Don't Kiss Him Good-Bye

Don't Kiss Him Good-Bye

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by Sandra Byrd
     
 

Now established in her quirky British village, Savvy works hard to get an article with her own byline published in the school newspaper. When an attractive and mysterious boy asks her for help with his school work, Savvy is slowly pulled into his circle and soon finds out that the wrong set of friends—boys and girls—can influence her own behavior.

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Now established in her quirky British village, Savvy works hard to get an article with her own byline published in the school newspaper. When an attractive and mysterious boy asks her for help with his school work, Savvy is slowly pulled into his circle and soon finds out that the wrong set of friends—boys and girls—can influence her own behavior. Following her own advice to cut ties with a charming bad boy would mean abandoning her dearest wishes, and it just doesn't seem as wrong as it feels. Is it? Read on for surprise twists throughout the book!
London Confidential is a new series for young girls. In the series, British fashion, friendships, and guys collide as an all-American teen girl learns to love life and live out her faith. The series follows Savvy's entertaining attempts to fit in during her first year at a new school in a new country. Tyndale House Publishers

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It was just a kiss. A simple kiss, a quick kiss, an innocent peck because they were saying good-bye and no one was watching. But someone was watching them—me. Not that I’d meant to. I didn’t know why the kiss troubled me, but it did. I hid it well, though. Or so I thought.
As Savvy Smith settles into her first year at a new high school in a new country, she discovers yet another new English tradition: the May Day Ball. And as luck would have it, everyone has a date to the dance . . . except Savvy. That is, until she meets a guy with a reputation for trouble. What will she do? Follow her heart? Follow the crowd? Or follow her own advice?
London Confidential: Where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith. Tyndale House Publishers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414325996
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
London Confidential Series , #3
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Don't Kiss Him Good-Bye 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BookLover321 More than 1 year ago
I have got to say that Sandra Byrd has quickly become one of my absolute favorite authors. The more books of hers I read, the bigger the fan I become. Recently I read Don't Kiss Him Good-bye, the third book in her London Confidential Series. The series is actually written for young girls, but I have to say that so far I have found them highly enjoyable. The series chronicles the life of Savvy Smith, an American teenager who has recently moved with her family to England. After a bit of a rocky start things are finally starting to look up. She's got a best friend, she's finally starting to fit in, and her "Asking for Trouble" column has been a huge success. The only thing wrong is that the May Day Ball is coming up, she doesn't have a date, nor does it appear that she'll be getting one either. That is, until she meets an attractive guy who just so happens to have a reputation for trouble. Well, I won't tell you what happens, but I have got to say that this book was truly fabulous. I love how real Savvy is. She's always struggling to fit in, and yet just like a lot of young Christian ladies she also struggles with being the person that God wants her to be. In the end though, I think she doesn't a pretty good job of making the right decisions and following the path God has laid out for her. If you know any young women, I would definitely suggest they read this series.
JenniferWV More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to Sandra Byrd's London Confidential series a few months ago. I read the first two books, and put it in the back of my mind that I wanted to read the next ones. It was that good. I'm not a fiction reader, but I couldn't put these down. Savvy is such a well developed character who is so easy to like. In this book Savvy falls for a guy who says he is new at the school. But is he? Whenever Savvy mentions Rhys, everyone seems disapproving, but WHY? Then Savvy's little sister, Louanne, starts acting strangely, but what could be wrong with her?. At April Fool's For Christ night at church, Savvy isn't careful with her notes and someone (But who?) finds out she is the author of the "Asking For Trouble" column in the Wexford Academy newspaper. Savvy has no date to the May Day Ball. A former columnist for the Wexford Academy newspaper moves back into town, and is there something strange there? Obviously there is no lack of plot lines, so this is a very fast paced book. I enjoyed it as an adult, and I think teen Christian girls would especially enjoy this! After reading it, I want to be able to hang out at the fish and chips shop with Savvy and her friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to read but I have to read the others first.
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Ann21AN More than 1 year ago
I just finished a wonderful book by Sandra Byrd. Don't Kiss Him Goodbye is a great book for a girl ages 10 & up! Savvy Smith is an American girl growing up in Britain. The time comes for the annually, May Day Ball. All the native girls have dates for the May Day Ball months before the event. Savvy is afraid she will end up going alone. Meanwhile she is trying to get her very own byline for the school newspaper. A strange, but gorgeous boy, Rhys, asked her for help with a school project & their relationship blooms. But Savvy doesn't like the way Rhys makes her feel. She doesn't like the cracks he makes about her religion, & the fact that she's an American. Rhys asks Savvy to the May Day Ball & Savvy doesn't trust her feelings. Can Savvy trust herself & her faith to help her make the right choice? Don't Kiss Him Goodbye was a great book! My mom & my 10-year-old sister both read the book & they loved it! I think this book would be a great gift for any girl in the family!
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
2nd in the London Confidential Series books. Juvenile Fiction/Teligious/Christian US $6.99 Savvy Smith has settled well into the new school and getting acquainted with more of her classmates in Wexburg Academy just outside London England. She is still delivering the school newspaper, The Wexburg Academy Times, and secretly writing the school advice column. She learns that there is to be a May Day Ball, and she probaly wont be invited to go, since most dates have been settled on, since early in the school year. Then she gets an invitation to attend, by a new acquaintance, Rhys, who she meets in the library, when he asks her for her help on some school work. At first, she wants to go with him, but the longer she knows him, the more flags she sees waving as to his character. They've already bought her dress, and paid for her share of the limo ride, and she feels badly that her parents will be out that money. What should she do? I know these books are meant for tweens and young teens, but I totally enjoy them, and feel that it doesn't hurt parents and grandparents to read a little of the stress from wanting to belong to the crowd. Sandra Byrd has totally captured my attention. I recieved ths book free from Tyndale House publishers to read and review. I recieved no other compensation, all opinions expressed here are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is she wearing a great outfit or what
ForstRose More than 1 year ago
As a reader I enjoy being transported to alternate worlds whether real or fantasy or futuristic. Byrd has done a wonderful job bringing the London Suburbs to life and approaching teen and pre-teen readers with realistic characters. Just about any person picking up these books will be able to find someone or some situation they are able to relate to. Byrd's plot twists and bevy of activity for the inhabitants of her novels keep readers riveted to the page but still craving more by the end. This is also a series that could be picked up individually though there'd be some catching up time for those who haven't read earlier titles in London Confidential.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson Just when Savvy thought she was getting the hang of things. She has two pseudo friends, a column for the paper, and a secret admirer. But guess what? London's version of the prom is coming up and Savvy doesn't have a dress or a date. She makes a quick list of possible candidates, but it dwindles quickly, leaving her with one choice. A guy with a reputation for trouble. He's cute. So can't they go as friends? Savvy has to decide if she'll follow her heart, the crowd, or her own advice. Loved this one! I read it in an hour. These books are fun, quick reads that pack a punch of entertainment. In this volume, Savvy struggles with every girl's dream: having a date to the ball. She finds the perfect dress, but Prince Charming is MIA. Her only option is a guy who's a player. But when she tells him she just wants to be friends, he doesn't seem to be listening. The story has a fabulous ending, but you'll have to read it to find out what happens. This is the third book in the London Confidential series, which is about an all-American girl who's learning to juggle fashion, friendships, and guys in her new home in Great Britain.
Christina7 More than 1 year ago
This one is a little outside of my box. All right, a lot outside of my box. I don't recall ever reading juvenile fiction even when I was a juvenile. But as a mom of an almost thirteen year old, I'm constantly on the hunt for good, pure fiction, and Sandra Byrd does not disappoint. I began reading the book with the idea that it would be easy to set aside while I switched laundry over or any of that other household stuff that tends to take precedence in my life. Boy, was I wrong. I couldn't put the book down. Don't Kiss Him Good-bye is that engaging. Savvy is a typical teenager with Christian values at her core. The only difference, she's been uprooted from her American culture and replanted in the United Kingdom. Secretly, she runs an advice column for her school newspaper. Savvy seeks the scriptures for answers to other people's problems. When her own relationship dilmmas occurr with her peers she must decide whether or not to take her own advice. There are so many positives in this book. Savvy is not only a gifted writer, she also has a gift with music and although she is nervous she is not afraid to use it to glorify God. I'm very impressed with Byrd's ability to add an awesome message for young girls in a way that is not off putting to them. As a mom of four children the following excerpt (from Savvy's mom) is my favorite part. "This has to be your decision Savvy," she said. "But I want you to think hard about it. When you go out with someone, dress up, or even just become friends with him, you are giving away a precious piece of yourself. Make sure that each person you give a piece of Savvy to deserves it." It does not matter if you're from a Christian home or not, that bit is sound advice for children and adults alike! Although Don't Kiss Him Good-bye is the third book in Byrd's London Confidential series following Savvy's life, I did not feel as if I missed a beat. But, I can promise you I will be on the hunt for the previous books and I very much look forward to future books.