Kissing In America by Margo Rabb
Summary: Kissing in America is a (sorta) tragic love story about Eva's first love. Eva's father passed away in a plane accident two years ago and since then Eva's mother and Eva's lives have never been the same. While Eva's mother seems to push Eva's father out of their lives as quickly as possible Eva wants to remember her, but is left with no one to talk to about him so instead she lets everyone think he passed away by a heart attack in his sleep. However, soon at her school she meets Will. Will is dangerously wonderful and she soon finds that it is hard to keep her father's death a secret from him. By the time she gives in Will has fallen in love with her and soon they become an item. However, disaster strikes when Will is forced to move to California suddenly and Eva is left behind. Eva, being a romance book lover, could not stand for her relationship to end so suddenly and was determined to visit Will in California, but problems occur when her mother denies her. Luckily Eva was able to find a way around that by entering her best friend in the smartest girl in the world competition located in California. After her friend, Annie, makes it in the contest, they both head on a road trip (no planes because of Eva's father's accident) to California. *to read spoilers scroll down*
Opinion: I enjoyed this book mostly. I really sympathized with Eva's back story and so I couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for her throughout the book, but Eva is a pretty strong person so when I saw Eva falling for Will so desperately I wanted to tell her to stop?!(does this even make sense) I think the reason Eva depended on Will so much was because her mother never provided her an outlet and so when someone finally seemed to care she took it all in, but when Will left she was left alone. Her love for romance novels also only provided her with happy endings and it never really showed her the truth or other possibilities.
I really enjoyed reading all the stories she experienced on her road trip to California and I think that the road trip really helped open her eyes to how life was full of other stories, not just romantic ones.
I didn't really enjoy the part at the contest. Eva just usually seemed pretty mature until the contest and I get that she was desperate, but I personally don't think it was worth it.(lol you probably don't know what I'm talking about ) I would recommend this book to people who want to know the truth about love and people who want to read a story about other kinds of relationships (like friendships and family love). This book would also be good for anyone who just wants to read about an adventure between two friends. *to read spoilers scroll down*
Cover: 3/5 (idk I just didn't particularly like the neon sign even though it made sense with the story)
Favorite Quote:"A person should die in one peace. A good death. People shouldn't die with their bodies destroyed. How you die was never a phrase that had entered my head before."
Summary Spoilers: So once Eva and Annie arrive at the contest Eva is desperate to see Will, but Will was only available right then and so Eva had to sneak out. Unfortunately, Eva could not make it back in the contest room in time and was forced to stay out and right when Annie was about to win Annie need Eva's help, because there was a romance novel question, but Annie was nowhere to be found. Embarrassed, Eva had a whole apology to Annie and they made up, but Will was out of her life. Even though they didn't win the contest Annie got the back up prize, and Eva's mom finally realized her little girl could survive without her constant nagging, but most importantly Eva learned that life wasn't a romance novel and that even though in books couples always made it through thick and thin, it doesn't always happen in real life. Opinion Spoilers:I was actually pretty mad at Eva. It was one of those moments where you are thinking WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU SHOULDN'T SEE WILL. ANNIE NEEDS YOU GET BACK IN THERE YOU'RE GOING TO BE LATE and yeah stuff like that. There was a lot of frustration there. At the same time I was mad at Will for letting such a kind person like Eva go, but reading through the book it was clear Will had changed and that pretty much everyone had learned something, but that it was still all going to be ok.
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