Big Book,  YA

The Kissing Booth

Beth Reekles
the kissing boothMeet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular–and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile–and a total player. And also Elle’s best friend’s older brother…
When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school’s Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer–this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak.
But will Elle get her happily ever after?

The Kissing Booth is a book I have long been waiting to read and in view of my summer holiday I thought it would make a perfect pre-vacation read to get me into a light breezy mood. Although it was successful in putting me in a good mood, I did find the synopsis a little misleading.
When I first picked up Beth Reeks standalone I was expecting a funny lighthearted romance with a prickly situation as Rochelle’s (who only answers to Elle and will give you the evils if you so dare call her Shelly) beau just so happens to be her best friend’s big bad-ass and not good news brother: Noah Flynn. I found the synopsis a little misleading because whilst I thought, and expected the actual kissing booth itself to be the centre of the story and have a massive and excruciating buildup to it, it was actually only the very first step to a myriad of tricky events, romantic moments and difficult decisions; for a girl who has to decide whether a friendship that was born when she could first crawl, is worth risking for what could very well be the right guy for her. Despite being incredibly irritating and the reason she’s never had a straight boy approach her with any intention other than to ask her for directions. Because if they did they might be the new proud owners a few stitches and bruises within the next hour.
I cannot say that I fell in love with Beth’s writing style as at times I felt she built up a situation and mood beautifully only to then state the obvious rendering all her previous work almost a little redundant. Having said that the speed and flow of the narration was good allowing each chapter and event to flow smoothly.
In all truthfulness I felt that I probably would have enjoyed The Kissing Booth more had the synopsis been a little clearer in what to expect.
Despite this I still enjoyed The Kissing Booth and found it to be a light hearted read, with no drama, a wonderful trusting friendship and some rather funny moments.
Verdict: I was very surprised to hear that Beth Reekles had written The Kissing Booth whilst undergoing her A levels!!! I will be keeping an eye out for more of her stories.
It should be noted that this book does contain some reference to adult scenes, but nothing direct. This said I do not feel that by any means it falls into a New Adult classification and have not categorized it as such.
Reviewed by Pruedence

Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: December 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 450
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Pruedence
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British book


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