The ABC's of Kissing Boys
This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach.
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The fates have aligned against Parker Stanhope, or at least the varsity soccer coach has. After kicking butt on JV for two years, Parker is positive shell be moving on up - but she doesnt. Not only has she lost her spot on the team; shes losing her friends, too. JV and Varsity dont mix.
Parker, her genius brother, and his best friend come up with a crazy plan that just might get her spot on varsity back. All she needs is some kissing expertise to make it look legit. Problem is, its one area in which shes not had a lot of practice.
She certainly didnt expect to find a tutor in the cute freshman boy who lives next door, especially since their fathers are practically engaged in World War III. And she never expected that she wouldnt want the lessons to be over.
The ABCs of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro is a fun read, perfect for the beach or an afternoon in a hammock. Rooting for Parker is easy, and the journey to the finale is one the reader will be engaged in from the very first page. Highly recommended!
Parker has everything: popularity, friends, style, and now shes a junior in high school. Sixteen is the age when youre supposed to be having the time of your life but how humiliating would it be if you found out youre stuck on the freshman soccer team? Parker hatches a plan to get on the varsity team where her friends are but its complicated and she needs a boy & to teach her how to kiss. When her so-called best friend discovers Parker kissing a freshman, rumors start to spread. Parker finally gets to see her friends from the outside, the way others do, and its not pretty. Now she has to decide where she truly belongs: with the popular crowd or in the arms of the loveable freshman boy across the street.
The ABCs of Kissing Boys was sweet and enjoyable. Though the moral of the story is a little messy and not the easiest to understand at first, the author never strayed from the plot. The romance seemed so real and I couldnt help but smile at the predictability of the ending. This book has the potential to be a great film! Author Tina Ferraros writing isnt the best Ive read but it was new and different. Have you ever read a book where the girl falls for a younger boy? The narration actually felt like it was coming from a teenage girl. I rated it a 4 was because I couldnt feel any sympathy toward the main character for the situation she was in. Overall, I learned a lot from The ABCs of Kissing Boys. *wink, wink*
The ABC's of Kissing Boys was actually a pretty all right book. At first, when i saw the book, i thought it wasn't going to be interesting. Then, i read a couple of pages, so of course you know I was kind of wrong.
It was kind of full of surprises, yet kind of predictable. I would actually recommend this book to whomever wants a good easy reading book. You should definately check it out.
Both Cute And Sad
The ABCs of Kissing Boys
By Tina Ferraro
Pub. Date: January 2009
4 out of 5 stars
PG- Graphic Kissing or you could call it some serious spit swapping
Parker is crushed when she is forced to stay in JV soccer. As a Junior, there is nothing more embarrassing. Well, maybe being dumped by your popular friends and treated like dirt is worse. With the help of her brother, she hatches the slyest, most public plan to gain a spot on Varsity and get her old life back. It all hinges on one simple thing, a kiss. Only problem& Parker doesnt have the kissing knowledge needed. Starbursts and cherries bring her and the Freshman Murphy kid from next door together. Her new kissing instructor grows closer to her, and deep down she sadly knows it could never work. But she cant help but grow fonder and fonder of his calm voice and enchanting blue eyes. His lessons were suppose to be her ticket back to the good life, but will they rather be her downfall?
The ABCs of Kissing Boys was both cute and sad. The plot is deceivingly straightforward. Underneath it though are intricate high school politics that depend on variable emotions.
The storys plausibility made it amazingly real. The emotional roller coasters, gossip speed, hidden politics, sly insults, repentance and forgiveness, the putting off of decision making, and the ongoing internal struggle to do what is right were all present and credible in the different characters. I felt like I should know them from somewhere. This realness effectively had me going through the same emotions as Parker and I grew very attached to her.
The kissing scenes between Parker and Tristan were very intimate and silly though it was, I always blushed and did a quick sweep of the room. Their vulnerability and closeness gave me a slightly guilty feeling for seeing it, but I never felt dirty while reading.
The ABCs of Kissing Boys would be a great filler for in between books or great for car travel. This book will delight both tweens and teens.
Date Reviewed: April 19th, 2009
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