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


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
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,366,712
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.81 (w) x 7.29 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted March 26, 2009


    This is a great book about kissing and it actually defines kisses from Kisses. Its a very cute book and i think that all teenage girls should read it. I believe that every girl should read that special book that they can cherish and carry on and share with other girls; this is one of those books. ........This book takes me back on to those times where i kissed many boys and not knowing the meaning of how things worked with the whole kissing thing. It makes me laugh because my first kiss was kind of cute but then again really funny. Ricky and i were close friends and we went to the county fair grounds to see the fourth of July show with a few friends. I remember i was standing on the stands and we looked up to see the grand finale then i looked down and he look extremely Hott and i don't know how or why but it somehow happend. Ricky and i are still dating we are very happy together and what not; he is in college his sophomore year and I'm going to be a freshmen in college next year. I'm so excited!

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for

    Author Cylin Busby has brought together some of young adult's funniest and most talented authors to reminisce about their real-life first kisses (or the second, or the third, or the twenty-fifth). In a collection that ranges from funny to bittersweet, from cringe-worthy to downright disgusting, this is one anthology that is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.<BR/><BR/>A slimy first kiss that wasn't even wanted, the breathless anticipation of a first kiss that never came, and the first kiss horror stories that should exist nowhere but in nightmares -- the authors hold nothing back when it comes to their memories (that is, when they can actually remember).<BR/><BR/>The book is also interspersed with quizzes about kissing, lists including historical kisses in movies, funny (but sometimes not-so-helpful) first kiss advice, and much more. It's a quick, easy read that's sure to appeal to both girls and boys, young and old. And since a portion of the proceeds from sales of the book benefit NPR's Youth Radio, you'll be doing both yourself and other teens a favor by picking up a copy of FIRST KISS (THEN TELL).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Kasssy knows best

    This book is so funny and teaches about experiences of kissing, well your first kiss, first kisses can be about where or when or with who. You can always have a different first kiss. This is book is written by various authors. Their stories show that sometimes the kisses are great and sometimes not. In one of the stories the girl with the kiss, marrys the guy. Its great. i love it so much.

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