Monday, July 19, 2010

Kiss It by Erin Downing

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Simon Pulse; Original edition (June 15, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1416997008

ISBN-13: 978-1416997009

Received From: Around the World Tours

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Product Description:

Chastity Bryan has never been shy about going after what she wants. And when sexy, mysterious, so-not-from-this-town Sebastian walks into Chaz's life, she knows in an instant that what she wants next is him. Chaz has no intention of playing for keeps—but she most definitely has intentions. Who needs true love when you've got true lust?

Sebastian has no idea what he's in for—but maybe neither does Chaz….

My Thoughts:

This book is definitely open about sex, it's not exactly raunchy, but it's not far off.  A coming of age story about a girl named Chastity, she is very open about wanting to have sex, but is still picky about who she wants to have it with.  This is the problem, since in her small town, the pickings are very slim.  That all changes when the handsome stranger, Sebastian, comes into the restaurant that Chastity works at.  Chaz is determined to win over Sebastian, but he's quite the enigma.  One minute he seems interested and the next he's ice cold.  Chaz just can't figure him out.

I really liked the snarky bark that Chaz's voice held through-out this book, she reminded me very much of me!  She was funny and smart-mouthed and genuinely likable.  Sebastian was a great male lead, he was sweet and funny, and it took a while to really figure out what he was all about.  I like the way the book was left open-ended so that you can choose what you think might happen as the characters lives go on.  Several of the side characters had me laughing out loud. 

The only problem I had with this book is that there was really no consequences for bad actions, which is something I like to see in YA books.  For someone my age, this book was very enjoyable, but I wouldn't recommend it to any teens I know.  I almost think it would have worked a lot better if the character where in college instead of high school.  The only thing that was really dealt with was safe sex, but the issues of teen drinking, the parties, promiscuity, and the vulgar language that were brought up in the book had no consequences at all.  I recommend this book to the 17 and up crowd.
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  1. Great review! You made me curious so I want to read it and I'm glad you brought up the point of consequences. That's one thing that I don't like about YA. A lot of times it almost seems like they just glamourize it and don't explain the consequences. I'll keep my eye open for this one though!

  2. Okay, now i'm curoius. the cover looks like a cute read and it's actually open about sex?wow..interesting.

  3. Great review. I might check this book out...however, I don't usually like a lot of sex in my YA. That's what I read romance for :)

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  4. I have this on my TBR and it was great to know your opinion of it! I'm only 15, so I'm still deciding whether or not I should read this...


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