Kissing Booth by Lexie Hill
(Scholastic Point, Paperback, 2009)
Lisi is cursed. In elementary school, she ran screaming from a boy who tried to kiss her and ever since then, she's has a solid NBK status. Never Been Kissed. This year, though, Lisi is determined to kiss senior football star Brett Jacobson. Her school throws a spring carnival every year to raise money and Lisi has convinced her friends that their table should be a kissing booth. As the date of the carnival gets closer, Lisi starts to realize that maybe Brett was a jerk and her first kiss crush might have been beside her all along.
Even though the plot line is a bit cliche, this book was fun to read. After all, we have cliches for a reason. Many books are centered around a wallflower girl with her sights set on the popular guy. In the case of this book, it works because of the kissing booth element. Organizing the kissing booth provides Lisi with the opportunity to evaluate her feelings for Brett and to appreciate her true friends. Despite the fun, flirty tone of the book, I was thoroughly disappointed by the big reveal at the end. Lisi comes to her senses when Brett tries to kiss her at the booth and she stands up and announces to her whole school that's she never been kissed and that she lied to everyone and...well, you get the idea. I physically cringed when I got to that part. No one does that in real life. It was so out of character that the ending fell a little flat. If the scene has been done differently, the ending would have been much more enjoyable.