Kiss Me Again

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"Can I kiss you?" he asked.

Charlie Collins doesn't know what to do about Kevin Lazarus, her crush and, awkwardly, her new stepbrother. Things were complicated enough when their parents were only dating, and when Kevin was going out with Charlie's best friend, Tess. Now, post-wedding, Charlie and Kevin are crossing paths and crossing lines, and then they have to eat breakfast . . . together.

If only Charlie could get some time away from Kevin and her annoyingly happy and strange...

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Overview

"Can I kiss you?" he asked.

Charlie Collins doesn't know what to do about Kevin Lazarus, her crush and, awkwardly, her new stepbrother. Things were complicated enough when their parents were only dating, and when Kevin was going out with Charlie's best friend, Tess. Now, post-wedding, Charlie and Kevin are crossing paths and crossing lines, and then they have to eat breakfast . . . together.

If only Charlie could get some time away from Kevin and her annoyingly happy and strange stepfamily, she might be able to deal. Yet first she has to make things right with George, her sort-of boyfriend, and Tess, whose trust she broke. But while Charlie struggles to be the perfect friend and daughter, at the end of the day Kevin is the one waiting for her at home. Would it really be so bad if they kissed again?

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Middle-class girls in early adolescence will love this book--as will their mothers. Ninth-grader Charlie Collins has lived with her mother, a divorced Harvard professor, for many years. Now Mom's new husband, Joe, has moved into the spacious house, along with his sweet 9-year-old daughter, Samantha, and his notoriously flirtatious ninth-grade son, Kevin. From the first page, readers are sucked into a story both angst-y and funny, as Charlie copes with a mutual crush on Kevin; an increasingly tenuous relationship with her best friend, Tess; her first paying job; and other trials and triumphs of growing up. The theme of adjustment to stepfamilies is integrated into every facet of the story, including homework: "There was no way I could settle down enough to read about Hamlet's scheming stepfather and how awkward it was for Hamlet to deal with a blended family. Uh, no." Charlie tells her story in the past tense, but the vivid, awkward conversations and Charlie's constant editorializing--both wittily humorous and earnestly serious--make it clear that the events are in the recent past and that Charlie's tale will continue to unfold. Vail shows emotional development in the characters introduced in If We Kiss (2005) and liberally sprinkles their lives with such contemporary activities as texting, while sheltering them in a world where French-kissing and finger-lacing are their limits of sexual intimacy. An enjoyable romance that eschews smutty for sweet. (Fiction. 12-16)
ALA Booklist
“An entertaining and relatable romp about figuring out first love.”
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—As this sequel to If We Kiss (HarperCollins, 2005) opens, Charlie and Kevin have shared a romantic kiss after the wedding of their parents. Charlie is a realistic 14-year-old, vacillating between maturity and childishness with ease and believability. Her awkwardness and growing pains in dealing with friendships, a re-formed family, and romantic relationships provide sufficient tension and interest. Kevin can seem too smooth and mature to be a high school freshman, but the flirting and friendship between the stepsiblings is generally believable. Lots of humor and the realistic portrayal of family interactions help overcome slight flaws in secondary character development and occasional inadequately explained references to situations from the previous title. Although the ending feels somewhat rushed, there is a sense of closure that still leaves open the possibility of a follow-up novel. A teen-friendly romance without sexual references.—Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061947179
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 779,988
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (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, 2013

    Amazing

    This book is sooooo good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    I read If We Kiss when I was in sixth or seventh grade and I lov

    I read If We Kiss when I was in sixth or seventh grade and I loved it. When I found out there was a sequel, I HAD to have it, even as a current senior in high school. It didn't disappoint at all! I wish there was more insight into Kevin but otherwise it was soo good. I thought I might have outgrown it, but the characters and story were still incredible. So glad she wrote a sequel!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    I'm dying to read this!!!

    I saw " if we kiss " in my bookshelf at home and thought, why not read it? Then I got totally hooked and cryed when it ended, when I found out about the sequal I practicaly died and niw I have to wait a couple of weeks ( ten ) to get enough money to buy it but I read the sample and it looks wayyyy worth the wait please make a third so I have something to look forward to after I finish the second. Securely, your new #1 fan Victoria ?

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    Since I don't have the money to buy it I am the first one on the

    Since I don't have the money to buy it I am the first one on the waiting list at the library to read it. I am very excited and can't wait to read it. It is making me anxious waiting for the book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Umm to people below

    Um does this have to do with the book? If not 1. SOO ROMANTIC!!!!! 2. Awkward much?!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Elley you didnt do anything wrong. i got my nook taken away and

    Elley you didnt do anything wrong. i got my nook taken away and i dont know for how long. i love you so much you are my world. u did nothing wrong i love you ssooo much~brittney

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    <3

    Couldve don better ending other wise good book

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