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Title: The ABC’s of Kissing Boys
Author: Tina Ferraro
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: I saw it on the shelf at the library, and the juicy cover convinced me to check it out.
Summary: Parker’s about to start her junior year, but she got stuck on the JV soccer team while all her friends made varsity. So she cooks up a scheme to finagle a spot on varsity. All she has to do is learn how to kiss first.
Stopped on Page: 32
Why I Stopped: I think I’m still pining after Harry Potter, even though it’s now been over a week since I finished the last book. But the premise of this book seemed too contrived to me.
Parker plans to earn her spot on the varsity soccer team by getting her brother’s hot friend to offer $300 if only he can get a kiss from Parker in the varsity team’s fundraising kissing booth. So, her logic goes, the coach will have to let her on the varsity team so she can earn the $300, and then the coach will realize her mistake and let her stay on the team.
But like I said, it could be Harry Potter’s fault I didn’t get into this one.
Your Turn: Should I have kept going? Or was I right to stop?
Note: As an aspiring author, I respect the extraordinary amount of effort that goes into writing a book. I did not write this review in order to be unfair or negative about the book. My goal is simply to articulate why the book wasn’t for me.