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KissnTell by Suzy McCoppin and Allison Swan

Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Full Fathom Five, October 29th 2014
Format: Kindle
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Links: GoodreadsNetgalley

Anais and Vaughn are best friends, misfits, and known throughout their high school as Anus and Vag—nicknames coined by the popular Shrew Crew. But after the sixteen-year-olds are the subjects of a humiliating prank involving laxatives, it’s the last social crucifixion they can stand. So the girls amp up their plain-Jane looks and hit the L.A. scene with a vengeance. What starts as an innocent first kiss with TV star and mega-hunk Baron Caldwell becomes the start of a hot gossip blog, Anais and Vaughn soon secure their place in the limelight. Anais finds a boy she really cares about, and Vaughn finds the popularity she’s always wanted. But when the girls are shaken by a devastating situation, they see their friendship fall apart. Can they use KissnTell to their advantage while getting the revenge they deserve? Or will Anais lose Vaughn to the Shrew Crew forever?

KissnTell is an enjoyable read. It has a lot of things going in it. But it isn't overwhelming. I like how it focused on the main characters, Anais and Vaughn. There are books which focus on characters focusing on other characters. Instead of getting to know the main character of the book, we got to know the boy or the girl the main character's been obsessing with. In KissnTell, it focuses on Anais and Vaughn's struggles with their lives as a high school students in a private and expensive academy. It's your typical young adult book, really. But the characters in this book are more believable. Yes, there are some scenes that are questionable in real life. But hey, those things can happen.

"I don't know why I always listened to her. She was my best friend, but at a certain point, after a certain number of failures, disappointments, and humiliations, all of which ended with me consoling her - even though it had been her choice to begin with and I essentially wound up as collateral damage - you'd think I'd get my shit together and figure out a way to politely decline. But I never did."

Anais is a caring friend. She does whatever Vaughn wants, but not to the point where she's not enjoying anymore. She can turn a negative into a positive. But in most days she's a pessimist. When in trouble though, she becomes like a counselor. I think that's her weakness, that she cares about others more than herself. I'm glad at one point she realizes that sometimes you need to be selfish in order to succeed.

Anais is my favorite character. She grew a lot in the book. And she still kept in touch with her old self.

"...I realized how pissed I sometimes felt at Anais, like whenever she looked in the mirror and called herself fat, or complained she'd never get into a good college, or said anything negative about any aspect of her life, because I would trade places with her in an instant."

Vaughn is insecure. She looks up to the Shrew Crew even though they taunt and tease her most days. She always wanted to be popular and pretty. She wants to be noticed. When her long time crush Xander finally noticed her, and even invited her to a party, she grabbed that opportunity immediately. Because of her being gullible a lot of things went down hill, including her friendship with Anais.

Vaughn's character took time to grow. It wasn't until something drastic happened that she realized she made a mistake. Once she did, she turned around and tried to fix it. 

"Maybe you're too young to understand this, but money and beauty aren't satisfying. You get a taste and it's never enough. There will always be someone richer or prettier to make you feel inadequate."

Pam is Anais's mother, and she is awesome! She helps the girls a lot. She is understanding and patient. I wish all parents are like that. She punishes Anais when she does something wrong. But she also talks to them about what they did. Which sounds cool parenting to me!

Let's talk about Austin, the love interest. He is not a stalker. He is not rude. He is not confused with his feelings. He does not sparkle, though. Basically, Austin is...right! He is not perfect but he is just right. I want a guy like him in real life, please.

The romance in the book is minimal, but it was cute. For a change, a book doesn't focus on romantic relationships. There are a few relationships in the book that irks me, but nothing disturbing.

It's a cute book, with lessons about "life". I recommend this to anyone who wants a light read.


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