Monday, May 25, 2015

ARC Review: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Title: Kissing In America 
Author: Margo Rabb
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Format: ARC
Rating: 3/5 Stars

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that's still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who understands Eva's grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head over heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the West Coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

Kissing In America wasn't a book that I would have immediately picked up right away but since I managed to get an ARC of it, I figured why not give it a try and see what it's all about. Well what it gave me was an adventure across America to chase down love.

The fact the book takes place across country meant that I felt like I was able to go exploring with Eva and Annie and travel places; I've never been to. The romance was just enough to keep me turning the page to see how the journey would end. It did explore a few darker elements with romance and a few other things but that's why I liked. It wasn't glamorizing love; it made it real.

Eva, Annie, and Will were all very believable characters who I found to be just like people that I know. What I can't find completely believable is that they just decide to make the trip across the country for a guy. I might be wrong but if this was to actually happen in real life I would wonder what their parents would actually think.

Overall I gave Kissing in America a 3 out of 5. The characters were likeable, the story was an adventure and the romance was just enough for me.

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