Series: Kiss and Make Up #1
on January 26th 2014
Genres: Mature Young Adult
Will she, or won't she...
Studious and (mostly) sensible, the only thing Molly Wakefield wants to do is get through Senior Year and graduate. Well, that and hit the beach in her spare time. Okay, fine - and go shopping every once in a while for a new dress... (and who could blame her?)
And things are going according to plan - until the day she spies Weston McGrath, handsome star athlete and scholar, spying on her in study hall.
A tad creepy? Maybe. Thrilling? Absolutely.
You see, Weston McGrath happens to be one guy no one can get close to.
Despite her best efforts to avoid it (because let's face it - the guy isn't exactly "boyfriend material") Mollly and Weston form a friendship.
But it's a friendship that comes with a price - because Weston just cannot seem to stop screwing things up. Or saying all the wrong things. Possibly in that order...
And who has time for an 18 year old "fixer-upper" that should know better?
Or does she?
This is book one and includes chapter one of book two, Ke Kissed Me First. This book is a stand-alone with no cliffhanger. Note: This YA book is intended for 17+ due to the vulgar language used by its male characters (and occasionally the females as well, even though they're too lady like to do it throughout the entire book). Some adult sexual situations that steam up a few car windows. This title is approx. 63,000 words.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Kissing in Cars is a cute start to the Kiss and Make Up series. Teenage drama and hormones galore. Everything you’d expect in high school.
Apart from the annoying tap tap tap of the girl texting in study hall, it was a normal day for Molly Wakefield. It’s hot as balls and her skin is sticking to the chair and she’s starting to regret wearing a short skirt to school. To make things more interesting, Molly spots Weston McGrath, the unattainable hockey star of the Raven Middle School, staring at her… and her legs in particular.
Remember high school when, aside from tests and homework, we were preoccupied with boys/girls, dances, and teenage angst? That’s what this book is about. What I liked the most in Kissing in Cars was the accurate portrayal of puppy love. Weston wasn’t instantly the smooth casanova. It was endearing to see them awkwardly fumbling their way to the world of dating. Talking each other for the first time, going out on their first date, meeting the parents, the first fight.
People think Weston is a player because of his status as a star athlete and the attention he gets from women. The truth is, he’s barely had time to fool around. He and his family know how important hockey is, and they keep reminding him that it should be his top priority.
It’s the first time he’s liked someone enough to ask them out, so he’s a little out of sorts. But he’s sweet, thoughtful, and not at all what you expect from someone like Weston. However, there he keeps putting his foot in his mouth, and there was a moment I wanted Molly to dump him… or at least make him grovel more than he did.
It took me a while to warm up to Molly because she started as someone who’s a little shallow. But as the story progressed, I learned to admire her confidence and her ease with what and who she is. I wish I had her confidence haha! A little ballsy and sassy, she could definitely keep up with the boys. I’m not a fan of her best friend, Jenna, though. One of the reasons why is because she fangirled over Weston in front of her boyfriend, and it put me off.
Kissing in Cars is a standalone mature young adult told in alternating POVs. It’s a fairly light and fast-paced story where the popular guy falls for a normal girl. It’s not the most unique story out there, but it was still enjoyable to read. I liked it, but I’ll be honest and say I would have enjoyed it more if I was younger. Due to some vulgar language and adult sexual situations, this book is for a more mature teen audience.
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