19 April 2016

Review #402: The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“One day you will kiss a man you can't breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence.”

----Karen Marie Moning

Lucy Courtenay, an American author, has penned a heart-touching and entertaining young adult contemporary love-story, The Kiss that narrates the story of a teenage girl who after experiencing the best kiss of her life, starts judging the relationship of her best friend with her boyfriend with the level of their kiss and soon on her attempt to fix things , this teenager messes up not only her friend's life but also her life as well.


'Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed - boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere - boum! Tu comprends?' 'Where did it end up?' I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now. 'It ended with me. And now I am going to pass it to you. You will like that, mermaid?' Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer's night, on a moonlit beach in the South of France, as French boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat-up line she's ever heard. BOOM! Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head-spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break-ups and melt-downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it's gone ...Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble?

Delilah, a 16-year old teenager, kisses a French guy and as per her, she had the lushest kiss ever in her lifetime. Coming back home, Delilah makes it her mission to save her best friend, Tabs from the boy she is currently dating as their kiss is nothing like hers. And to make her friend have the lushest kiss, she tries to break them apart by letting Tabs kiss a bar-guy. And when Tab's boy friend, Sam, falls for someone else, things get heated up between the two young girls. What happens next is for you to find out!

Well, this is a bit mawkish story and a lot more swoon-worthy that will make you feel for the main character and her troubles in paradise. The writing style of the author is articulate and laced with lots of emotions, hat will make you feel young at your hearts. The story line is fresh and coming-of-age and very realistic. The narrative is free-flowing and the author has captured the voice of a present day 16 year old girl quite strikingly. The pacing of the book is really fast as you will feel like drowning into the cute world of Delilah and her kisses.

The characters are realistic and believable. The main character, Delilah, is bit of a controlling freak, but she is charming and the troubles she faces especially the issues related to her broken heart and her broken friendship are handled very sensitively by her. The friendship between the two girls projected with realism and challenges. The supporting cast, especially, the main male character, Jem is a adorable and extremely sexy, who is also a bit of a flirt, and sadly I did not like his way too cheesy demeanor.

The love story between Jem and Delilah is cute and mushy but has been projected with enough emotions to make the readers feel for them. The passion between them is very evident and raw and in a nutshell, this is an enjoyable love-drama that will keep the readers engaged till the end.

Verdict: A mushy YA love story with lots of kisses and sex-ed!

Courtesy: Thanks to the author, Lucy Courtenay, for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

Author Info:
Lucy Courtenay has officially been writing children’s fiction since 1999, and unofficially for a lot longer than that. Her desk drawers are full of half-finished stories waiting for the right moment to emerge and dance around her study in a shower of exuberant paperclips. She’s written for series such as THE SLEEPOVER CLUB, ANIMAL ARK, DOLPHIN DIARIES and BEAST QUEST, NAUGHTY FAIRIES, DREAM DOGS, ANIMAL ANTICS, SCARLET SILVER and, most recently, WILD. In her spare time, she sings with the BBC Symphony Chorus and forages for mushrooms which her husband wisely refuses to touch.
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