Published by Simon Pulse on May 24th 2016
Genres: young adult, romance, contemporary
Kasie West meets Morgan Matson in this hilarious and heartwarming debut about a girl’s summer mission to get over her ex-boyfriend by kissing her way through the alphabet.
Getting dumped by her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.
From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the break-up doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I wanted to read a fluffy, contemporary book so badly and that’s what I got. 26 Kisses kinda took me by surprise because I expected it to be more indepth, yknow? Like, about a girl who finally finds herself and realizes that she needs no man? BUT don’t worry, I’m not bitter about it. Quite the opposite actually, I think this book was really REALLY ADORABLE. I mean, a girl going around doing 26 kisses? I’m really glad the author did not shy away from pointing out the real consequences of a girl doing that, especially one who just got out of a bad breakup.
To be pretty honest, the only characters I actually looove in this book are the main female and male lead. Veda was what you would expect from someone who just got her heart broken. She was unsure, definitely confused and a tad bit desperate for someone to love her. What I didn’t like was her best friend. I mean, is it just me or is the best friend QUITE forceful? I know that a best friend is supposed to do what it takes to help the other, but I think there’s a line to be crossed? Who makes their best friend kiss 26 guys? AND PROCEED TO FORCE HER TO GO ON EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW SHE IS IN LOVE WITH A PARTICULAR GUY????? Hello? Logic, please?
So, yes, I pretty much only looked forward to the romantic scenes (for the first time ever actually) and didn’t really like the interactions with the side characters. The family aspect was amazing too! OH that siblings dynamic that was enphasised in this book, especially when Veda was going through a particularly rough time. I love that she turned to her brother, instead of her best friend. LOOOVE IT.
But yes, this book had pretty much zilch drama, which makes it a pretty light read. I could definitely picture y’all reading it at the beach or something like that. HEHE.