Synopses & Reviews
As discreetly as possible I pressed my right fist against my mouth and stuck my gum to the back of it, just in case this was going to turn into a kissing-type thing. Even in my inexperience, I knew you are not supposed to have gum in your mouth while you kiss. Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "Wha ... what did ... " And then he kissed me.
If We Kissis the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can't help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?
"Vail (the Friendship Ring series) proves that first love is anything but simple and sweet in this lively contemporary novel narrated by high-school freshman Charlotte ('Charlie') Collins. Charlie's dreams about what it would be like to be kissed by a boy ('Maybe there would be a tree above us, maybe some music would be playing') turn out to be a far cry from the actuality of her first smooch with flirtatious Kevin Lazarus. For one thing, the kiss occurs in a less than ideal setting, against the back wall of the school building ('a decorative sticking-out brick was digging into my backbone') and the head ninth-grade teacher, who witnesses the whole thing from his window, reports the incident to Charlie's mother. While Charlie vacillates between humiliation and infatuation with Kevin, her best friend Tess (who knows nothing about the kiss) also falls for Kevin. Meanwhile, Charlie's divorced mother coincidentally becomes smitten with Kevin's father. Overwhelmed by the complexities of love and lust, Charlie finds herself on the sharp point of a love triangle, knowing it is just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. The author's frank representation of teen sentiments and razor-sharp wit will keep readers turning pages to see how Charlie will handle her dilemmas, which grow increasingly complicated with each chapter. Charlie does not escape unscathed, yet her ability to rebound from heartbreak and embarrassment is reassuring and convincing. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the acclaimed author of the Friendship Ring series comes the story of a girl who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her mother and his father are dating, and her best friend is in love with him.
About the Author
Rachel Vail is the author of The Friendship Ring series, as well as Wonder, Do-Over, Ever After,and Daring to be Abigail.She has also written the picture books Over the Moonand Sometimes Im Bombaloo,and a series of early-reader books called Mama Rex &T. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.