Hello everyone! Happy book birthday to Kiss and Repeat! Today I’m bringing you a fun book about a teenage boy who uses the scientific method to determine how kissing impacts his anxiety and spasms.
This review is spoiler-free so feel free to read all of it without worrying about being spoiled!
This book was an ARC given to me from the publisher and author through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity, and know that all thoughts are my own and do not reflect the author or publisher in any way.
Title: Kiss and Repeat
Author: Heather Truett
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Stephen has always been anxious about how his Tourette’s Syndrome will influence his ability to kiss and do other things with girls. When he gets stuck playing a kissing game at his best friend’s party, Stephen gets his first kiss and realizes that it calmed down the tics and spasms that feel like a constant in his body. The experience causes Stephen’s friend to encourage him to use the scientific method to decide whether kissing helps his body or makes everything worse. To gather more “data,” Stephen sets out on a quest to kiss more girls which leads to confusing relationships, lying, and uncertain situations that Stephen was never prepared for.
This was an entertaining, real book. The characters were flawed and raw, but that added to the charm of the story. The book definitely felt like a true young adult book because the characters felt young, and high school drama was a big deal. That being said, there was a level of truth and honesty in this book that made it a more challenging read than other similar stories.
Stephen was an engaging main character. His experience with living with Tourette’s Syndrome was interesting to read about, and I loved seeing him embrace his difficulties and struggles throughout this book. Through his kissing trials and experiences with girls, Stephen begins to see how his challenges are unique and important, but everyone has some challenge in their life. This book follows Stephen as he makes mistakes and has to live up to what he has done. Such a flawed and honest main character made this book amazing to read, and I am proud of everything that Stephen has learned throughout this story.
The concept of using the scientific method to determine if kissing helps calm Stephen’s tics and spasms was interesting. There were definitely flaws in the “experiment” from the get-go, but the question also made some sort of sense from a certain standpoint. Although it was hard to see Stephen struggling with kissing different girls and not being honest with anyone, he did eventually learn from everything falling apart. I believe that many readers can relate to his experiences, and it is an important story to tell- even though the cheating aspects did bother me.
Overall, I thought this was an entertaining book that tells an important story about being honest with oneself, acknowledging people’s struggles and differences, and going for what you want. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, fun book about the pressures of being a high school student who feels like an outsider and longs for a chance at normalcy, only to learn that everyone is unique and special in their own way.
I hope you found this book entertaining! What are you currently reading? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this book.
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