Kissing in America

Kissing in America

Book - 2015
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When she falls for a boy who moves to California without any warning, sixteen-year-old Eva and her best friend Annie set off on a road trip to the West Coast to see him again, confronting the complex truth about love along the way.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062322371
0062322370
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 22 cm

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Two years after her father's death, sixteen-year-old Eva is still struggling. Taking comfort in romance novels, it doesn't take much for her to fall for Will, who seems to be the only other person who can understand her grief. But when she learns Will is moving to California, Eva hatches a plan t... Read More »

Sixteen-year-old Eva Roth confronts the complexities of grief, relationships, and love of all kinds as she begins to forge her own voice and path as a woman and a poet.


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 02, 2016

I thought I would like this book a lot more than I did. The book was good overall, but there were parts where the ridiculousness of the characters just made me cringe. The characters’ quirkiness didn’t always fit in with the main storyline about the strained, grief-filled relationship between Eva and her mother.

AliReads Oct 18, 2015

If you want a coming of age, road trip novel about a girl who loves reading romances and a mother who can't stand them, a best friend who may be the Smartest Girl in America (depending on how the quiz show turns out), an aunt who is obsessed with STDs and a journey to find love/deal with grief, this this is all yours!

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marthabwaters
Aug 02, 2015

Road trip stories aren't my favorite YA subgenre, but I'm willing to make an exception for this one, which was pretty spectacular. Love & grief are mixed perfectly in this gorgeous book about two best friend on a cross-country bus trip from NYC to CA to compete on a game show (and see a boy!). The characters are fully realized and the joys and heartaches of Eva, the narrator, feel totally vivid and real. Highly recommended.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Jul 05, 2015

I loved this book. It combines friendship and first love and cultural diversity and humor and appreciation for romance novels and a hilarious road trip all in one gorgeously written package.

Here’s a breakdown of Kissing in America:

Eva’s mother is a professor, huge feminist, and over protective.
Eva is obsessed with romance novels – the smutty, embarrassing to read on the bus kind.
Her father died two years ago and she lies to everyone about how he died – she says it was a heart attack and not a plane crash.
Her best friend is Annie and she is under a lot of pressure to make her parents proud since all her two older sisters will ever amount to is sales associates at American Eagle. Eva has always had a crush on Will.
Eva starts tutoring Will and as they learn about each other and open up in ways they never have with anyone else, Eva’s love and their friendship grows.
When Will suddenly moves across the country to California, Eva is determined to find a way to see him.
When she discovers that The Smartest Girls in America is casting for a new reality game show that is shooting in California, she convinces Annie to enter and our story begins.

Eva and Annie embark on a bus trip where they’ll stay with the most bizarre family and friends along the way. They’ll learn about love, friendship, and of course, what an STD looks like when it gets in your eye thanks to Eva’s crazy aunt.

Kissing in America is going to be one of the hottest reads this summer, it really has everything you want in a summer read. I loved that Eva felt like a complete person with her undying love of romance novels and her mourning over the loss of her father. During this really short time in her life, she learns a lot about herself, her family, and her friends. She'll learn that sometimes her mother and aunt are right, and sometimes they can be wrong.

theycallmehoops Jun 22, 2015

A really great summer read about an awkward road trip, chasing a boy, game shows, love, grief, and friendship.

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