Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb
Published on 26 May 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Young Adult
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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 seems to truly understand 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.
Based on the title readers would think that this book just focused on romantic love but nope, this book has every kind of love – love for family, friends, poetry, books,travel and even love for aunts.
Eva is a very relatable character. I used to devour romance books like her. It’s funny how she and her best friend, Annie makes jokes about those guys in romance books. Kind of what just like what I am doing with my friends.
The friendship between Eva and Annie is amazing. They stand up and believe in each other. Most of all, they’re proud of each other. I like friendships in books like that. The part before the actual ending broke me that I was crying and throwing pillows everywhere.
What Eva felt about Will is realistic. I can totally imagine myself falling for this guy I am tutoring and also feels the same way about his own family problems. I love how they exchanged lines from poems. Though I don’t think I can travel across the country just to see him.
Another reason why everyone should read this book is because it has road trip! All the places they stopped by on their way to California was vividly described. I loved the different places they’ve been to and I really felt that I’m in the trip with them.
The side stories and side characters are all so fabulous! They each have their own interesting stories to tell.
I recommend this to all contemporary lovers because it will make feel all the feels you can possible ever. I will never forget this book and it now has been added to my top favorites! If you’re not fond of contemporaries then you might like this one.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes in the book told by the most fabulous bus driver ever in literature:
Most people you know, they want to stay in their little house and not change nothing. But when you hit the road–and do I hit the road, I been to every state in this country, and you know what? Everything you ever thought about the world is wrong. That’s why you gotta travel. I’m telling you two this cause you’re young. You got time. You gonna eat chili on spaghetti, right? You gonna see the world, right?