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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 LibraryCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.