Kiss Me Again

Kiss Me Again

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by Rachel Vail
     
 

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Kiss Me Again, the sequel to Rachel Vail's beloved contemporary teen romance If We Kiss, follows Charlie (Charlotte) Collins as she struggles with her feelings for her longtime crush Kevin Lazarus after their parents marry and he becomes her stepbrother.

It was complicated enough when their parents were only dating and Kevin was going out

Overview

Kiss Me Again, the sequel to Rachel Vail's beloved contemporary teen romance If We Kiss, follows Charlie (Charlotte) Collins as she struggles with her feelings for her longtime crush Kevin Lazarus after their parents marry and he becomes her stepbrother.

It was complicated enough when their parents were only dating and Kevin was going out with Charlie's best friend, Tess. Now, living under one roof, Charlie and Kevin are crossing paths and crossing lines, sneaking around at night and then sitting down to breakfast together as a family. It feels so crazy—exciting, confusing, impossible, and romantic. It can't last, not like this, but if anybody discovers their secret, everything could explode. . . .

Praised for her wit and realism, award-winning author Rachel Vail delivers a poignant tale of first love and powerful kisses, at long last answering the question of what happens when a crush so off-limits it has to be fantasy suddenly becomes very real.

Editorial Reviews

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
ALA Booklist
“An entertaining and relatable romp about figuring out first love.”
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062202888
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Series:
If We Kiss , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
380,942
File size:
962 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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Kiss Me Again 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooooo good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read it
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onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: This book. Oh my. Okay, so I've been saying off and on about how YA has been kinda "meh" for me as of late. However, this one really had me involved in the story, sitting on the edge of my seat, and pining away for the love to happen. I read If We Kiss awhile ago and it was one of those absolutely adorable stories. I imagined myself as Charlie and felt all those feelings about what would happen if I kissed Kevin. And then we're taken down that path again in Kiss Me Again, a story I never expected to see written. If We Kiss had been written in a way that seemed like the story had been told. Little did I know, the story wasn't over. Having it continue was a brilliant idea, and I loved to see Charlie and Kevin again, and watch their chemistry unfold over and over again... Oh SWOON. Kiss Me Again is a worthwhile sequel to a just as great first book. I will admit that yes, I picked this one up a few times JUST to reread the kissing scenes. I mean, the title is Kiss Me Again, why wouldn't they be good? Am I right? Just go out there and get your hands on both If We Kiss and then Kiss Me Again. Rachel Vail knows how to write young adult right and I will keep reading her books. My Rating: Exceptional
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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My nook is acting ip
DangerousReader More than 1 year ago
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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Couldve don better ending other wise good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um does this have to do with the book? If not 1. SOO ROMANTIC!!!!! 2. Awkward much?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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