This weekend I had a tough book related dilemma. I could either read a work related book which would really help me out come Monday morning, or I could read The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro. After a lengthy moral debate with myself (“lengthy” here defined as slightly more than a split second), I reached my decision. Like the pure-hearted and good citizen that I am, I felt it was my duty to honour the Sabbath, meaning I was obliged to read the one about kissing boys. That’s how it works, right?
Summary: Parker, our heroine, has recently learned that unlike almost all of her fellow teammates, she will not be moving up to her school’s Varsity football team (that’s “soccer” team to Parker and our other American friends). This means that she’s a high school junior stuck on JV, which is horrendously embarrassing and a huge insult. To make matters worse, her so-called friends and ex-team mates are cutting her out of their social circle because as a non-varsity player she no longer qualifies for their love and support. This whole mess of a situation naturally leaves Parker no choice but to enlist her older brother who’s in college and his hunky friend, Luke, to help her get on Varsity. Every fall at the school’s Sports Fair, the Varsity team hosts a kissing booth. The plan is for Luke to go, and with 300 dollars backing up his demand, he will declare that he’ll pay only to kiss Parker, thus forcing the coach to put her on Varsity for a few minutes. Parker’s brother, who’s totally gonna be a lawyer someday, claims that this will give Parker squatter’s rights, basically leaving the coach with no choice but to let her stay on Varsity. Brilliant, right?! However, before this ingenious plan can be set in motion, Parker needs to learn how to kiss (it HAS to look real) and so, she turns to the boy next door for help…
I found this book completely charming! Parker has such an amusing voice that I seriously laughed out loud several times while reading her story. Her scheme is so deliciously ridiculous and the boy next door is such a sweetheart that I couldn’t help but love every page of this book. Her father’s crazy war with the neighbour and her bitchy friends just add to the funniness, and the charm of the story. The book is a quick read, about 200 pages, and is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon if you’re in the mood for a light and entertaining read (and are not worried about performing well at work on Monday).
I give this book five out of five stars!