Book in Review: The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay12:01 PM
Title: The Kiss
Author: Lucy Courtenay
Publishing Date: July 2nd 2015
Publisher; Hachette Children's Group
'Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed - boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere - boum! Tu comprends?' 'Where did it end up?' I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now. 'It ended with me. And now I am going to pass it to you. You will like that, mermaid?' Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer's night, on a moonlit beach in the South of France, as French boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat-up line she's ever heard. BOOM! Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head-spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break-ups and melt-downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it's gone ...Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble? A hilarious rom-com that will delight Geek Girls everywhere!
Delilah is a wonderful protagonist. She's filled with equal amounts of spunk, sass, and wit that you would root for her as she tries to save the play and also sympathize with her as she deals with her money problems. The romance between Delilah and Jem is fun because it's filled with drama and antics, but there isn't much depth to it, so explains my lack of interest in the two as a couple. There are also great moments between Delilah and her best friend Tabby, and I found their relationship more interesting to explore. The novel reads like a fastpaced teen romcom with its notable quirks and twists and turns in the story. The story is actually quite all over the place, but is pretty simple to follow. There are no boring parts or dull moments and this is the sort of book you can read through in one sitting.
Although there is not much substance to this book, it's best to read when you just want to relax and not think. Granted, with its lighthearted, yet somehow a bit juvenile storyline, this book will definitely appeal more to the younger audience; so if you're like me who's looking for books that will challenge and make you grow as a reader, then better just avoid this book.
Still can't deny how much I love the premise though! Excuse me while I'm off catching the first plane to Paris just to find my own legendary Aphordite's kiss!