Kiss Crush Collide

Kiss Crush Collide

by Christina Meredith

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062062253
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Pages: 313
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About 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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Kiss Crush Collide 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
damarisc123 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
smileydq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading YA fiction and expect it to be as smart and interesting in its way as adult fiction. Unfortunately this book was neither smart nor interesting. The characters are 1-dimensional and a little inconceivable - I understand that Leah wants more from her life than what she's been handed on a silver platter, and more from her family and friends than they're capable of giving her, but she is as passive and as boring as a robot. The only thing she manages to accomplish in this last summer of high school is to cheat on her boyfriend, and even that she doesn't handle very well. I just wanted to scream at her, 'do something! say something! grow up!' I was looking forward to a little romance, a few steamy moments, and some sort of satisfying resolution to the tried-and-true "girl meets boy from the wrong side of the tracks" plot. It could have been cliched, I was expecting that. What I was not expecting was such a flat and boring non-story. I give this book only 1 star, I recommend other readers go looking for teen romance somewhere else.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is not what I expected but still enjoyed it. I loved the elements of a staged life. Something that is forced on you and you are drowning so deep, that only someone with the same experience can help you. The characters in the book were nicely written. I liked reading about the Leah. Her life is nothing but a show. As the reader, I enjoyed seeing her struggle against who she is and what she wants. She is tired of living something that she is not. The reader also gets good insight on her family. And let me tell you that her family ticked me off badly. I despised that they thought what is good for her, they made her choices and mostly important, they thought for her! The reader see the struggle for balance in Leah's life and makes way for a bad boy readers can't resist. Enter another plot change, Porter. Now here is a character who threw the plot line a whole new direction! He is bad. So bad he makes my mouth water! LOL! I enjoyed watching this character throw new dimensions at Leah. When he ask her to something spontaneous, she could do nothing but respond. I loved reading the characters weak points, but also seeing them get stronger. The plot flows in the same direction, in which will Leah choose? Will she stand up for herself? Or will she let her family choose her life? Kiss Crush Collide is exactly that. A spontaneous kiss. A crush in a new life. A collide of decisions. This is a book of clarity of which Leah is found in. Filled with teenage heart aching for more than what she has, Kiss Crush Collide is a fun paced book that is good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
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.
carolvo More than 1 year ago
I thought that the story was badly written and hard to understand what was going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I felt this book could have been so much more, what a let down.
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nesyDB More than 1 year ago
was a good read, loved the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was good but could have been better but it was a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally amazing book for me. I rest my case...