Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kissing in America Blog Tour ~ Review of Kissing in America by Margo Rabb + GIVEAWAY


I'm so honored to be a part of the blog tour for this fantastic book! You can check out the rest of the tour HERE.


Goodreads rating: 3.76
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Harper

"Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Authentic and complex… This is a smart teen's novel."—Booklist, starred review

Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is "a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls," raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love).

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.

Initial thoughts: I'm not sure how I really feel about this book, and that's mostly because I love and hate what happened at the end. That's actually the reason for me giving it 4/5 stars. We spend so much time focusing on one thing in this book, and it overshadowed a lot of things, and then it ends up not really mattering in the end. You'll see what I mean when you read this. And I definitely think you should read this book. It deals with loss and heartache, panic attacks and losing yourself in the grief. I really enjoyed the ride that this book took me on, I just wish it had ended differently.

Well, since I didn't finish this book all that long ago, my thoughts haven't changed much. I really enjoyed the way that Eva grew, as well as the people around her (and how that made Eva grow as well). There's her mom, who still hasn't gotten over Eva's father's death in a freak plane accident, yet wants Eva to move on. There's her best friend who's really smart, but her entire family is counting on her not to be a screw-up. There's Will, the hot boy who she's always had a crush on that's just noticed her for the first time, but has his own slew of problems, one of them being that he can't afford to live with his mom in New York anymore and is moving in with his estranged father in Los Angeles. We also get to meet Eva's aunt (her mom's sister), who is one of those people that forces abstinence on people by showing them pictures of STD's. Needless to say, deciding to travel across the country with her best friend to get to LA in an attempt to visit Will, she learns who the people she loves really are, and begins to understand who she is. The journey Eva took was truly extraordinary!

I think my favorite character was Lulu, the mom's best friend. She was the only one that seemed to have her life figured out. I think the three characters that annoyed me the most were Eva's mom for a copious amount of reasons, Will (mostly because of what I was talking about in my initial thoughts), and Eva herself at some points. But I think the parts where I was annoyed with Eva were typical teenage moments, which made this book even more believable. Teens can be SO ANNOYING--especially when they're being naive or impulsive. There were some points where I really wanted to shake Eva and say: STAHP! JUST STAHP! Especially when it came to Will. Eva wore her heart on her sleeve with him after barely spending any time together, but it was probably because she always had to hide her feelings from her mom.

Overall, I really did like this book. The ending was just...unsatisfying. Realistic for sure and had an overall good message, but unsatisfying.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margo Rabb's stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She received grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic Monthly fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. A complete list of her published work can be found here.

AUTHOR LINKS:
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So, there's no blog tour giveaway, BUT HarperTeen is hosting one on the Kissing in America site! You can find that here: http://kissinginamerica.com/. You can find the rules and conditions for the giveaway here: http://kissinginamerica.com/sweepstakes-rules.pdf. There are SO many prizes, so you should definitely enter!


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