02 December 2011
Author: Christina Meredith
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 336 Pages (December 27th, 2011)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!
Synopsis: Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some.
Review: 3 Stars - Kiss Crush Collide By Author Christina Meredith was a must read book based on cover and synopsis. Being touted as a recommendation for Perfect Chemistry fans, put this book even higher on the list of excited and eager to read. As soon as it arrived I dropped everything and read it cover to cover in one sitting.
Leah works hard at being the perfect daughter. She has two older sisters and struggles to step out and away from their shadows. Her family is high maintenance to the extreme with a mother that seriously would have driven me insane. As I said, Leah works hard at being perfect… but that’s about all I took away from her by the end of the book.
She meets Duffy one night when her family goes to the country club. He’s a car porter and their attraction was instant. Sadly, Duffy’s not in the book enough to get a better idea of who he is. Their relationship was somewhat strange to me. I understand being attracted to someone when you see them, but from the brief interactions these two had together, I wish there was more honesty and real conversation between the two to give me a better idea who they really were. I was left with many questions about both of the characters at the end of the story, and hoped I would have connected with or better understood them.
All in All, I wish I could say that I loved this one from beginning to end. I wanted to love this one from beginning to end and I’ll say it wasn’t horrible… but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Meredith does a great job in writing scenes that were easy to visualize, which I always appreciate in a book. Sometimes getting a good idea of settings or surroundings or even events that are taking place within the pages of a book just don’t work, yet that wasn’t the case here. However, I tried right through to the last page to feel connected to the lead characters… and it sadly fell a tad flat. Maybe having such high expatiation's for this novel was part of the trouble I had with the overall read? Who else has read this title? What are your thoughts?
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.