Kiss Crush Collide

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It's never been like this before.

Leah has always followed the road paved for her by family and tradition—Miss Popularity, homecoming queen, valedictorian—until she locks eyes with the dark and mysterious Porter.

Now Leah's life is heading for a detour, and for the first time ever, she's the driver.

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Overview

It's never been like this before.

Leah has always followed the road paved for her by family and tradition—Miss Popularity, homecoming queen, valedictorian—until she locks eyes with the dark and mysterious Porter.

Now Leah's life is heading for a detour, and for the first time ever, she's the driver.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Those feeling confined by family and looking for a little bad-boy breakaway action will get some vicarious thrills here.”
ALA Booklist
“Meredith displays a great ear for teen interior monologues. . . . Readers will delight in Leah’s transformation from wealthy, privileged brat to a young woman ready to take chances and live her own life.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Those feeling confined by family and looking for a little bad-boy breakaway action will get some vicarious thrills here."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Those feeling confined by family and looking for a little bad-boy breakaway action will get some vicarious thrills here.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Those feeling confined by family and looking for a little bad-boy breakaway action will get some vicarious thrills here.”
Publishers Weekly
High school junior Leah comes from a quintessentially perfect family: her parents are high school sweethearts, her older sisters are both gorgeous valedictorians, and their family is well-off and well connected. With Leah’s oldest sister, Yorke, recently engaged, and middle sister, Freddie, celebrating her graduation, Leah has had enough of the many expectations that weigh on her. When Leah meets Porter, the handsome bad boy who parks cars at her family’s country club, she sees the perfect opportunity to break away from her family and her tried and true boyfriend, Shane. Writing from Leah’s first-person perspective, debut author Meredith spends an inordinate amount of time on the details of the charmed life Leah chafes against and her romantic yearnings, which are sometimes described in queasy terms (“But what my boyfriend spent more than twelve months achieving inch by inch in my bedroom, Porter had plundered in a few sweaty minutes”). The romance and intrigue will draw readers, but the underdeveloped characters and their flattened emotions drain the story of intensity and sizzle. Ages 13–up. Agent: The Chudney Agency. (Jan.)
VOYA - Anita Beaman
Leah is a golden girl: beautiful, smart, and popular. She is also trapped by the expectations of others: her boyfriend, her sisters, her domineering mother. This summer might be different. With her mother focused on big events in her sisters' lives, Leah seizes the chance to hook up with bad-boy Duffy, who parks cars at her parents' country club. The attraction is instant, and the foreplay is hot, but Duffy will not stand for being Leah's dirty little secret for long. Kiss Crush Collide has all the promise of a forbidden love story but unfortunately falls flat. While Leah is a sympathetic character, her inability to exist outside her sisters' shadows quickly becomes frustrating. Duffy (or Porter, as Leah mistakenly calls him through half the book) is a phantom with little personality. The sexual tension that Leah says she feels with Duffy does not come out on the page, and neither Leah nor the reader knows much about Duffy, other than that he turns her on. As a vehicle for inspiring change in Leah's life, Duffy is effective. As a true love interest, his credibility is questionable. While Kiss Crush Collide will appeal to fans of bad boy/good girl romances, they may be in for a disappointment. Romance readers will pick up Kiss Crush Collide with high hopes but will do better with works by Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, or Siobhan Vivian. Reviewer: Anita Beaman
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Leah Johnson has it all: looks, popularity, money, and great grades. The youngest of three sisters, she has never had to work for anything. Homecoming Queen, valedictorian, girlfriend of the school's quarterback—all of these things have been or will be handed to Leah simply because of who she is and what Yorke and Freddie had gotten before her. While working at the country club as a lifeguard the summer before her senior year, she meets Porter, and nothing is the same. He is everything Shane isn't—sexy, spontaneous, a question mark. Best of all, he's most likely not on the "approved list" of acceptable boyfriends. Naturally, they begin a torrid love affair. Ultimately and unimaginatively, Leah must decide to break it off with Shane and go public with her new beau or continue to keep up the charade she's been living. While teen girls might be swept up by Porter's character and the steamy cover, this novel is trite and Leah is very unlikable. She is well aware of how privileged she is, and she loves herself even more for it. When younger girls are staring at her in awe at the pool, she sighs, "You'd think I'd be used to it by now." Yeah, it's hard for Leah to be her own person because people assume she will do everything her sisters have done. And yes, her mom seems way more focused on appearances than on Leah's actual happiness, but none of that will make readers care about her or her "problems." Point fans of teen romance in the direction of books by Sarah Dessen or Susan Colasanti instead.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, Columbus, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
The summer before her senior year of high school, a girl who seemingly has it all--money, looks, smarts and social position--falls for a dazzlingly handsome but mildly unsuitable boy. Leah Johnson is not the captain of her own ship. Although she knows how to drive, Leah prefers to let others take the wheel. Without much effort or thought, she drifts along in the wake of her perfect sisters, assuming, like the Johnson she is, that she'll be homecoming queen and then valedictorian. Although the pressure to be just like her sisters causes some minor chafing, and she's indifferent to the charms of her handsome, wealthy, athletic boyfriend, it's a dream life, and it never occurs to Leah not to meet everyone's expectations. Until she falls for Jon Duffy, a boy who doesn't quite fit the expected mold. This overwhelming rush of feeling wakes Leah up, and Duffy becomes the catalyst she needs to look at herself and her life choices in a different light. It's a fine premise, but her struggle is tepid, and Leah is so insipid and so completely disconnected from the wider world that the sympathy she generates is muted. Although the most intriguing thread of the book is familial, this tame G-rated story will appeal largely to girls who enjoy romances. (Fiction. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062062253
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Pages: 313
  • Sales rank: 981,297
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Meredith has always wondered, "How fun is it to drive if you always know exactly where you're going to end up?" She lives in Sausalito, California. This is her first book.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    When I first came across Kiss Crush Collide I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Based on the synopsis, I just knew I had to read it. I was super excited to finally have a copy and started it immediately. I guess my expectations were a little too high being that the book was compared to Perfect Chemistry, which I adored.

    Leah has huge shoes to fill. Her family is rich and they only want the best for her and her sisters. But her mother is a little too controlling and pretty much runs their lives. She has very high expectations when it comes to her daughters. To her mother, it's all about what's on the outside. You look at them and you would think "Perfect Happy Family." Her sisters were Valedictorians, dated the captain of the football team, prom queen, you name it, they did it. So all this was expected of Leah as well, but when someone is telling you what to do with your life, who to date, how to dress, you begin to get bored. Leah didn't even have to study because she wasn't going to fail. That is how popular her family is and that also tells you just HOW rich they are. So what does Leah do? She begins to take things into her own hands. She tries things she's never done before, like cheating on her boyfriend with someone her family wouldn't approve of. It just happened. But what she didn't expect was to actually fall in love.

    What I had a problem with was I felt that Meredith focused a little too much on Leah's life and gave too little about the romance. According to the synopsis, I am expecting this huge forbidden romance and lots of drama, but I did not get that. You get a couple of chapters of Leah and Porter together, but nothing that would WOW you. I liked them together, but I just didn't feel the connection in the beginning. It wasn't until almost the near end that you finally get a feel for them. The way it all played out though, was put together really well, but I would have liked a lot more. There was just way too much of Leah's life and memories than there was romance.

    Now the book isn't bad, but it just wasn't what I was expecting at all. Christina is a great writer though and excellent at describing things. It wasn't hard at all to picture what Leah was feeling, or picture a scene in my head. Again, I just wish there was A LOT more of Porter and Leah.

    Would I recommend Kiss Crush Collide? Yes. Other than what I listed above, it actually has a good meaning behind it.

    Will I read any future books by Christina Meredith? Yes. I really do like her way of writing.

    I give Kiss Crush Collide 3 out of 5 Stars!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    It was okay

    Umm when i got this book i dove right into it expecting love lust and want it had a couple of chapters that gave you s taste of it but not really detsiled that you would get from the cover of the book but the ending was not really good at all good read but could have used more detail on the romance but definetly not the bestgiving a 3 is being generous.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Awesome

    Totally amazing book for me. I rest my case...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Okay

    This book had so much potential.. And I let me down. It could have been so much more.. Overall it was pretty dull, there were some good parts but not worth $10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    DO NOT BUY!

    This book sucks! The best part of this book was the synopsis! It is so not worth $10. Actually it should have been free. Totally a complete waste of money!

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    The major conflict in KISS CRUSH COLLIDE is about the perfect li

    The major conflict in KISS CRUSH COLLIDE is about the perfect life of a sophisticated family which stands in conflict with the personal preferences and wishes of single individuals, like Leah their youngest daughter. In general exactly that conflict made me want to read the book in the first place. Leah falling for the poor boy. I hoped for a story like PERFECT CHEMISTRY which circles around an unwanted love between a girl who is supposed to be perfect and a boy out of her league, that overwhelms you with its awesomeness.

    For my taste the romance came way too short. Sometimes scenes between Leah and Porter were totally irrelevant and not well-integrated into the whole story. I was frankly disappointed by the love story. No chemistry, no insight into the characters feelings for each other, only some inexplicable hook-ups from time to time.

    It’s not only that we don’t really get an insight into Leah’s thinking, but the fact that from the moment she starts seeing that new boy, Porter as she calls him, she not once feels shame or guilt for betraying her boyfriend Shane with another boy. That trait of character let her appear like such an unsympathetic person to me that I couldn’t really enjoy the rest of the read.

    A friendship between Leah and two old friends and one girl she dislikes is sketched, but I don’t believe in a very close relationship since Leah is such a careless character. She is one of the few YA contemporary protagonists I didn’t like. Sometimes a spark of sympathy tries to push its way through, but mostly I just didn’t get her way of thinking. She blames other people for her misery first and starts thinking about her own part in the story after only a while, if at all.

    The whole family of Leah, her sisters and mother are so shallow, it started to really annoy me. I cannot tell you how bored I was every new time Leah mentioned her oh so perfect boyfriend who bothered her, the colour trio her sisters and her are always supposed to wear or her analysis of every single chest in that book! It’s all about the looks and very few about the inner strengths of people. The family has issues, but they are mostly ignored and are not discussed.

    Christina Meredith has a convenient writing style which is fitting for a contemporary romance novel. Cover and writing are really nice, but the content couldn’t convince me at all. I expected the romantic conflict between Leah and that boy at the country club to be so engaging, some sneaking around and sizzling romantic scenes between the two. The premise was so promising and I liked the general constellation of characters and the setting, but their interaction didn't convince.

    THE VERDICT

    2,5/5 **/* KISS CRUSH COLLIDE- Pretty cover, dull content. They kissed, expectations were crushed and opinions collided.

    This is the story of a well-established (in this case: shallow) family trying to break out of their habits. Definitely no PERFECT CHEMISTRY. If the premise draws you to the story like it did with me, just pick up this book and just see if it works for you. I’m a fan of YA contemporary romances, but this one unfortunately didn’t really work for me.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    I thought that the story was badly written and hard to understan

    I thought that the story was badly written and hard to understand what was going on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    REAL true love

    I will tell u what real true love is since u peple dont seem to know.
    Its meeting and instantly when ur eys meet ur in love
    It calling her every day cause ur to far away to talk face to face
    Its makeing sure u call her on her birthday
    Its telling her shes pretty over thevphone even if u cant see her it dosent matter
    Its telling her u love her when shes crying (even if u say it every day)
    Its meeting for the first time and its dark out but but her eyes light up like fire and u end up swiming together and when its almost time u should head in ur laughing and u cant seem to find her and u here giggleing shes behind u u twist aroung and grab her and she squeals and it gose silent and u just stare then u kiss her and for a split second ur whole world revolves around nothing but u and her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Waste of time

    I felt this book could have been so much more, what a let down.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    loved it

    was a good read, loved the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    3.5

    Was good but could have been better but it was a good book

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