Blog Tour: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb2:42 PM
Author: Margo Rabb
Pages: 400 pages, Hardcover
I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldn't be broken. I loved that security, that guaranteed love.
In real life, you never knew the ending. I hated that.
Sixteen-year-old Eva has never been in love. But when she meets Will, everything changes. With him, her grief over her father's death fades, and she can escape from her difficult relationship with her mother. Then, without any warning, Will picks up and moves to California. So Eva—with the help of her best friend, Annie—concocts a plan to travel across the country to see him again. As they leave New York City for the first time and road-trip across America, they encounter cowboys, kudzu, and tiny towns without stoplights. Along the way, Eva and Annie learn the truth about love and all its complexities.
When I started reading this book, I thought it would be a cute, lighthearted love story that would be quick and easy to read. Instead of this, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there's actually so much more to it than that. It's a story of friendship, feminism, loss, and all kinds of love.
I admit that for more than 3/4 of the book, I was frustrated with Eva, the main character and with the plot in general. I thought it was silly that someone would go all across the country to chase after one guy or that Eva thought that romance would be able to take away her grief for the death of her father. In fact, I was ready to quit about half-way through but decided to stick it out because I have heard so many good things about this book, and I'm very happy that I kept on reading.
Our main character loves romance novels and believes that her life will play out just like one. She goes all the way to California from New York just for a guy. I admit it sounds like a senseless idea, but I grew to understand that Eva is someone who is desperate and naive. She's reeling from the loss of her father and seeking escape from her overbearing mother who ignore that their father ever even existed. Maybe even then it's not a rational decision, but a bit more understandable one.
The plot is nothing all that special, but the ending and the execution definitely made it worthwhile. In the end, everything that should have happened happened. Eva comes out of this story as a more mature person, one on the road to recovery. And as she matured, so she did her mother and everyone else in this book. It was good to see a book that shows that the greatest love is not romantic love but a parent to their child. A book that shows so much justified development.
All in all, I really liked this book and thought that it was one of the best ones I'e read so far. There were some things that are unrealistic, but it's easy to forget and ignore that because of the hopeful and sweet ending. You may need to reflect on it after to understand it better, but when you do you'll realize that it is in fact a great book. If you want to read something sweet an easy yet meaningful, this is the book for you.
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Margo Rabb's stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She received grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic Monthly fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. A complete list of her published work can be found here.
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