Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 25, 2016
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Sweet sixteen and never been kissed . . .That’s Aurora Skye’s big secret. And the way she wants it to stay. She’s not going to give away her first kiss to just anyone. Busy dodging suitors and matchmaking for her best friends, Aurora (not so) patiently awaits her prince.
But everything changes when Aurora is coerced into a lead role in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing. Which means she’ll have to lock lips with her co-star Hayden Paris—the smart and funny boy next door who also happens to be the bane of her existence, always around to see her at her worst.
Now Aurora is more determined than ever to have her first kiss with the one who’s truly worthy of it. But first she’ll have to figure out just who that person is.
Romantic and funny, Tara Eglington's How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a feel-good tale of finding love where you least expect it.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
If you read my Book Buzz last week, you’re familiar with Aurora Skye and How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You by Tara Eglington. I finally finished the book (I feel like I’ve been reading it for ages. My reading comes in short spurts lately), and I enjoyed it. It’s not without its flaws (but what book isn’t really), but it could be because I’m a little far removed from being a teenager, even though it feels like yesterday.
How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a re-telling of Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing. It’s a comedy of errors that’s both cute and infuriating at the same time. One of my problems with the comedy of errors premise is that the main character tends to be clueless, and that is one of my pet peeves. As I read, all I could do was think, “surely Aurora isn’t this oblivious.” Turns out she is that oblivious. But that’s just a personal pet peeve of mine.
I spent the first half of the book completely annoyed and the last half completely engrossed. So what happened? Aurora started addressing some serious feelings from her past and started realizing why she keeps pushing Hayden away. Hayden, btw, is about as good of a book boyfriend as it gets. Swoon worthy, seriously. Anyway, when she starts being authentic and stops trying to be a relationship guru, I instantly connected with her and her feelings.
The only thing that really bothered me enough to call it a critical flaw is that Aurora’s dad never apologizes for treating her like crap and for taking his new girlfriend’s side every single time something happens. His girlfriend all but verbally abuses her and he just acts like it’s okay. Not okay. He apologizes for a trivial thing, but never that. And it bothered me a lot.
But, in the end, I think most readers will like How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You. It really is a sweet book that will resonate with teen girls. I would have loved it when I was in high school. I can guarantee you’d I’d have fantasized about Hayden Paris and fan-casted him in my head.
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