Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday, and a very Happy Book Birthday to I Kissed a Girl! In honor of this release, I’m sharing a review for this cute, dramatic book.
This review will not contain spoilers, so feel free to read the summary and some of my thoughts!
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: I Kissed a Girl
Author: Jennet Alexander
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 2.5⭐️⭐️💫 (The concept is 3.5⭐️⭐️⭐️💫)
Lilah is an actress hoping for her big break, so when she gets a lead role in a horror film, she is ready for her chance of fame. After getting a job as a makeup artist for a real horror film, Noa accepts the opportunity and drops out of school to pursue her dream. When the two girls meet for the first time, there is an instant connection between them- even though neither of them can find the right things to say.
Through hours on the movie set, a potential stalker, and stardom, Noa and Lilah need to consider if they can form a relationship strong enough to last.
If I had to choose one word to describe this book, it would be anti-climactic. There was so much good stuff going into this story, but it just didn’t quite work out.
- The Representation! There were so many wonderful queer characters in this book! We had lesbian, bisexual, trans, polyamory, and gay- and they were all well done. Also, the main characters were both Jewish which was nice to see represented.
- Lilah embracing her bisexuality and combating her fears of it being a lesser queer identity. I am so proud of how much she grew during this book.
- The commitment to horror movies! This book is full of references to horror movies, working on movie sets, and creating the special effects and makeup for horror films. I loved how these aspects were woven into the story.
- The stalker subplot was pretty well done. It was fairly cheesy at the end, but it kind of matched the tone for the rest of the book- although it did get a little more intense than I thought it would for a moment.
- The friendships! I loved Noa and Chrissy’s friendship so much because they were always there for one another in the best ways. Also, I adored Lilah’s relationships with all her roommates and how supportive they were of each other throughout the story
The Not As Good:
- The Romance. It felt very insta-love, and I never really felt the connection between Noa and Lilah.
- The characterization. While I did enjoy the characters and their experiences, I did not love how they were described and portrayed throughout the book. Noa was very judgmental and uncertain, and it seemed like Lilah’s growth was constantly stunted throughout the story.
- The length. This book felt long and repetitive. I feel like it could have been condensed to make it more captivating.
Overall, I mostly just wanted to know how the book ended and I didn’t really care how it got there because I felt very little emotional attachment. I would recommend this book for younger readers who are interested in a romance thriller full of cheesy comedy, slight suspense, and queer relationships.
Have you read this book? Does it sound like something you would enjoy? I’d love to know your thoughts!
Be safe, Stay strong, and Change the world!! ❤️🏳️🌈✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻🏳️🌈❤️
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