Title: Kissing in America
Author: Margo Rabb
Publication Date: May 26, 2015 by HarperTeen
Sypnosis: 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. In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.
This was such a great book! From the title, you would’ve thought that it would be about a romantic love story, but it hardly is, although yes it’s about love, but different kinds of love, like love for your parents, and aunts, and best friends, also the love of travelling. I loved the feel of this book, it was very refreshing, and it feels like it’s been written by someone young, sometimes childish, but not in an annoying way though. This book is also extremely clever and witty, and that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much.
“I think sometimes the biggest influence isn’t what’s present in your lifer, but what’s absent. Those missing pieces that shape you and change you, the silences that are louder than the noise.”
Eva, the protagonist, was pretty likeable. She’s naturally funny, and she LOOOVES romantic novels, I mean, she’s obsessed with them, and it’s really, really hilarious when they make jokes about these books. Her obsession with these books makes her sort-of easy to fall in love, and her mind tends to escalate things quickly. She’s also struggling with grief because of her father. I might have shed a tear or two, during the last chapters when she had the talk with her mom about his dad. I liked how the book also built-up the other characters, and shared their side-stories which are so fascinating, like Annie, the almost smartest girl in america, and her Aunt Janet, who’s obsessed with Gonnorhea, and Bubba, her granny, who survived the war, but became extremely obsessed to cleanliness.
“Lightning could strike twice, three times, or ten. When you’re on the wrong side of the odds, the odds are meaningless. They don’t protect you or give you comfort.”
Let’s talk about Will. I wasn’t much affected when he broke off the relationship, even though Eva literally traveled a thousand miles for him. His character was not built-up much, but he seems like a pretty decent guy, and he and Eva had adorable moments. I guess I knew from the beginning that he wasn’t pretty serious with Eva and how he just liked her company, and I guess they were better off as friends, but Eva was kinda disillusioned by her love for him, to see it. I was more affected when she wasn’t there for Annie at the Smartest Girl in America TV show, and Annie must have felt so betrayed and disappointed. I also happened to like the road-trip-ish feels of the book, it looks like the safest road trip ever though with Janet being there, but it was still pretty fun. They traveled from NYC to California in a bus, traversing to Cleveland, Texas and Tucson. What I would do to experience that someday. :) Great book! Really great book. Must read.