Friday, February 17, 2012

Kiss, Crush, Collide by Christina Meredith

What Leah did—only she really shouldn’t have—one hot night at a country club party.

What Leah has—only she really shouldn’t have—on the guy with the green eyes, the guy who is not her perfect boyfriend, the guy who does not fit in her picture-perfect life, the guy her sisters will only mock and her mother will never approve of. Not in a million years.

What happens when everything you always thought you wanted—having cool friends, being class valedictorian and homecoming queen—runs smack into everything it turns out you really do want. 

This book was shaky, as if the author wasn't quite sure what she wanted this book to be. It has the potential to be a wonderful read, but this story didn't live up to possible expectations. It's a whole lot of teens pumped up with a lot of hormones that give them "Urges" and the strange need to rebel against their parents. Although I can see why Leah would want to rebel against her mother (she's kind of a total commanding B-word), the author spent so much time making the mother look bad that the mother's character came across as weak.

Leah on the other hand is so wrapped up and confused about what she wants and who she is that she hardly comes to a conclusion at all. The book just sorta ends with things magically working out. Also I have no clue why Porter/Duffy is such a man hoe. By the way, "Porter" (Good name).....Duffy (Icky name). In the end it's just a serious oil-water mixture of cliche', stereotypical, teenage problems. I could have gone on without all the sexual tension and temper tantrums.

On my good side, I feel as if I should say at least one good thing. I've got 2! First off, the cover is nice, intense, and really sexy. That's a plus. The other thing is that this book has some good, accurate descriptions of how teen girls look at their lives sometimes. It's nice for a cruddy book to have a small spark in it at least. It's just not bright enough to set this book aflame.   Plot: 2/5 stars   Cover 4/5 stars    -Katie

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