Saturday, January 29, 2011

Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson (Review)

  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Paperback: 216 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2011)  

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800732592

  • From the Back Cover

    New School = New Chance for That First Kiss Summer is ending, and for once that doesn't seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She's hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life.
    What she wasn't counting on was all the new pressure--to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she's on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future?
    My Review:
    I thought this was an okay, fast, and easy young adult book. I read it in less than two hours. I did not really connect to any of the characters which might be because this book is written for the 10 and up group. It did tackle a topic that I know very little about, sex-texting. It also addressed peer pressure and the struggle to fit in as a high schooler. Elise lives with her Mom in an okay condo place. She is a junior at a new high school and the first day becomes friends with the in crowd. She thinks it is too good to be true and soon she is proven right. The plot is predictable and because of the topic not really enjoyable but overall well written and addresses a topic that needs to be discussed. I would recommend it for high school aged and up just because I am more conservative.  :)
    Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the True Colors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Visit Melody's website at

    Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

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