Review: The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay

The Kiss
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?

Despite the fact that The Kiss spent a lot less time focusing on the actual... kiss, I really, really enjoyed this book. I was expecting something supper kiddy and really escapey and I got that, it had hints of the Georgia Nicholson books by Louise Rennison, as well as it's own individual charm.

Delilah was the best protagonist in the world of teen contemporary romance. Okay, so she called her best friends boyfriend an onion (rude) but she is also sixteen years old. I remember telling a boy I wouldn't date him because he looked like a sweet potato when I was fifteen. That was to his face. Deillah was just absolutely adorable, ditzy and silly and clever and just fun. 

Can we get onto Jem now too? He was like, swoony. I want a Jem. He was like a good bad boy (yes that's an oxymoron) in the fact that he hung around the stoner crowd, he was best friends with a drug dealer, but he himself was honest and cute and reliable and I just loved him and Delilah together. Yay!

The plot itself was great - it didn't stand out but it was great fun, with romances and plays and jobs. The only slight problem I have to admit that I had was that I didn't particularly enjoy the pace. I never really got sucked in and I kept putting the book down to make tea or watch things. It was easy to pick up and easy to put down.

Overall, The Kiss was fun and silly and had some dramatic moments and I definitely enjoyed it. The only reason it isn't getting an A grade is the fact that it lacked in pace at times.

Overall Rating: B+

Book released 2nd July by Hachette Children's Books
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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