Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
Meet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular–and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile–and a total player. And also Elle’s best friend’s older brother…
When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school’s Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer–this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak.
But will Elle get her happily ever after?
I went into this book with unknown expectations. There wasn’t much of a plot description and the reviews on Goodreads were a little mixed but I decided to give it a shot anyways. I haven’t read a book lately where someone falls in love with a best friend’s sibling and truly enjoyed it so I though perhaps this one might be it.
Unfortunately, this book didn’t do too much for me.
I think it mostly has to do with Elle’s character. She was set up in such a way that I knew I was supposed to like her and in theory I should have. She was a tomboy, had mostly guy friends and wasn’t obsessive with the need to have a boyfriend like most girls her age. She actually reminded me a lot of Jordan from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks, #1)–and truthfully this whole book did a little bit though they have completely different plot lines–where I knew I was supposed to like her but there was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. As I read it more, I think it was the way she took the wrong things seriously and downplayed the serious things. I also didn’t get her logic at times either–she just seemed to go about things the round-about way and not directly.
There isn’t much (read: any) plot besides Elle dealing with her feelings for her BFF‘s brother and how her BFF reacts. However, the romance aspect is really cute and there is enough “drama” within this plot to keep it moving forward.
The only time I did like Elle was at the end where she got a little bit realistic. Although it seemed out of place, I appreciated the realism that was attempted. However, as much as I appreciate the realism, an epilogue would be nice 😉 According to her Wattpad Page, Miss Reekles is not planning a sequel for The Kissing Booth which I think is a good choice based on the way it ended (there isn’t too much you could do plot wise) but I also would have liked a bit more closure based on the way it ended.
There is a novella that I believe is an extended scene of the book available on Wattpad that you can read for free. I didn’t read it but I might one day.
Oh, I also thought the book might be more “British” in its delivery as the author is from the UK, but it actually takes place in America and it very American in its delivery so just be advised! It kind-of threw me at the start 😛
It was a cute read, but nothing overly fabulous. I liked the way it poked fun at other books of the genre and I liked that it didn’t always take the “cliché” way with its plot. If you want a slower, cute, clean, and quick read about falling in love with your BFF’s older brother, then check it out–otherwise, pass!
Genre: Teen/Young Adult, Romance,
Recommended for: 16
Similar Reads: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks, #1) and Saved by Kelly Elliot (Wanted, #2)