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The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

The ABC's of Kissing BoysIt all started when Parker Stanhope didn’t make the varsity soccer team junior year. She was one of the only two JV players to not get moved up, and Parker sees this as unbelievably unfair. Now Parker’s where she’s been for the past two years, slumming it seems with the freshmen instead of chilling with the rest of the juniors and seniors. To make matters worse, Parker’s so-called friends, all of whom got moved up to varsity, have turned against her, determined to make her life more miserable than it already is. Enter the plan: for Parker to trick her way into a spot behind the kissing booth at her school’s annual sports fair, the varsity soccer booth. This, hopefully, will permanently place her among varsity ranks. Everything is in place except for the catch—the kiss has to look real. What’s an inexperienced girl like Parker to do? Hire a kissing coach of course!

Ferraro pulls off yet another sweet, romantic, and memorable story in The ABC’s of Kissing Boys. Parker is a girl with a plan, but predictably, the plan becomes hard to stick to once Parker falls for the wrong guy, the last guy in fact she ever thought she’d like. Parker’s world is made more realistic through friendship and high school drama, and odd family feud between her and her neighbor’s fathers, and of course, the romance. It seems like such a strange combination, but it works efficiently for this novel. In the end, I liked how it was less about the sports than it was about relationships, between Parker and her parents, her friends, and her freshman neighbor. It made the harsh treatments from her so-called friends forgettable and the ending all the more sweeter. Despite the predictability of the plot and Parker’s character, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys is still a wholly enjoyable romantic read that will leave the reader sighing in happiness.

Fans of Ferraro’s previous novels, especially How to Hook a Hottie, will enjoy The ABC’s of Kissing Boys. Readesr who like Catherine Clark’s and Rachel Hawthorne’s romances, as well as the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies, will not want to miss this cute novel either.

Rating: 4.25

Review copy from BookDivas

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Janie Emaus said...

I love all of Tina's books. They are so real and leave me with a satisfied feeling.


Mitzy said...

I loved this book and could not put it down! It was so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

It sounds really cute and I like the cover. Great review!

Janssen said...

I cannot WAIT to get started on this book. I'm glad to have read a little more of a thorough summary since I'm now more motivated to pull it out of the TBR stack and get moving on it!

TinaFerraro said...

Thank you so much for this lovely review, Book Muncher! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And I'd like to thank you also for your point that
the book isn't *really* about sports (or kissing, I might add). Yes, it's about relationships and friendships, and looking around and making sure the people you're keeping closest are the ones who are going to be there for you when the chips are down. With some soccer and kissing thrown in for good measure, of course! ;)

I hope your readers enjoy it, too!

Unknown said...

I did think that the family feud was pretty interesting - epsecially at the end! And you're right about the ending! It is pretty sweet!

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