Thursday, February 9, 2012
Review: The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams
The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Walker & Company
Genre: Contemporary YA
About: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they've always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school's foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home. To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they're meeting. After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don't return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls' relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?
My Review: The International Kissing Club is a fun, flirty book that I really enjoyed from beginning to end. Each character gets their own chapters from their own points of view and through them we learn who they are and what kinds of issues they are facing. Each story is unique and each best friend has secrets they just aren't ready to share with the others. When Izzy, Cassidy, Mei and Piper agree to become exchange students, they aren't really sure what to expect when they get to where they are going. And Izzy sure doesn't expect to not be able to go suddenly.
Through Facebook, the girls create The International Kissing Club and it doesn't take long for the page to take off. People from all over the world want to add up their points and get to know the founding members. Piper gets off to a great start, but it's Cassidy's story that I loved the most. Or maybe Izzy's. But I'm not telling you why for either of them. You'll just have to read it for yourself.
I really, really liked this book. It's a breath of fresh air, and even though the girls have their heartbreak and aren't exactly happy throughout the book, it's an overall very cute story. If you're in the mood for a quick, fun read, I'd definitely recommend this one.