If We Kiss

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Overview

Charlie Collins has never been kissed.

She’s never been in love, either. Charlie’s beautiful best friend, Tess, has kissed three boys and has loved each one of them. Then Charlie unexpectedly finds herself falling for Kevin, and she’s in a mess of trouble right away. For one thing, Tess is in love with Kevin. Even worse, his father seems to be dating Charlie’s mom, who suddenly can’t stop smiling. With no one to confide in, Charlie has to figure this one out for herself. But ...

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Overview

Charlie Collins has never been kissed.

She’s never been in love, either. Charlie’s beautiful best friend, Tess, has kissed three boys and has loved each one of them. Then Charlie unexpectedly finds herself falling for Kevin, and she’s in a mess of trouble right away. For one thing, Tess is in love with Kevin. Even worse, his father seems to be dating Charlie’s mom, who suddenly can’t stop smiling. With no one to confide in, Charlie has to figure this one out for herself. But even as she tries to pull away from Kevin, she can’t stop wondering, What would happen if we kiss?

Fourteen-year-old Charlie feels guilty because she has a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and her loyalties become even more confused when she discovers that her mother is dating the boyfriend's father.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Absolutely believable. Vail demonstrates her usual knack for getting to the heart of an emotional quandary.”
ALA Booklist
“Very appealing. Charlie is much funnier and more knowing than any ninth-grader on the planet.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Absolutely believable. Vail demonstrates her usual knack for getting to the heart of an emotional quandary.”
Publishers Weekly
According to PW, "Vail proves that first love is anything but simple and sweet in this lively contemporary novel narrated by a high-school freshman." Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
Charlotte, known as Charlie, has never been kissed. Her best friend Tess wants her to get the first kiss out of the way so they can talk about it. But Charlie does not tell Tess when she does get that first kiss, with someone she least expects. And Charlie is not sure what she should do about this first kiss since it leads to being called into the principal's office, reprimanded by her mother, and ignored by Kevin, the boy she kissed. To make matters more complicated, Tess is in love with Kevin, Charlie starts dating George and joins the school newspaper (both with semi-disastrous results), and Kevin's dad and Charlie's mom begin dating. Feeling increasingly like the worst best friend ever, Charlie has not only to cope with her desire to kiss Kevin more, but also with being somewhat of a disappointment to her father and with her unexpected jealousy over her mother dating. With characters who are realistically flawed while still likeable and pacing that will keep readers turning the pages, Vail has created a story that will resonate with teen girls everywhere. Give this book to readers looking for something deeper than chick-lit, but with a chick-lit feel to it. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, HarperTrophy, 259p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Stephanie Squicciarini
Children's Literature
Her first kiss. Charlie dreams of the perfect romantic moment. Her girl friend Tess has been kissed three times by three different boys and claims the experience is indescribable. Everyone thinks George will be Charlie's first boyfriend, but one day Kevin unexpectedly kisses her in the schoolyard. Unfortunately, the kiss makes them both late for class and, even worse, is witnessed by the head ninth-grade teacher. Even more unfortunately, before Charlie has a chance to tell her best friend Tess, Kevin kisses Tess and she once again falls in love. Charlie and Tess usually tell each other everything, but since they both seemed to have fallen for the same guy, Charlie faces a dilemma. The situation is further complicated when Charlie's mom and Kevin's dad begin dating. Charlie takes a job on the school paper only to be near Kevin, but when she finds it necessary to stand up for a principle in her reporting, she realizes how important it is to be with someone who understands. A quick-reading, enjoyable book for the very young girl who can obsess over the thought of a first kiss. 2005, HarperCollins, and Ages 8 to 12.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-High school freshman Charlie is ready for her first kiss. The big day arrives when Kevin Lazarus chooses her, taking her by the hand and leading her outside. Charlie, who before the kiss doesn't particularly like him, finds herself both intrigued and grossed out by the germs to which she's been exposed. She is not sure if it really happened and she tells no one, not even her best friend, Tess. Her confusion is further compounded when Tess sets her eyes on Kevin and wins his affections, her mother becomes romantically involved with Kevin's father, and Charlie becomes increasingly more obsessed with the teen. Over Christmas break, she and her mother go on a skiing vacation with the Lazarus family, and Mr. Lazarus and Charlie's mom become engaged. Charlie is once again kissed by Kevin; from here on the plot focuses on Charlie obsessing over kissing Kevin again and her feelings of guilt about her lack of honesty toward her best friend. Unfortunately, other conflicts in the story aren't as fully developed. However, Charlie tells her story in a fresh voice and begins to realize that there is a difference between being obsessed and truly caring about someone. While Charlie and Tess are typical teenagers navigating their way through high school angst, Kevin remains one-dimensional and readers learn little about him besides his habit of kissing girls. A light read for fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's "Alice" series (S & S).-Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams' Middle School, Hilton, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kisses take on a whole new dimension in this touching and tangled teen drama. High-school freshman Charlotte, "Charlie," doesn't fit in with the sports crowd or the brainy set and she's never been kissed. Although Charlie admits she's "ready to kiss someone," she is startled when the class Romeo, Kevin Lazarus, unexpectedly French kisses her at school, triggering a series of bewildering events. As she sorts through her own feelings for Kevin, Charlie discovers her best friend Tess has also fallen for him. To complicate matters further, Charlie's mother announces she has fallen in love with Kevin's divorced father. With a crush on her best friend's boyfriend-her future stepbrother-Charlie faces one moral dilemma after another, but she does it with humor and a certain charm. A confused Charlie ends up spending her freshman year trying to diagnose what's going on, what she really wants and who's kissing whom. Amazing what one kiss can do. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060569167
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 306,804
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels If We Kiss and Lucky, Gorgeous, and Brilliant (the Avery sisters trilogy) and more than a dozen other novels for young teens, including the Friendship Ring series. Rachel has also written many beloved picture books, including Piggy Bunny and Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, and two hit novels for elementary school kids, Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters; and Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    the perrfect book for middle school girls!

    i think this book is romantic and i didn't want to put it down .i wish there were a sequal !!!!!!!!!!!!! very descriptive . so good its indescribable!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Charlie!!!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    I've never been so excited to turn the page

    It was absolutely incredible. I borrowed it from a friend and read it in two days! I'm usually a lazy reader and it takes a lot to get me really interested but this immidiately caught my attention. I absolutely loved it!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    So good......

    I first picked it up hoping that it would be a good romance book with some interesting characters and a good plot. It was better than I expected. Although I thought the writing was a little immature for writing about freshman in highschool (at first I thought Charlie was still in junior high), however it was still good. I wish there a second one so many things could happen next.....I recomend this book although the ending was sad. She blew her best friend for some guy she might like who ended up being her stepbrother. But I guess it was just lust....

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    One Of The Best!

    It's been a while since I've read the book, but I remember that it ws great! I literally laughed out loud in some parts! When not funny, it was so romantic or just plain awesome. The end kinda made me mad, but not everything has to end oh-so-perfect like we hope!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    This is my favorite book!

    Well, I loved this book so much I read it twice in one day. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. I mean, it was a good way to end a book, but it didn't end like (I think) a lot of readers wanted. I really wish there was a sequel!!! I think if there was a sequel, Charlie and Kevin she get together. It's not like I dislike George, I just think that George should be her friend and Kevin should be her boyfriend. I don't know if anyone agrees, though. But that's what I think.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2009

    This book was a great read for young teenagers who are looking for some romance and fun at the same time!!!!

    If We Kiss by Rachel Vail was a great read. About a girl's first kiss it was cutely romantic. I recommend this book to those who love a little romance but a story line along with it. I think we all wonder about our first kiss. "What will it be like?" "How will it be?" "I'm nervous that i'll mess up!" This book shows how one girl coped with this before and after her first kiss.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    this is my all time favorite!!!!!

    well. . . i loved this book. but the only thing is i didnt like how the parents got married that kinda ruined the whole book


    thats wat i think
    book_worm_slk

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    ahh it was soo good till the end !

    this book was soo good. i read it in like 5 hours. i got so into it and then the ending just messed up the whole book. i love KEVIN i wanted them to be together, but charlie just forgets about him i guess. it doesnt even explain what happens with them. it wasnt worth ruining her friendship just to never go out with kevin. AHHHH i hate the ending sooo muchh!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    Not As I Expected.

    I bought this book while i was on vacation in south carolina while i was shopping in a barnes and noble. i needed a good book to read and this looked like a good book, it has a catchy title and a good cover. also the synopsis on the back read to be good. i started into this book the next morning down on the beach and had to force myself to finish it. after the first few chapters i got completely bored with it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Great Book

    Perfect anyone would like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Innocent i am mo bad guy just cause i read the sequel not knowing aboutthis book...0.0

    Not trying to be the bad guy here but i read rhe sequel not knowing there is a book before that...is this book worth reading if you read the sequel? What happens?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    ?

    Whts a squell?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    There is a sequel!!!!

    If you loved this book and couldnt put it down, check out kiss me again the sequel to this novel!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    It was gooood!

    The ending........ YES:) AWWW !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I LOVE this book

    This book is so interesting and romantic i am almost done with it and i cant wait to read the end of it ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    I wish there was a sequel

    I WISH THERE WAS A SEQUEL!!!! This is a amazing book

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    Not Bad

    This is really something that I would have eaten up when i was in that junior high/high school transition. The characters are cute, but the story line always felt like it was jumping around too much to me. But Charlotte(Charlie) is a nice character and she does have to deal with divorce, and the fact her mother is dating again. Still, I would say if you fit into that time of your life, this is the perfect book for you.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    Characters: Charlie, Charlie's Mom, Tess and Kevin Settings: Cha

    Characters: Charlie, Charlie's Mom, Tess and Kevin
    Settings: Charlie's house and her school
    Events in the Plot:
    1. Charlie starts liking a guy she never liked before.
    2. Charlie's friend Tess starts dating Kevin.
    3. More trouble starts when Charlie's mom starts dating Kevin's dad.
    4. Charlie goes to a newspaper meeting because she is following Kevin around.
    5. Charlie learns that if she wants to take a serious job in the newspaper she will have to learn how to grow up.

    Conflict:
    The conflict is that Charlie really likes Kevin but she can't date him because her best friend Tess is dating him. Another conflict is that Charlie's mother is dating Kevin's father they wouldn't be able to date him because it would be like dating his sister cause his father is dating her mom.

    Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes drama, mystery and straight up seriousness.( I chose drama because Charlie likes Kevin and can't or else she could loose her best friend. I chose mystery because we never find out what happens with Kevin and Charlie. Lastly, I chose straight up seriousness because Charlie needs to learn that the newspaper job she has needs a serious person not a person who is laughing or obnoxious all the time!!!!!) I hope you enjoy the book! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    NOT GREAT!!

    I didn't think the book was that great. This book is definetly a middle school book. Their was a lot of whining and not enough of the romance you would expect. If your looking for a really go romance then this isn't the book for you. The ending most of all was really disappointing so i wouldn't really recommend this book unless your in middle school.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    I LOVED it!!!

    I LOVED the book! it was so relistic and i wanted to read more!!! I was so mad about the ending though :( i want a sequel!!! i think a lot of people do, and if theres a sequel Charlie should end up with Kevin, there would be a better sequel if she ended up with Kevin, because George, isn't all that exciting. and if theres a sequel, maybe it should be Kevin point of view of the book, or Kevins point of view, going forward and it should pick up in Chalie's bedroom, when he gave her the Global Kiss! and instead of just kissing him on the forhead, they should just do a full out KISS!

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