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If we kiss

by Vail, Rachel.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA VAIL Rachel
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA VAIL Rachel
Green Tree Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA VAI
Location  Green Tree Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA VAI
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y Vail
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Call Number  Y Vail
As discreetly as possible I pressed my right fist against my mouth and stuck my gum to the back of it, just in case this was going to turn into a kissing-type thing. Even in my inexperience, I knew you are not supposed to have gum in your mouth while you kiss. Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "Wha ... what did ... " And then he kissed me. If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can't help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-10. As the story begins, without a word being spoken, ninth-grader Charlotte (Charlie ) is maneuvered into a French kiss by Kevin Lazarus. New to kissing, Charlie is impressed but foresees nothing but complications. Her best friend, Tess, is Kevin's girlfriend, and Kevin's father is dating Charlie's mother. Charlie keeps the kiss to herself, obsesses about it, and tries to forget it, and then, at a family ski trip (stepsibling status is only months away), Kevin kisses her again. What does it all mean? In Charlie's funny first-person voice (she is much funnier and more knowing than any ninth-grader on the planet), Vail ponders until, frankly, readers may tire of the question. Subplots, such as Charlie's moment (and it's only a moment) as a crusader for freedom of the press, barely make a dent in her Kevin-kiss fixation. There are some very appealing elements here, including the remarriage of a divorced parent. However, the story is at its best when Charlie must grapple with pursuing a crush and staying loyal to a friend--a situation that will resonate with Vail's many fans. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vail (the Friendship Ring series) proves that first love is anything but simple and sweet in this lively contemporary novel narrated by high-school freshman Charlotte ("Charlie") Collins. Charlie's dreams about what it would be like to be kissed by a boy ("Maybe there would be a tree above us, maybe some music would be playing") turn out to be a far cry from the actuality of her first smooch with flirtatious Kevin Lazarus. For one thing, the kiss occurs in a less than ideal setting, against the back wall of the school building ("a decorative sticking-out brick was digging into my backbone") and the head ninth-grade teacher, who witnesses the whole thing from his window, reports the incident to Charlie's mother. While Charlie vacillates between humiliation and infatuation with Kevin, her best friend Tess (who knows nothing about the kiss) also falls for Kevin. Meanwhile, Charlie's divorced mother coincidentally becomes smitten with Kevin's father. Overwhelmed by the complexities of love and lust, Charlie finds herself on the sharp point of a love triangle, knowing it is just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. The author's frank representation of teen sentiments and razor-sharp wit will keep readers turning pages to see how Charlie will handle her dilemmas, which grow increasingly complicated with each chapter. Charlie does not escape unscathed, yet her ability to rebound from heartbreak and embarrassment is reassuring and convincing. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Audience Grs 7 up.
Language English
Description 259 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 006056914X
0060569158 (lib. bdg.)
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