Simon Pulse

January 2011

$9.99 US

410p pb

ISBN: 978-1442402164

fp May 2010

After The Kiss

Terra Elan McVoy

from the book...

This moment changes everything.

Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He's a brainy jock with a poet's heart—in other words, perfect for her.

Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.

Too bad that new boy is Becca's boyfriend, Alec.

Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.

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Genres: Poetry, Romance, Teen issues

This novel is set in Atlanta, America, and talks about the lives of two very different girls. The first girl, Becca, has a great life, with her family, job and her perfect boyfriend, Alec. He is a brainy jock who is a poet at heart. The second girl, Camille, is hiding her true self and is careful not to let her heart wander, especially since an incident in Chicago.

But when Camille gets a surprise kiss from Alec, both of these girls’ worlds intertwine and turn upside down as they deal with what happens afterwards and try to find a place where they belong.

This novel would mostly appeal to the typical teenage audience, as it talks about the issues they face while trying to deal with their social and love lives, parents, schools, jobs and the choices they have to make for their future. Dealing with all this at the same time can be a bit hectic. The main thing I liked about the book was the fact that I could relate to some of the themes discussed, which meant that I could sympathise with a character and understand how they would feel. The biggest thing about the book is that it is written in verse, however, the poetry is not difficult to understand, and the reader gets used to it after a while. Also the poetry helps express the feelings of the characters more than normal writing does, which again helps you to feel more like you are part of the story. I recommend every teenager to read this book, as it addresses issues that they would all have dealt with, or will deal with in the future, and gives some helpful advice.

Vaisharli, age 15, Canberra, Australia

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