Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb's Kissing in America is "a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls," raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love).
In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that's still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who understands Eva's grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head over heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the West Coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.
In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls "gorgeous, funny, and joyous," readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all its forms.
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I have to be completely honest; I did not like this book when I first started it. I felt like I could not connect with the main character, Eva. The whole book was written in her POV and it felt like she was a 12 year old girl, obsessed with steamy romance novels. I mean, SERIOUSLY? Yeah, I totally wasn’t impressed. But I pushed through, and after awhile, even as I realised the writing totally annoyed me, I have to admit that the story line has its own merits.
When Eva met a guy who finally understood her dream, she thought he was The One. So when he had to move back to California, she became devastated. I was quite surprised when she came up with the plan though, considering the fact that she had a super over-protective mother, and her own fear of the unknown. I was curious as to how she would get by on this particular road trip, and that was what made me read on.
But honestly, okay fine, I kinda had a problem with the main character, Eva. She seemed like, sorry to be crude, a stupid idiot. Honestly, the way that she was portrayed? It seemed like she was just WAY too childish to have any relationship on her own. Raging wild dagger, flaming javelin? What the actual fuck? Isn’t she too young to be reading steamy romance novels full of sex. Okay, when the blurb said that she LOVED reading romance novels, I assumed that it was the typical YA novels, but holy hell was I wrong.
Thank God the main story plot managed to salvage this whole book. I actually really like Annie. She was sensible and smart, and God knows she was a damn awesome best friend. And yeah, this book actually had its funny and sad moments. I actually cried at the end. I guess it kinda teaches you that you don’t really need romance or a guy to pick you up when you’re down. You just need your best friend and family, and maybe some weird cool adventures.