Sweet sixteen and never been kissed—and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding guys for her two best friends, counseling her sensitive New Age dad (the NAD), and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mom.
But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s existence. Smart, funny, and always around to see her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else... and that’s what makes him so infuriating.
When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day if she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?
How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You is a rerelease of a book that was initially published in 2013 in Australia, so it had quite a few positive reviews by the time I requested it for reviews. I think that this book was such a cute and fun read that it deserves the positive reviews, but it wasn't so amazing and covered new ground that I could call it fantastic.
Aurora was a cute character to a degree, but I would be lying if I didn't say that she got on my nerves at some point. She was a meddler, akin to Cher in Clueless and very over-reactive, which made the book feel overdramatic. In fact, all of the characters are quite like this, except Hayden.
The chemistry between Hayden and Aurora is there, and I feel like this part of the book were done well, even though the characters individually didn't blow me away the romance was so cute.
Overall, How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You was a fun and cute read, but the overdramatic characters made it a little hard to bear at times. if you want a shallow but cute read, kind of like Clueless, you may want to check this book out.
Overall Rating: C+
Book released 25th October by St Martins Griffin
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review