Once Upon a Kiss

Once Upon a Kiss

by Robin Palmer


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"This smart romance has an ending that delivers and an upbeat narrator that will appeal to fans of Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries."*

It's 1986 and sixteen-year-old Zoe Brenner's world revolves around Depeche Mode, Judd Nelson, exercise-obsessed parents, and her best friend Jonah. Then one day, in a freak Fun-Dip choking accident, Zoe falls unconscious, and awakes in the year 2016. So much has changed, and Zoe needs Jonah to help her make sense of it all. But in this life, Zoe is the most popular girl in school, and she soon realizes this Zoe doesn't associate with nerds like Jonah. As Zoe juggles new technology, attempts to hide her enthusiasm for poet blouses, and manages to keep her super jock boyfriend at bay, she tries to rekindle her friendship with Jonah and use her popularity for a good cause. Will she ever get back to 1986? And more importantly, does she want to?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147509888
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,086,653
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

After growing up in Massachusetts and New Jersey, Robin Palmer graduated from Boston University in 1990 and moved to Hollywood where she worked in television for ten years before regaining her sanity and quitting her job to write. In addition to her modern retellings of fairy tales (the second of which--Geek Charming--was made into a movie for Disney Channel) she is also the author of the middle grade series Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker as well as various screenplays, television pilots, and misplaced To Do lists. After four years in New York City, she regained her sanity again and now  lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Visit Robin at www.robinpalmeronline.com and follow her on Twitter @robinpalmer

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Once Upon a Kiss 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Beth_Rodgers_Author More than 1 year ago
'Once Upon a Kiss' by Robin Palmer was a delightfully smart and witty read. It captured the angst of adolescence mixed with the doubts, intensity, and courage that make the characters in YA novels so fun and easy to read about. Zoe is not quite unpopular, but she resides on the outskirts of the hierarchy that makes up her high school. Her best friend, Jonah, is right there with her. She knows everything about him, as he does about her, and even though they seem a perfect match, their friendship overrides any romantic feelings that Zoe is sure will never develop. Andrea, the typical mean girl character, is always around to make Zoe's life more annoying, while her boyfriend, Brad, is nice, but falls under Andrea's spell quite easily. The variety of other characters that we meet when Zoe is a teenager in 1986 all come back into play when she is somehow transported to the year 2016. Thinking it all occurred as the result of a horrible incident at her favorite store, she doesn't know how to cope with all the newfound technology, music, and relationship developments that are populating her new life. Not only is she now the most popular girl in school, but she is downright mean and vindictive, much like Andrea was back in 1986. Except now Andrea is Zoe's sidekick. Robin Palmer has taken it upon herself to make 'Once Upon a Kiss' readers question what they would do if given the chance to be someone they're not, but in a way that allowed changes to be made that would benefit the masses. Zoe's supposedly selfish and hateful personality in 2016 is turned on its head when the “new” (or “old,” if you think about it, since she came from 1986) Zoe arrives, ready to start fresh and turn over a new leaf in terms of who she is and what she wants out of life. The skepticism of her fellow classmates and family members, as well as best friend Jonah, who is nowhere even close to being remotely interested in even knowing who she is when she arrives in 2016, is extremely realistic. People are always wary of change, especially when it comes from unlikely sources. Yet, the point of much of the novel was about bringing people together and showcasing people's personalities and cultures beyond judgments people make without really knowing someone. Truly thought-provoking and definitely a page-turner, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever sought a new perspective or wondered what would happen if given the chance to start again. It is truly amazing how enlightening life can be when you allow yourself to see the world through different lenses. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Imagine waking up one morning in your room, in your bed, but it isn't your room...or your bed. Everything about it is similar, but not. Oh and there are all these strange new contraptions that you have no idea how to use. I am going to assume that you would be more than just a little weirded out. Well, this is what happens to Zoe in Once Upon a Kiss. One day shes rockin out in the 80's with her best friend Jonah, then the next day she finds herself in the year 2016. A world with iphones and computers. A world where she is the queen bee at her school. A world where her best friend, Jonah, won't talk to her. This is a fun filled, very fluffy story. Perfect if you want to read something quick, but still enjoyable. There really isn't much to the story line. It is the same "how did I wake up in this time period" story that you are used to. There isn't much depth to the characters, but they are still fun. Really, this book is probably perfect for those who love watching the Disney channel and all of their Disney channel original movies (guilty as charged!). So a preteen and a younger teen would really enjoy this story. For those who are like me, in their 30s, that were alive at least for part of the 80s, it is also a HUGE flash back. There were also a few references for those who grew up during the 90s too! Not everything super popular back then was mentioned, but wow, a lot was. Probably the most common references were for movies, music, and fashion. However, other things were mentioned. Even if something wasn't mentioned that I remembered really enjoying back then, I still found myself thinking about them. This book made me remember a lot things. I personally think that having all these references just make it more fun for us "older kids" that like to read YA books. Hopefully it inspires some of the younger readers to look into pop culture and learn about things that were popular before their time. All in all, I really enjoyed this Once Upon a Kiss. Light and fluffy. Nothing to be taken too serious. It was a very quick read. My Rating 3.5 stars This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/