Kiss This by Anne Mercier
When I’m dragged to a party by my best friends, I don’t plan on having a good time—and I’m not, until “he” finds me alone on the beach. I expect him to be a jerk with looks like him—but he’s not. He’s funny and sweet and we spend hours talking about nothing and everything.
Then he kisses me.
And I give myself to him—a familiar stranger with a name as fake as mine—then we say goodbye.
I never planned on seeing him again.
When Shell Beach Hall moves all their classes to Shell Beach Academy, I’m more than a little annoyed. The Academy is full of the snobs I avoid like the plague.
I can’t hide my surprise when I see him again. He can’t hide his derision, accusing me of knowing who he was and using him to gain popularity.
I realize I was right all along. He IS a jerk…and I want nothing to do with him.
But he won’t leave me alone.
He taunts and teases me.
He’s arrogant and a jock who sleeps with any girl he wants. “They should all be so lucky”—his words, not mine.
I’m disgusted. This is who I gave my V-card to? Ugh.
I loathe everything he represents and I want to punch him in his pretty bullying face.
So why can’t I stop feeling his hands on my body or hear his sexy whispered words?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is part one in a duet, a young adult novel, written by an author that usually favors more adult, hard rocker books. This is a bit outside of my comfort zone, but I’m glad I went there. This was definitely a fun read, but at times still dealing with serious issues that adults don’t normally face (or at least not to this degree.)
Jillie is a 16 year old girl, getting ready to start a new school. She is the daughter of a Marine on deployment, and is staying with her aunt, since her mother is deceased. She and her friends enjoy one last party before the new year, and Jillie meets a guy that ticks all of her boxes! Intending to keep things light, they don’t exchange names, or numbers. School starts, and to her surprise, he’s there. But he isn’t who she thought he was, or the kind of person she thought he was.
This book was full of surprises, lots of laughs, and a few tears. I really enjoyed Jillie’s spunk, and determination to open herself up to new experiences. I loved the way she didn’t hesitate to stand up for herself. And that ending! It killed me! I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next part of the duet!