Kissing Annabel: Love, Ghosts, & Facial Hair and A Place Like This

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In this verse novel, Jack is a normal, average sixteen-year-old. He?s obsessed with sex, sports, and his maturing body. He?s got a lot on his mind, including his mother?s death. It?s been seven years, but Jack has yet to let her go . . . that is, until he meets Annabel. Annabel is beautiful, smart, and she gets him. Suddenly love makes sense, and the future seems hopeful. Originally published as two separate novels, readers will now have the opportunity to follow Jack and Annabel?s story from beginning to end in ...

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Overview

In this verse novel, Jack is a normal, average sixteen-year-old. He’s obsessed with sex, sports, and his maturing body. He’s got a lot on his mind, including his mother’s death. It’s been seven years, but Jack has yet to let her go . . . that is, until he meets Annabel. Annabel is beautiful, smart, and she gets him. Suddenly love makes sense, and the future seems hopeful. Originally published as two separate novels, readers will now have the opportunity to follow Jack and Annabel’s story from beginning to end in one complete package.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416982876
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Edition description: Bind-Up
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 770,063
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven Herrick
is one of Australia’s most popular poets. He lives in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains in Australia with his wife, Cathie, and two sons.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    Not as good as it could have been.

    Seeing it in the store, I got really excited. But once I got it home, i was not as into it as I thought it would be. Its not bad at all, its just not completly fantastic. It a really easy read, and good if you have nothing to do one afternoon. It took me two hours to read it. Try it out, maybe you will like it more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

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    Great book

    I'm a romantic person and I enjoyed this book very much. The whole thing is written in poems. I thought it was beautiful and well written.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    It wasn't as great as I expected it to be

    It was good, don't get me wrong. A really liked the first book. The second one was so pointless.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Originally released in Australia as two separate works in 1996 and 1998 respectively, KISSING ANNABEL is a compilation of two related stories in poetry. <BR/><BR/>The majority of the work is told by Jack. In the first story, his mother has been dead for seven years. He struggles to overcome the ghost of his mother. He turns to his sister, Desiree, for advice on clothes, girls, and even sex. Everything he'd have turned to his mother for. His father is drowning in his own grief, so the two haven't had a meaningful conversation in years. <BR/><BR/>It's only after Jack finally gets the nerve to ask Annabel out does he start to overcome his grief. He has been attracted to Annabel for ages, but has always been shy and afraid to approach her. The two soon spend all their time together, and because of Annabel, Jack can finally say goodbye to his mother properly. <BR/><BR/>In the second story, two years have passed, and Jack and his family have moved on. But Jack is restless. He's done with school and has dropped out of university, finding it pointless. After talking to his dad, his father gives his consent to let Jack and Annabel take the year off to travel. <BR/><BR/>Jack and Annabel set off in a brown car that his father helped him buy. Annabel takes the trip with a grain of salt. She knows it won't turn out to be the trip that Jack envisions. To prove her point, after the second day, they run out of gas and find themselves working at an apple orchard. <BR/><BR/>At the orchard they meet George and his family. Emma is his sixteen-year-old daughter, who is pregnant and doesn't know the father. But Emma is growing up quicker than she had planned. Watching the devotion between Annabel and Jack gives her new purpose in her life and the baby growing inside of her. <BR/><BR/>Though the stories were written more than ten years ago, they seem just as relevant today as they did then. Told in a timeless way, Jack, Annabel, Emma, and the rest of the characters grow and come to learn more about themselves and the others around them. Beautifully written, the stories will stay with you long after the cover has been closed. <BR/><BR/>(Note: There is a lot of sexual content in this book, which might not be suitable for all readers.)

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