Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review : After the Kiss



Synopsis: This moment changes everything.
Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He's a brainy jock with a poet's heart—in other words, perfect for her.

Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.

Too bad that new boy is Becca's boyfriend, Alec.

Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.


Thoughts: When I first read the synopsis, I didn't realize the story would be told in verse. I was actually pretty excited though because when verse is done well, it can be pretty breathtaking. Now, I'll admit, I had high hopes for this book. I mean, look at the synopsis? Right up my ally! Maybe I expected too much because After The Kiss ended up letting me down.

The narration of the book alternates from Becca to Camille and back again. Their POVs are also written in different styles. Becca's is written in verse whereas Camille's is written in...I don't know. What would you call a huge paragraph with no capitalization? Is that still considered verse? I considered it to be a big jumbled up mess. No offense towards the author, but the writing style was too confusing. I don't know why. Maybe it's just me, but I ended up getting lost in Camille's story. Becca's story, however, was beautifully crafted.

Behind the writing style, there ended up being a really cute/heartbreaking story. It was quite interesting (and fun!) to view both the girlfriend's and the other woman's tale. I loved watching their characters bloom. Both were lost and needed to find themselves. Whether it was losing all your friends because you spent too much time with your boyfriend or never building any real relationships because your family moved so much, the audience can easily relate to these girls.

As far as keeping my interest, After The Kiss was kind of like a rollercoaster to me. It would build, then drag a bit, build again, then drag. I kept reading in hopes it would pick back up. It did, but it took a few pages. And to be quite honest, towards the end, I found myself skimming through some of the pages just so I could finish.

All in all, I liked the story. It's not the best thing I've read, but it's not the worse. Instead of recommending it to my followers, I recommend reading the first 10 pages at your local bookstore or library. If you think you can keep up with the writing style, there's a good story behind there. And if you can't, I understand.

Rating: 2.5/5

4 comments:

  1. Nice review Lena, this one has been on my list to read for a while but I don't think I'm going to rush it up the list because I haven't really heard anything fantastic about it yet, thanks for the heads up!

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  3. Thanks, Katelyn. I don't know what it is, but it's so hard to follow. A great story should just flow, ya know?

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  4. Hmm can't remember what shelf I've placed this on, to-consider?to-read? Either way its being bumped off. Thanks for the review ^_^.

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