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French Kiss
     

French Kiss

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by Sarra Manning
 

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The first in a fun, witty teen romance trilogy

New town, new college, new people, Edie's feeling overwhelmed. What if nobody wants to be her friend? But then something happens that turns her life upside down: Edie spots Dylan. Messy-haired, pouty, frustratingly elusive Dylan. Fast forward to the college trip to Paris and things are really heating

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The first in a fun, witty teen romance trilogy

New town, new college, new people, Edie's feeling overwhelmed. What if nobody wants to be her friend? But then something happens that turns her life upside down: Edie spots Dylan. Messy-haired, pouty, frustratingly elusive Dylan. Fast forward to the college trip to Paris and things are really heating up. In between the shopping, the clubbing, the kissing, and the making up, something happens between Edie and Dylan that changes both their lives for ever. But do boys like Dylan ever play for keeps?

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"Fluffy romance fans will be delighted . . . expect girls to gobble it down and ask for more."  —Booklist

Publishers Weekly
There is snogging and sparring aplenty in Manning's (Guitar Girl) appealing if rather overwrought launch title in the Diary of a Crush trilogy, which started as a fictional column in a now-defunct British teen mag. In her diary entries, 16-year-old Edie bemoans her family's recent move; she feels like a "socially dysfunctional freak of nature" at her new college. Yet her "spiritual self shift[s] into orbit" when she locks eyes with gorgeous, 19-year-old Dylan, whose "face was all hard planes and angles, cheekbones and jawline softened only by these pillowy lips." Those pillowy lips become quite familiar to Edie, who presses her lips to his and becomes obsessed with the guy despite warnings about his many past dalliances. Dylan's aloofness between kissing sessions rankles Edie, who begins dating an attentive, sincere classmate on the sly. Edie's emotional roller coaster ride hits high and low points on a school trip to Paris, where she finally issues Dylan an ultimatum ("I want everything or nothing"). Dylan agrees to everything yet the title of the second installment, Kiss and Make Up (ISBN 0-14-240642-2), hints at more ups and downs to come (and the third, Sealed with a Kiss, ISBN 0-14-240648-1, suggests a happy ending?). Despite the tale's repetition and ample melodrama, readers with a fondness for romantic soap opera will find these smooching characters quite entertaining. Ages 14-up. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Edie Wheeler (pronounced Eee-dee and not Eddie, as she would politely correct you) is a sixteen-year-old girl entering her first year of A-level classes at a British college. She moves from her home in Brighton to attend school in Manchester, and in stereotypical new-kid style, Edie finds herself as the odd one out at a school full of “achingly cool” art, fashion, and drama students. Early on, she spots Dylan, a handsome art-boy whom she christens the “heir to her heart.” Edie saunters into her photography class late on the first day and discovers the only available seat is next to Dylan. Eventually, Edie begins to adapt to the haute-couture lifestyle of the posh art school, and an innocent romance begins to develop between her and Dylan. A photography class trip to Paris offers the pair a potential storybook setting for the start of their budding relationship, but a bitter and jealous love-hexagon of sorts threatens to wedge its way between them. In this quasi-epistolary novel, Edie’s diary entries capture the very essence of what it is like to be sixteen and infatuated. While some of the plot elements seem so unbelievably convenient as to merit an eye-roll, readers find themselves secretly wanting the plot to play out the way it does. Manning creates a dynamic character in Edie, who is confident, intelligent, quirky, and hopelessly romantic, but firm in her morals. This feel-good novel is brimming with British slang, fashion tips, and designer name-dropping that is sure to have its young adult readers googling Jane Seberg’s “fringe” to duplicate the hairstyle. With two more books in the series, it is probably a good thing that Diary is such a quick read. Readers will beclamoring to pick up right where Edie and Dylan left off. Reviewer: Logan Hull

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780349001562
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Series:
Diary of a Crush Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the now sadly defunct UK teen mag, J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK, which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of other youth titles.Sarra was most recently editor of BBC’s What To Wear magazine. She’s now advises a number of UK magazine publishers as well as being a contributing editor to Elle UK. Sarra has also contributed to The Guardian, ES Magazine, Seventeen, Details and Heat and wrote the Shop Bitch column for Time Out London. Sarra lives in North London with her devoted dog, Dino, the mongrel she saved from an untimely death.

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French Kiss 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it, have the series and keep reading it years later!!!
CallieNoelle More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! Great characters and a great story line!!
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JustAnotherRead More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. I read it in like one day, now I have to get the next book! Though something about this book irritates me, but I enjoyed it and want to find out what happens next. (:
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HopelessRomantic14 More than 1 year ago
I was never really the reading type, i picked this book up thinking that i will get around to it eventually. the moment i started this series i couldnt put it down. i was sad when it was over, but it left me wanting more love story books. if your a hopeless romantic, or you just like reading love stories this is the book for you.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I really like reading books that are in diary form, and author Sarra Manning doesn't disappoint with the diary of Edie (short for Edith) Wheeler, a sixteen-year old college student living in Manchester, England. I will admit that it was sometimes difficult for me to follow along with this book, mostly due to some terms I wasn't familiar with and situations that are different from those in the United States. Once you realize, however, that A-levels in college appear to equal being a Freshman, and that sixteen isn't, in fact, too young to be attending college when college appears to be another word for high school, and that some social situations "across the pond" are very different than you're used to, you'll get into the rhythm of FRENCH KISS quite easily.

Edie has fallen in love at first sight with Dylan, a guy in her Photography class. The problem is that she isn't the only one. Her good friend, Shona, also seems to have a thing for him, and it's driving her crazy. Add to that the fact that Mia, a crazy-popular girl that Edie has been talking with has a thing going with Paul, Dylan's best friend, and it gets a little complicated. But that's not the end of it. Mia is using Edie to get Paul off her back so she can get with Dylan, Shona wants to be with Paul but thinks Edie likes him, and Dylan is kissing with Edie but having intimate conversations with Mia. Yes, it's truly a complicated situation.

As the class gears up to take a trip to Paris, things with Dylan seem to be alternately heating up and cooling off. They can't seem to keep their hands off of each other when they're alone, and yet around anyone else Dylan only treats her like a friend. Even though she's patched things up with Shona, Mia is still in the picture, and Edie is getting tired of it all.

Before these teens leave the most romantic city in the world, some things will have to come to a head. Ultimatums will be made, friendships will be either solidified or ruined, and Edie will learn once and for all if Dylan is the love of her life. FRENCH KISS is a fun, easy read that will have you rooting for this great couple, and hoping that Mia, with her dirty tricks, will be shown for what she really is by the end of the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book, and it is definately worth reading!!! Sara Manning is of course and excellent writer, and made this book impossible to put down!!! Since im a sucker for teenage romance stories this book was wonderful, but it is also just a GREAT book! Please buy! It is worth it!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love a book about the hardships teen girls face today then this book is definitely the one to choose. The first book in this series introduces the readers (us) to Edie Wheeler, a young 16 year old British girl who moves to a new place and seems to be absolutely miserable. That is until she meets Dylan, the mysterious art boy at her college. Dylan's mysterious attitude and breath-taking kisses leaves Edie in a state of lust, love and confusion leading to her near desperate cry for help. You'll get warped into a world with Edie and Dylan as they continue their 'courtship' and never ending mystery game. I read this book and never put it down until I finished it. I felt like I was a part of Edie's world, a world of boys, and confusion. The book is definitely one of the best that I've read in 17 years and i can't wait to read the second book in the trilogy. i recommend this book to every teen girl because you'll fall madly in love with Edie and Dylan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Crush is a series about Edie Wheeler, the new girl in town, and her sometimes unrequited love with Dylan Kowalski, the beautiful art student, who could probably make nay girl fall head over heels in lust with him. I read the first book in the trilogy, French Kiss, after spotting it hidden in the shelves of a random bookstore, and havent put it down since. ive been reading it for years now, over and over again, and trust me when i say this, Edie and Dylan leave you crying for more.