My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: HarperCollins Canada
Published: December 18th, 2018
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Drama, Family, Friendship, Romance, High School
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect. Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.
‘‘Enough! No more relationships. Men are incapable of being faithful and I shall not let my heart be destroyed by them once more!’’
Is what Zae is thinking as she is planning a kiss competition with her best girlfriends to see who can collect the most kisses. Except, not in those exact words, because my creative mind has missed a few days of work due to laziness and now it’s working overtime.
You see, her boyfriend, with whom she was madly in love (or so she thought), cheated on her. And her father, who was supposed to be a male role model in her life, gave up on his long marriage with her mother. ‘‘What a loser!’’
Oops, there goes my overtime and underpaid employee again.
Is Zae right to forsake romantic relationships and label her dad and every other guy out there a hormone-saturated creature without the chromosomes necessary for starting a stable and long-lasting relationship?
No, of course not! But for a couple of hours—let’s say 5—you have to be in the mind of someone who thinks she is right in her thinking that. Which I personally did not mind doing. Watching Zae take control of her own body and claiming those kisses like a boss was a lot of fun. I predicted drama would ensue, rightly so, and with drama sometimes comes a llama.
So this was entertaining, but as mentioned above, predictable. Also, there is a love-triangle you’ll want to murder. Decent and enjoyable on a summer day (unfortunately it comes out in December so you may not find one right away). I just wouldn’t auto-buy if I were you.
PS. This was a hell of a weird review. But I am pleased to announce my now disgruntled employee has clocked out.
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