First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments

First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments

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Twenty-five bestselling authors for teens recount the story of their first kiss. Whether hilarious, heartwarming, dramatic, or regrettable, there's something for every reader to relate to. Quotes, facts, advice, and artwork round out the collection.

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Twenty-five bestselling authors for teens recount the story of their first kiss. Whether hilarious, heartwarming, dramatic, or regrettable, there's something for every reader to relate to. Quotes, facts, advice, and artwork round out the collection.

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School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- In this entertaining collection, the contributors' experiences range from the sublime to the hilarious, and they are related through essays, poems, a play, a his-and-her version of events, and two comic strips. Cecil Castelucci's story of secret kisses with a "bad boy" is one of the most intriguing, while Amy Kim Ganter's artistic rendering of her "third first kiss" with her future husband is romantic. The story of the grossest kiss ever is only for those with strong stomachs. David Levithan writes touchingly of a kiss between boys rehearsing a Shakespeare scene, while Jon Scieszka amusingly relates how his first kiss finally came about, saving him from life as a social reject. Most of the selections are so strong that the extra material-quotes about kissing, information on the history of the kiss, a list of the worst pre-kiss foods-seems unnecessarily tacked on. This is a fun, thought-provoking book that's bound to interest readers who have experienced blissful kisses as well as those who are still wondering what all the fuss is about.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
The bonbon factor is high in this collection of splendid YA authors writing about the inexhaustible subject of kissing. Spiced up with lists like "the top ten worst pre-kiss foods" and quotations from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Joey Adams, they range from funny to touching to gross while maintaining their lighter-than-air confectionery quality. Nikki Grimes offers a hilarious little poem, and Jon Scieszka writes even more hilariously and then lets you know that, "*All names have been mangled by time and memory." Paul Ruditis offers a scrap of Shakespeare-inspired dialogue, in which Mercutio and Romeo discover they want to kiss each other. Roz Chast is in fine form; David Levithan submits a mini graphic novel, with pictures by Nick Eliopulos, asking, "What exactly IS a first kiss?" Alyson Noel has the best title in "Tattooed Love Boys," but the most delicious story is Shannon and Dean Hale sharing a he said/she said about their first kiss with each other. Donna Jo Napoli almost overbalances the whole collection, because her "So Many First Kisses" is so powerfully erotic, it unashamedly focuses on how that kiss makes you feel in your blood and bones. Should have enormous appeal. (Anthology. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599902418
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,236,885
Product dimensions:
4.81(w) x 7.29(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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