Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review: Kiss It by Erin Downing

Kiss It by Erin Downing left me wanting a whole lot more from this story.

Chastity Bryan has never been shy about going after what she wants. And when sexy, mysterious, so—not—from—this—town Sebastian walks into Chaz's life, she knows in an instant that what she wants next is him. Chaz has no intention of playing for keeps —but she most definitely has intentions. Who needs true love when you've got true lust? Sebastian has no idea what he's in for —but maybe neither does Chaz.

Chaz lives in a small town in northern Minnesota. Nothing happens in Milton and most of the residents always end up coming back to the town. Chaz wants nothing whatsoever to do with that life, but yet, she really does not have a clearly defined future either which was actually refreshing to see in a teenager. Contrary to many YA books, not all teens want to immediately go to college or really even have an idea what they want to do after high school. So, Chaz is actually quite normal.

She is also crazy for sex. Or at least, she wants sex badly. Another plus in the book's favor. Here is a girl who is not afraid of intimacy and who actually wants to experience sex and revels in it. I don't think she necessarily wants sex for all the right reasons, but it was good to see a healthy teen girl who was also feeling the hormones and wanted to move beyond kissing, and in fact, DOES move beyond kissing in this book. This is not a story for your twelve year old teens, though I wouldn't describe it as graphic.

Chaz meets Sebastian who she is immediately attracted to. He is very different from the guys in her small town and she wants him. Unfortunately he is not getting the hint. At all, no matter what Chaz says or does. So, she tries to force her feelings on a few other guys, and along the way starts to better understand sex and love.

This all sounds well and good but I have to say, I was just really bored in this book. The writing didn't really catch my attention and while I liked Chaz, I just wanted something to happen. This book is a lot of talk and feelings, and not nearly enough action despite how much Chaz wants it. There are a few other plot threads woven in that contrast with Chaz and her worldview. I enjoyed the plot with her family the most just because I really liked seeing them start to open up to each other, even infinitesimally. But that being said, I skimmed a lot of this book. I didn't find the dialogue particularly humorous or witty or anything to make it spark for me. I think a lot of people are going to really enjoy this story, and while I didn't dislike it, it's not a story that's going to stick with me.

Other reviews:
Pop Culture Junkie reviews Kiss It
Persnickety Snark reviews Kiss It
My Overstuffed Bookshelf reviews Kiss It

ARC reviewed from Around the World Tours.


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