Kiss and Repeat
Author: Heather Truett
Pages: 224 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: 25th May 2021
Rating: 4 stars
In Heather Truett’s Kiss and Repeat, a teen uses the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father to begin a kissing experiment. Only the experiment gets messy, and Stephen will have to come clean if he wants to win one girl’s heart in this heartfelt and funny YA debut.
Stephen Luckie isn’t so lucky in love. He’s completely inexperienced when it comes to girls, and wonders if his tics – caused by Tourette’s Syndrome – are the reason.
Then a game at a party reveals that his body goes still while kissing. Using the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father, Stephen begins the best experiment ever–one that involves kissing as many girls as possible. Who knew science could be so fun?
But when the experiment gets underway, Stephen begins to question how he treats girls – and if his tics have been standing in his way at all. With two girls interested in him, he has to figure out what really matters to him and what he’ll risk – and gain – by being his true self.
Heather Truett is a novelist and poet. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Memphis. She is represented by Hilary Harwell of KT Literary.
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The concept of this book sounded so interesting, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of being on this tour!
I don’t remember the last time I read a YA romance book from a male perspective, so this felt like a first for me. There were points where I couldn’t decide whether I liked the main character, Stephen, as a few of his actions irritated me so much! But by the end of the book, I felt like he had grown into himself and had some decent character development! Stephen has Tourette’s Syndrome and this book didn’t feel like your typical YA romance, as Stephen learns to accept himself.
Stephen’s mother is the Reverend of the local church, and whilst religion plays a lot into this story, regarding the reactions of certain characters to different events, I didn’t feel like this crowded the story or was preachy in any way. It does create plot points and points of tension though!
After kissing his friend and his tics disappeared during the kiss, with the help of his best friend, Ballard, Stephen begins an experiment to see if kissing really helps his tics go away. This experiment didn’t take up much of the book, and it was more focused on the aftermath following certain events that occur at a party. This experiment causes Stephen to question how he is treating girls, and he gets himself stuck in a situation he doesn’t particularly want to be in.
This book was a cute and quick read. It’s quite difficult to talk about as I don’t want to spoil anything that happened, but I enjoyed it! Do you plan on reading this?
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