Friday, January 29, 2010

The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

Book Review #16
The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
Rating: Four stars (refer to the rating system on the right)

Summary: (taken from back of the book)
Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. Anyway, the coach moves everyone from JV up to varsity. It's just what happens. But that’s not what happens. This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. 
Parker has spent her life being a team player, but as soon as school starts, she's stuck with (horrors of horrors) the freshman, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. Worse? Her friends her own age are cutting her loose, and now the freshman kid across the street is the only person who'll give her the time of day.
But Parker's determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team and she has the perfect plan. The only catch? She has to trick her way into place in the kissing booth at the school's annual sports fair, then pull a stunt crazier than any she could dream up on her own. But that kiss has to look real. And Parker is less than experienced in playing that sort of field. Parker knows that practice makes perfect. Now she just has to find the right coach... 

After just reading a pretty intense read, The ABC's of Kissing is just what I needed to lighten the mood. I loved the setup of the book, the chapters were labeled in alphabetically order and had words revolving around kissing/kisses. I didn't even know some of these terms, they were really fun, like "butterfly kiss" and "caterpillar kiss". Not only did the book focus on the kissing aspect, but also the true meaning of friendships, popularity, and finding yourself. Parker losing her spot on the varsity team, resulted in losing her "friends". Parker will do just about anything to get her old life back, even if that means resorting to getting help from the freshman next door. I really enjoyed Tristan's character, he was cute, funny, and oddly mature for his age. The fact that their dads were feuding, added the perfect touch. When Parker's plan starts to unravel, she finds out who her real friends are and realizes that, maybe, possibly, it's worth it to to be seen with the freshman. In the end, Parker falls for the wrong guy, the last guy in fact she ever thought she’d like. Although the end, was a bit predictable, the romance was definitely real. The ABC's of Kissing was a very cute, sweet, even funny, and a very fluffy read, that well undoubtedly leave you smiling by the end. It was a short, fun book that was just prefect for relaxing with after a long day.


Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Aww, sounds like a cute read and I love the cover!

Jami said...

Sounds like the type of read I like on a lazy Sunday. :)

Emidy said...

This doesn't seem like the type of book I'd pick on my own, but it's great to relax with an easy and fun read once in a while. Great review!

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Hazra said...

Sometimes you need cutesy books like this one, they relax you and you have fun.

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ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

This book sounds like an easy read.
I love YA reads but I am so glad that I am no longer of that age and pass all that immaturity.
While reading your review and could totally see myself rooting for Parker!!=)

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Book Crazy Jenn said...

Been thinking about picking up this book - thanks for the awesome review

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Thank you for participating in The Saturday Network!
And great review. The ABCs of Kissing Boys definitely sounds light, fluffy, and fun, and I've been thinking of checking it out for a while now. Feuding dads remind me of Romeo and Juliet, lol. :D

Lauren said...

Great review! This sounds like such a cute book! I've actually had it my TBR pile for ages now; so hopefully I'll be getting to it soon.

By the way, you should defnitly check out her previous two books, Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress and How to Hook a Hottie. Both are fine, light reads too. :)

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