REVIEW: The Kiss

by Lucy Courtenay

Pages: 336 paperback
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group 
Publication Date: July 2nd 2015
ISBN: 9781444922868
Received From:  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! 


This is one of those books I got a while back but for some reason never got around to reading and much like with The Duff I have no idea why I didn't read it sooner!! I fell in love with this book instantly, the characters and the story captivated my attention from the get go and the idea of The Kiss spoke to the hopeless romantic in me. 

This Kiss is a story of romance and teen angst. It follows teen Delilah as she discovers the power of a single kiss - Aphrodite's kiss to exact. The myth is that Aphrodite kissed a mortal under a full moon and it drove him mad and so to easy his madness he kissed another passing on the kiss. The kiss then traveled until one day, many many moons later, it fell upon Delilah. However, when Delilah has to take on a job with sexy, body painting, Jem the kiss becomes more than some myth and one simple kiss might not just change her life but her best friends to. 

By now we all know I have a thing for flawed characters, no one is perfect and I connect more with a character that messes up and learns from their mistakes than someone who sales through from cover to cover without putting a foot wrong. This Kiss is one of those books where EVERYONE has their flaws but that's okay! Throughout the course of the book you see these characters deal with their problems, overcome things they thought were long past saving and learn to accept other people for their mistakes to. There is something about a story that embraces human nature of making mistakes that I find utterly charming and The Kiss is one of those stories. 

This is a book about first loves, friendship and learning to deal with the consequences of your actions. It is heart warming from start to finish and Delilah's point of view is uniquely witty for a sixteen year old. It feels real and honest and yet at the same time magical and full of whimsy. I couldn't but this book down and if you haven't read it get I'd highly recommend it. 

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