No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.
Until Claire meets Luke.
But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.
With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns — about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself — makes the choices even harder.
In her moving debut, Rachael Allen brilliantly captures the complexities of friendship, the struggles of self-discovery, and the difficulties of trying to find love in high school. Fans of Sarah Ockler, Susane Colasanti, and Stephanie Perkins will fall head over heels for this addictive, heartfelt, and often hilarious modern love story.
First Sentence: Finding a guy to kiss in this town is next to impossible.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I honestly wasn’t expecting anything much from 17 First Kisses. First of all, it’s a contemporary novel and contemporaries rarely manage to impress me at all, most of them bore me to death. I’ve also heard nothing much about 17 First Kisses, which made me start it with the lowest expectations ever. To my surprise, 17 First Kisses is actually a really cute book about friendships and the boy drama that comes with liking the same boy in said friendships. While 17 First Kisses was not exactly what I’ll consider a fluffy book since Claire faced a lot of hard problems, it is definitely a enjoyable read nevertheless.
I’m going to back off and let Megan have him. Even though I saw him first. Even though it’s obvious we have way more in common…Because my best friend likes him a lot, and I’m not sure I like him enough. (ARC 50)
Besides the boy problem in the summary of 17 First Kisses, 17 First Kisses also focuses on friendship and the rough side of it. Claire and Megan’s friendship is not all sunshine and rainbows; their friendship is full of rocky moments and drama. There was the popularity drama, the family drama, and especially the boy drama, up to the point that I personally thought part of their friendship was ridiculous. There were moments in their friendship where I was urging Claire to drop Megan, moments where I was wondering how could those two be friends?, and moments where I was awwing over their sweet moments.
I love the way 17 First Kisses was written. In between chapters, Rachael Allen wrote the history of Claire’s kisses, first kiss number one, two, three, and so on. Those kiss chapters (man, that sounds so awkward) were also flashbacks that gave an in-depth view of events that had happened in Claire and Megan’s friendship, Claire’s family history, and a glimpse of all the boy and friendship drama in Claire’s life. I liked reading the present day chapters and the history of Claire’s many kisses chapters, trying to piece together what had happened and what ultimately led to the events that were currently happening in present day.
Before he turns back to the house, the right side of his mouth curves into a smile. “Cool.”
I think he gets me too. (ARC 21)
I really liked the ending to 17 First Kisses. It left things perfectly: the romance, the friendships, etc. In fact, 17 First Kisses left things so perfectly that I want a sequel and am really close to demanding one from the author. I want to know what happens next! (I was so close to typing that sentence in all caps.)
Overall, I definitely recommend 17 First Kisses, especially if you’re a fan of contemporaries. 17 First Kisses is a cute, surprisingly deep book that will definitely keep you entertained throughout the day.