Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books.
Pages: 336.
Release Date: December 27th.
Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her.

I was excited for Kiss Crush Collide because it came across as primarily a love story (the cover, the title, the synopsis, the books it's compared to ... ) but I was disappointed to find that it wasn't much of a romance at all.

This book, to me, is not about Leah and the bad boy from the country club, Duffy. Not at all. Their relationship, that is promoted to be the main aspect of the novel, left me so dissatisfied. There's no chemistry between the two, no substance or dialogue that ever made me root for them to be together. And when I finished the book, Duffy was still the stranger that he was from the page he was introduced. Their interaction was stiff and robotic and almost felt forced to compete with the main dilemma of this novel: Leah and fitting in her with posh family and sisters.

I actually really loved this storyline. Leah comes alive with emotions and frustrations when she deals with being the youngest in a procession of successful sisters. I feel like if this had been pushed as the main plot and the romance was just an added plus, I wouldn't have come into the novel with such expectations and I wouldn't have been let down.

Overall, though the romance left something to be desired, I did enjoy Leah's struggle with breaking herself from the family mold. I definitely recommend Kiss Crush Collide to anyone in the mood for something quick and full of drama!

Other reviews for Kiss Crush Collide:
Reading Extensively.
Good Choice Reading.