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Kiss: A Girl's Guide to Puckering Up

Kiss: A Girl's Guide to Puckering Up

by Erin Elisabeth Conley

Kiss unlocks the deeper mysteries of making out. Inside you’ll find pages about how to kiss, where to kiss, and what compels us to kiss in the first place. You’ll learn about good kissing foods, bad kissing fixes, and how to deal with the long, lonely days of waiting for that next (or first!) kiss. Including tell-all quotes from real teens,


Kiss unlocks the deeper mysteries of making out. Inside you’ll find pages about how to kiss, where to kiss, and what compels us to kiss in the first place. You’ll learn about good kissing foods, bad kissing fixes, and how to deal with the long, lonely days of waiting for that next (or first!) kiss. Including tell-all quotes from real teens, Kiss is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know more about the art—and craft—of puckering up.

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2011 ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Award
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Everything you ever wanted to know about kissing in one practically pocket-sized handbook. Written in a conversational tone and interspersed with quizzes, personal experiences and lists, it reads like an extended article from Glamour or Seventeen magazines. The history and cultural significance of kisses and the biological and physiological responses to kissing open up the short volume. Next come songs and artwork, games and food, all with kissing themes. Additional sections provide how-tos for getting that first kiss, different kinds of kisses, becoming a better kisser or what to do about hickeys, bad kissers or boys who just do not get the hint. Readers can keep a list of their favorite places to kiss or people they have kissed or try one of the many things listed while waiting for their next kiss. There is also a brief discussion about if and/or when to graduate from kissing to something more. The bold graphic cover, playful font, and borders on each page (all in a nice, deep red) are highly appealing. Teens will love it. Reviewer: Amy McMillan

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5.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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A Girl's Guide to Puckering Up
By Erin Elisabeth Conley

Zest Books

Copyright © 2010 Erin Elisabeth Conley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780981973302

Aside from feeling an inexplicable urge to do it, nobody really stops to think about it: that all-important, amazing act of life known as "kissing." It’s something that almost every living human is dying to do. The more we talk, think, and wonder about it, the more we simply want to lock lips ourselves — but, what exactly is the fuss about?

Like love, kissing is both clear and complicated, straightforward and loopy. It’s an instinct, a desire, and an impulse. It’s also a gesture, a token, and a gift. A kiss is comprised of too many things to express and is also a way of expressing so many things. A kiss can send you over the moon or crashing back down to earth. A first kiss can ignite an entire planet of hope. A last kiss can haunt you for months.

Maybe no one pauses very long to ponder why we kiss because we’re all too busy doing it — or, at least, wishing we were. Although we never stop to think about kissing, we also can’t stop thinking . . . about kissing.

cracks the mystery of lip smacking wide open. In this book, you’ll read about what a kiss means in another culture, how to judge when he’s making a move, and how to avoid the kiss of death. You’ll learn about setting the right romantic mood and see why it’s best not to be bitter when your lips are lonely. You’ll also hear what other real-life teens have to say about their own adventures in smooching. And along the way, you just might be inspired to go out and snatch a nice big juicy one yourself. Because that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?


The Culture of the Kiss

"You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss . . ."

Sound familiar? That lyric is from the famous tune "As Time Goes By," which was sung in one of the most romantic movies of all time, Casablanca. But when is a kiss really "just a kiss"? Kisses are way more complicated than that. What’s socially acceptable and practiced in the world of kissing — like food, fashion, and language — varies from culture to culture.

In parts of Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, people kiss friends and acquaintances of the opposite (and often same) sex on the cheek, rather than shake hands or hug, to say hello and good-bye. In some countries, like Argentina, it’s just once, usually on the right cheek. In others, like France, it’s once on the right

followed by once on the left — and in still others, like the Netherlands, it’s back to the right again after the right and the left. (Needless to say, it can be tiring for your lips if you have a lot of friends.) And in some regions of Italy, men and women who are just friends greet each other with a quick kiss on the lips — like lovers do, but with one critical difference: no tongue.

In Vietnam, public displays of affection are considered impolite, and even married couples will sometimes canoodle only when they’re at home. In Indonesia, you can be heavily fined or imprisoned for kissing in public. And in April 2007, American actor Richard Gere was nearly thrown in jail for publicly hugging and kissing a famous Bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty, on the cheek at an AIDS Awareness event in New Delhi, India.


In some cultures, people don’t actually use their lips to kiss. The Inuit (who inhabit regions of Alaska, Siberia, Greenland, and Canada) rub or touch noses and inhale each other’s breath (hello mouthwash!). This kind of "Eskimo" kiss is also popular in certain Pacific Island cultures, like the Maori of New Zealand, where it’s just another way to say, "Hi, how’s it going?" And in the Himalayas, many don’t kiss on the mouth at all because they think it is dirty, what with the saliva germ-swapping factor.


But it’s not just geography that impacts the culture of kissing — the passage of time does, too. Ever shared a kiss under the mistletoe during the holidays? If you had done so several hundreds of years ago, it’d mean that you were promising to get hitched (what would your parents say?)! And in ancient China, sources tell us that people kissed only in the bedroom but not in public, where it was considered vile to do so. Today, Chinese teens have moved in the opposite direction, participating in smooching contests all over China.

Why is it important to know how people around the world use their lips? Because if you find yourself in a far-flung place and longing for a smooch, it’s good to know when to lay one on a local cutie and when to keep your lips sealed. At least in public.

Lip Lynching

20 Musical Shout-Outs to Kissing

1. "The Kiss"— The Cure

2. "Kiss Me"— Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy (or Robbie Williams)

3. "Always Late With Your Kisses"— Lefty Frizzell (or Dwight Yoakam or Willie Nelson)

4. "Kiss Me Deadly"— Generation X

5. "Bachelor Kisses"— The Go-Betweens

6. "Steal My Kisses"— Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

7. "Kiss & Tell"— Justin Bieber

8. "Kissing Song"— Dawn Landes

9. "Lips Like Sugar"— Echo & the Bunnymen

10. "Kissing a Fool"— George Michael (or Michael Bublé)

11. "Un Beso Llega"— Juana Molina

12. "K-I-S-S-I-NG"— Nas

13. "Kissing in the Grass"— Of Montreal

14. "Kiss"— Prince

15. "Kisses Don’t Lie"— Rihanna

16. "Wishes for Kisses"— The Rosebuds

17. "Kiss the Girl"— Shley

18. "Kissing the Lipless"— The Shins

19. "Sweet Kisses"— Jessica Simpson

20. "Kiss Me"— Sixpence None the Richer


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Meet the Author

Erin Elisabeth Conley is a freelance writer and editor who splits her time between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Los Angeles, California. She is also the author of Zest Books’ Crush: A Girl’s Guide
to Being Crazy in Love
, Dumped: A Girl’s Guide to Happiness After Heartbreak, Uncool: A Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In, and Crap: How to Deal with Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabbers, and Other Stuff That Stinks.

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