By Erin Downing
June 15, 2010
Simon Pulse, 288 pages
Chastity, aka Chaz, is a high school senior who cannot wait to flee her closed-minded, constricting small town.
One night at the beginning of winter break when a stranger enters the restaurant where Chaz works, she is instantly taken with him—and his sexy body. Sebastian is staying with his dad for the holidays, and over the course of the break, from helping her cope with an unexpected crisis at home and a friend’s accidental pregnancy to sending her virginity to a point of no return, Sebastian changes Chaz’s life forever.
Intelligent and entertaining, Kiss It is a tribute to the unexpected thrills of regular life.
— Amazon.com description
When we were in New York, Carla grabbed this book, essentially threw it at me, and yelled: “READ THIS.” I’m never one to say no to anyone shoving a book into my hands, let alone Carla, so I didn’t think twice. And, ahahaha, this is such a Carla book.
Basically, I see this book as a modern take on Forever by Judy Blume – which is to say it has a clear theme of sex and its meaning, consequences and complications.
Sure, it’s a little heavy-handed, but getting comfortable talking about these issues is crazy important for teens, even if they’re not dealing with them firsthand. Plus, the main character was crazy likable. She’s funny and assertive, the type of girl I like to read about.
Anyone wanting to read an issues book with a humorous slant should give Kiss It a try – especially teens and librarians/teachers. This book may be controversial to some, but I think it’s also important to all.