The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
(Delacorte Press, Paperback, 2009)
Parker will do just about anything to make the varsity soccer team. So when her older brother and his best friend come up with a scheme involving a kissing booth, Parker is all in. There's only one small problem...Parker has to make the kiss look convincing and, even though she's a junior in high school, she's never really kissed a guy before. So she enlists the help of her next door neighbor, Tristan, even though he's only a freshman.
My favorite part about this book was the chapter headings. Each chapter title is devoted to one letter of the alphabet and gives a short lesson on kissing. For example, "Quixotic: Take the lead from Don Quixote: when it comes to a kiss, there's no such thing as too romantic." The book takes its cue from these light-hearted lessons and is a fun, upbeat read. Some of the plot elements were a little far-fetched (we all know that it is social suicide to date someone two grades younger than you). As long as you're willing to excuse a little creative plotting, you'll enjoy this hilarious, romantic novel. My favorite addition was the Romeo & Juliet side plot - who knew feuding neighbors could take their lawn care so seriously?
One last chapter heading to give you an idea of this book's playfulness...most reviewers have mentioned this one as their favorite: "Graduation: For many girls, great kissing is a diploma in itself; for many guys, it's a prerequisite to a bigger course of study." Ahh, so true. :-)