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The Kissing Booth

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The Kissing Booth

Rochelle absolutely definitely does not have a crush on her best friend's older brother, Noah Flynn --- or at least that is what she tells herself. It doesn't matter that he is ridiculously sexy and secretly smart. And did I mention sexy? He also starts fights and is completely infuriating. Plus, his over-protectiveness of Rochelle has prevented her from ever having a date --- or kissing a boy --- even though she is 16. But when an encounter between Noah and Rochelle at their school's kissing booth leads them to start up an illicit romance, Rochelle starts to rethink her stance on the school's bad boy. 

"The trajectory of Rochelle and Noah's relationship is definitely the main draw of THE KISSING BOOTH, as we watch their incessant bickering give way to mutual attraction, but there is plenty more to get you hooked on this novel."

THE KISSING BOOTH is the kind of book you don't want to put down. The chemistry between the two lead characters is intense, and their messy romance is fun to follow even when it isn't so fun for the characters to experience. You can see exactly why Rochelle would fall for Noah, but also exactly why she wouldn't want herself to. Another great aspect of the novel is Rochelle's relationship with Noah's younger brother, her best friend Lee. He is the most important person in Rochelle's life --- they were born on the same day and spend practically all their time together --- and if this were a different book, the author would probably force one of them to fall for the other or at least saddle one of them with unrequited feelings. But Beth Reekles doesn't do that, and it makes Rochelle and Lee's friendship all the more compelling and true to life. When Rochelle (or Elle or Shelly, as she is variously called throughout the book) says that she and Lee are like two halves of a whole, you believe it, but also understand that she means it platonically.  

The trajectory of Rochelle and Noah's relationship is definitely the main draw of THE KISSING BOOTH, as we watch their incessant bickering give way to mutual attraction, but there is plenty more to get you hooked on this novel. It gives a very accurate depiction of high school life, in all its gossipy glory, and the ending is ambiguous without leaving any plot point hanging. Though Rochelle and Noah's relationship can get a bit sappy at times, it doesn't detract much from this overall enjoyable read.

Reviewed by Erin Allen on June 6, 2013

The Kissing Booth
by Beth Reekles

  • Publication Date: May 14, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ember
  • ISBN-10: 0385378688
  • ISBN-13: 9780385378680