Synopses & Reviews
EVANGELINE LOGAN WANTS a kiss. A spectacular, heart-stopping, life changing kiss. Somehow The Crimson Kiss (a romance novel shes become obsessed with) and Four Steps to Living Your Fantasy (a self-help book shes reading) have fused in Evangelines mind and sent her on a quest for a kiss. But the path to perfection is paved with many bad kisses—the smash mouth, the ear licker, the “misser.” The phrase “I dont kiss and tell” means nothing to the boys in her school. And worse: someone starts writing her name and number on bathroom walls. And worst of all: the boy she's just kissed turns out to be her best friends new crush. Kissing turns out to be way more complicated than the romance novels would have you believe . . .
"Evangeline and her musician dad used to be close but that was before he had an affair, and before she and her mom moved out. Cleaning, Evangeline finds her mother's stash of romance novels and begins dreaming of a 'crimson kiss.' Between the lure of the crimson kiss and a self-help book urging readers to live their fantasies, Evangeline, formerly a straight-A high school junior, starts kissing crushes and even strangers. She also starts to get a reputation. Van Draanen's (Flipped) plotting is straightforward, but the pacing is near perfect: readers realize, just when Evangeline does, that it is not a kiss she is after but actually 'more the passion of it... to really, really care.' The author also draws a solid parallel between Evangeline's inability to forgive her father and her best friend's unwillingness to forgive Evangeline after she kisses her friend's secret crush. Readers may not get all of Evangeline's references to old rock 'n' roll bands, but they will understand how the music connects her with her dad, and why she eventually wants to make her own sound. In the end, the playful title and premise are matched by tender and convincing storytelling. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The bestselling author of "Flipped" delivers a novel about a teen girl who is on a quest for the most spectacular, heart-stopping, life-changing kiss. But she soon learns kissing is way more complicated than romance novels have led her to believe.
About the Author
Wendelin Van Draanen has been everything from a forklift driver to a high school teacher, but is now enjoying life as a full-time writer. She lives in central California with her husband and their two sons.
From the Trade Paperback edition.