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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Reviewer: Melissa on August 11, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
With a tagline like, “A girl’s gotta do who a girl’s gotta do,”Erin Downing‘s recent 14+ release, Kiss It, left visions of Sex And The City dancing through my head. I had the feeling that the novel would somehow reflect this show to a teen audience. However, now that I’ve read this novel, I can honestly say that it goes above and beyond a sex-crazed teen to share important insights into adolescent life and show considerable growth in the main character over the course of the story.
Chastity, or Chaz, Bryan is a normal teen girl with a healthy interest in sex, but unlike her high school counterparts, like her best friend Sadie, she doesn’t believe that sex has to be a sappy, romantic foray. So when sexy, out of town Sebastian strolls into the restaurant where she works, KissIt shows that true lust can be just as strong of a driving force as true love. Of course, things don’t always turn out as planned, and perhaps it’s fair to say that neither Chaz, nor Sebastian knows what they’re in for this time around. I can guarantee that even you, dear reader, will find that there’s more than meets the eye.
Erin Downing’s latest book brought me places that I never expected to enjoy when I started reading YA novels. I mean I’d heard of some novels that featured sex just for the sake of it and cliquey girls. While I can understand the possible appeal to an older teen, these type of books often seem very vacuous to me. Downing’s novel, however, appealed to me immediately, and it wasn’t because I have a signed copy either! From the cover design, which the author likely had nothing to do with to Chaz’s attitude, there is a lot to love about this novel.
For me personally, the positives about this book are so much easier to find than the negatives. Chaz’s attitude was something that I immediately fell in love with and her vocabulary and language seemed fresh and realistic. Having grown up in a small town myself, I could readily understand the main character’s feelings of frustration and boredom first and foremost, and the more I read of the novel, the more I began to identify with her. Yes, indeed, I even liked her. For those who want to know the effects of living in a small town will have on teens, this is the book to check out.
In addition, however, Kiss It goes far beyond the obvious premise, which was something I sensed even from the description on the back cover. Since I’m a pretty sensitive girl, it wasn’t hard to feel Chaz’s emotions when unexpected plot devices popped up with Downing’s help. You’ll end up laughing and quite possibly crying at some points, which is a sure sign of a great, contemporary YA novel in my opinion. Check it out and enjoy the ride!
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