Friday, June 19, 2009

Review: Extreme Kissing (More than you think...)

Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja
Review by: Lauren
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Bethany and Carlota have been best friends ever since Carlota moved from Brussels. Ever since then, Carlota has been pining after her ex Yves, though she doesn’t let on, having everyone believe that she’s only interested in Kisses Etcetera with a bunch of random guys. With her boy snaring techniques, Bethany soon finds herself with her own boyfriend, Declan, but what happens when she has a pregnancy scare? Before knowing Bethany’s secret, Carlota comes up with a day out doing extreme challenges using magazines to reveal another secret to her best friend.

Extreme Kissing was a very interesting novel. Throughout the novel, the two girls are hiding things from each other but would rather run around London doing crazy tasks instead of owning up to the truth. However, in the end, Carlota’s plan to make Bethany chill out does work, but Carlota begins to understand all the worries that Bethany used to carry around.

I was quite shocked by the end of this novel. Things aren’t quite what they seem in Extreme Kissing and it just added to this novel’s greatness. If everything was obvious with a happily-ever-after ending it wouldn’t have been as good, but instead, you get romance, lies, mystery, breaking out and living life, and the meaning of friendship.

Cover: I think the cover is fun and cute, but I'm not a huge fan. The main reason is because I feel it doesn't show the depth of the novel. It makes it seem like a frilly book about a day out on the town and it's definitely more than that. You should know this. :-)


Thao said...

I've heard of this book from a lot of blogs. I really want to read this one. The cover is really cute too.

Jo said...

Awesome review! I'm reviewing this book for my Sex in Teen Lit Month event. I absolutely loved it! It was such a great book, and very funny! I'll link to your review when mine goes live.

robin_titan said...

Sounds really neat. That sucks, that the book's cover is misleading. I hate it when that happens.

Kate said...

Great review. I loved this book. The twist at the end... I didn't see it coming.

Amanda said...

You're right - from the cover, it does look very frivolous, and I probably never would have looked at it. Hearing you say otherwise, I might just pick it up.

Amy said...

YAY! I want to read this now...

NotNessie said...

I just reviewed this this week. I really liked it too. The book had so much more depth too it than you would expect. Hate the cover, though.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

NotNessie: I definitely agree. I'm not a huge fan of the cover and it really is much more than it seems, which is great...but sad for the author if people won't give it a shot based on the summary or something.

Amy: Awesome, I'm so glad you're interested now. I hope you love it!

Amanda: I'm glad I could change your mind. It's definitely worth reading. It deals with a lot of topics that teens can relate too and I love the mystery you find at the end.

Kate: You're welcome, and right? I didn't either but it made it that much better!

Robin: Glad you think so, and I agree. It's a shame when it happens too.

Jo: I'm glad you liked it too, and thanks for offering to link mine. I do appreciate it. I can't wait to see what you have to say about it. It was rather funny throughout!!

Thao: Oh, you should! It's worth checking out, I think, if it looks appealing to you.


Sassy Brit said...

Hi Lauren,

Good review, and I am certainly intrigued. Sounds like the the sort of ending I like - one you don't see coming!

Thanks for your comment on my blog. It's great to discover a new like-minded soul. :)


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Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sassy Brit: Definitely, there is a big part of this book that had me completely shocked when it was revealed.

You're quite welcome, thanks for commenting here too.