The Kissing Booth

The Kissing Booth

by Beth Reekles

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ISBN-13: 9780385378673
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 6,828
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Beth Reekles penned her novel The Kissing Booth when she was fifteen and began uploading it to story-sharing platform Wattpad, where it accumulated over 19 million reads. She was signed by Random House UK at the age of seventeen, and offered a three-book deal whilst studying for her A Levels. Beth is now a Physics graduate from Exeter University and working in IT, and has had three books published with Random House: The Kissing Booth (which was made into a Netflix film in 2017), Rolling Dice, and Out of Tune.

Beth is still writing and regularly blogs about writing advice and being a twenty-something. She has been shortlisted for the Women of the Future Young Star Award 2013, the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2014, and the Queen of Teen Awards 2014. She was named one of Time magazine’s 16 Most Influential Teenagers 2013, and in August 2014 she was listed in The Times at No.6 on their 'Top 20 under 25' list.

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Excerpt copyright © 2012 by Beth Reeks. Published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved.
We were working on the banner for the kissing booth. The letters were cut out and Lee had smoothed the edges; we just needed to paint them and then nail them onto the booth itself. We had some decorations back at my house, and the posters were ready too. We also had a couple of boards with the price on.

‘Everybody’s been asking me all week what happened with you and Cody,’ Lee said to me. It was after school on Wednesday afternoon. We needed to hurry our asses up to get everything ready to set the booth up on Friday night.

‘You haven’t said anything too incriminating?’

‘I haven’t told them the truth, no,’ he laughed, dunking his brush into the pink paint again. ‘I don’t know why you said you were sick though.’

‘It was believable,’ I defended myself. ‘First thing I thought of.’

‘Yeah, I guess. But loads of the guys reckon it’s Noah scaring him off.’

‘He did look pretty threatening when I was waiting for Cody,’ I admitted, printing with my lipstick sponge onto one of the already dry letters.

Lee shrugged. It was a little while before he broke the silence again. ‘Shelly . . .’


‘Does he ever scare you? I mean . . . I know he’s not quite the Incredible Hulk or anything, but he can lose his temper kinda quickly.’

‘That’s just the way he is. I grew up with him around. He couldn’t scare me – I know that he’s . . . intimidating . . .’

‘I guess,’ Lee said, nodding. Suddenly he dropped his paintbrush into the pot, splattering me with pastel-pink paint – my face, my blouse, my tie, my hair . . .

Lee!’ I screamed.


I grabbed a brush and dunked it into the pot of black, totally prepared to flick it over Lee. But something cold and wet landed on my face and neck as he flicked me again, making me jump so much that I dropped my paintbrush, leaving a trail down my front.

Lee spluttered before collapsing into laughter. I scowled at him, waiting for him to stop.

‘It’s not funny, Lee!’

‘Yes it is! You sh-sh-should’ve s-seen your . . . your face!’ He was holding his side now. I glared and grabbed my bag. ‘W-where you going?’

‘The locker rooms to wash this crap off of my face,’ I snapped. ‘And stop laughing!’
‘I can’t help it!’ he gasped, bent double. ‘Your face!’

I stormed out, slamming the door behind me. I thought I had a spare blouse in my locker. We’d be going for a burger later and I did not want to go out looking like a Picasso.

I always thought the locker rooms at school were really weird: a big communal corridor, with notices and stuff pinned up, which led to the ‘fitness suite’, with its treadmills and weights, and the fields outside. The girls’ were on the far left, the boys’ on the right.

Just as I came into the corridor, the whole football team poured through the door. I’d already yanked off my tie and undone another button; I hadn’t stopped to think I might not be alone.
The boys all slowed down seeing me, and I stopped in my tracks.

And then the laughter broke out, all of them finding me hilarious, apparently.

‘What happened?’ Jason asked, biting his lip hard to try and keep from laughing.

‘We were painting the banner for our booth,’ I said.

‘Lee had a bucket of paint. Do I need to say anything more?’

He shook his head. Most of the boys started trailing into the locker rooms, still laughing and looking at me. I caught a couple of them shamelessly checking out my semi-unbuttoned shirt and put an arm across my chest.

‘Aw, come on,’ I said, doing a twirl and giving them a big grin – I’d rather make a joke out of it than be embarrassed. ‘Do I look that bad?’

‘Well, I’d pay to see you in the art gallery,’ said one of the boys, laughing. I rolled my eyes at him and drifted down the corridor toward the girls’ changing rooms, calling a goodbye over my shoulder.

A hand caught my arm, making me stumble backward, and then steadied me before I fell.
I turned to see who it was. Then the smile on my face dropped. ‘Oh.’

‘What’re you doing?’ hissed Noah. ‘You don’t walk around half dressed, Elle.’

‘I’ll walk around however the hell I want, thanks,’ I snapped back, jerking my arm away. ‘It’s no big deal. It’s not like I’m prancing around in my underwear, for Pete’s sake.’

‘Yeah but still . . .’ His eyes trailed down me, then he gave me a stern look.

‘Leave me alone already!’ I exclaimed, glaring at him. ‘Honestly, it’s bad enough you’re being so overprotective, but you don’t have to be so . . . extreme!’

‘So what happened with you and Cody? I know for a fact the whole “being sick” thing was a lie.’
I gaped. Was he blackmailing me? ‘You didn’t tell anybody, did you?’

He smirked, giving me a patronizing look. ‘I don’t gossip. And no, I didn’t tell them. Because I figured you had a good reason. So what went down?’

I shrugged. ‘Nothing.’

‘Something clearly happened–I know you well enough to spot when you’re lying. So what’s the truth?’

I bit the inside of my cheek, debating whether to tell Noah or just ask him to keep his nose out of it. But I thought maybe if I didn’t tell him, he’d jump to the stupid conclusion that Cody had overstepped the line.

While I was debating this, I couldn’t help but notice just how hot Noah looked in his football gear, with the shoulder pads and his helmet tucked under his arm. His hair was a little damp with sweat and he just looked . . . wow.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this as it was posted on wattpad. So glad it has made it so far. Its a GREAT read and a great story!!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Cute romance.  The Kissing Booth is a sweet story that would probably appeal more to teens.  Elle runs a kissing booth and gets her first kiss from Noah, her long-time crush, who is not only older, but also her best friend's older brother.  The book is written by a 17-year old, which shows, thus the appeal to younger readers.  Also, it is very obvious that she is British by the dialogue and terminology used.  The story is fun, but also predictable.  You have the hot guy, the girl, first love, first kisses, your typical high school romance, which also touches on issues such as drinking and sex.  The kissing booth concept was cute.  The ending was different than I expected, and I think some people will probably like it, while others won't.  I am definitely impressed that this author was published by a major publisher at 17, and I am interested to see what the future holds for her.  Overall, this YA romance is sweet and is something that will appeal to younger teen readers.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on wattpad and loved it! So glad it was published!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book on Wattpad, now I like that it is on Nook! Great job, Beth Reekles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book . Hoping there will be a second one . This book deserves a follow up so we know what happens between noah and elle !!!
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
A teenage romance realistic and tender. I was looking for a light romantic reading that will not give me headaches. I was tired of georgous, awesome, billionaires (Please? Is it possible to meet real people in a love story?) and sex with spankings  in every room... I wanted something fresh and innocent. While starting my reading, I admit I had preconceived ideas based on the synopsis. I was expected some clichés about first love, with a plot turning around a bad boy big brother who will become a tame prince charming. Nothing original. But, its suited me well. I was in this state of mind, when opening this book. Except, that I found myself hooked by the characters. I was very surprised with the result and enjoy myself immensely. I was even conquered by the end that is more mature than many romance for teenagers. Frankly, a great discovery. Firstly, because the friendship between Lee and Rochelle is well described. I like to think that friendship between a girl and a boy is possible, without a second thought. And the relationship between the two heroes is beautifully described and depicted by the author. Both in the bickerings or in the laughters. It was sweet! It makes me miss my childhood friend. I also enjoyed the romance with Noah, though too passionate and too volatile to be lasting over time.  Rochelle's lies issues and her difficulty to face reality amused me because it is typically a normal teenager's reaction. You have to make mistakes to grow! And the author pictured it very adequately But we see the characters evolve, especially Noah. They make efforts to improve and be stronger because of love. So through their tentatives, the romantic in me that has been affected! As for the high school atmosphere, its was a little too soft. Everyone seems to be nice and not messing around too much. I found it too smooth for my taste.  Not that youth is necessarily wanton, but high schoolers tend to be immature. Some of them test life boundaries beyond the normal limits, as if they had too much to prove. So they always are in the extreme.  Extreme emotions, extreme behaviour, extreme need to grow up fast even if they don't have all the cards in their hands. So, that part of it seemed too sweet but enough to match the atmosphere of the novel. Finally, I liked the maturity of the two lovers and the painful choices they make about their future. Of course, we all want to get a fairy tale, but a first love is designed to give you wings not lock yourself. A great surprise for a novel whose cover and synopsis does not reveal the full potential at its fair value. A teenage romance realistic and tender. Lucie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this on Wattpad and I was so happy when I found out it was available as an ebook. I definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story love reekles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much!! My friend read it as well and she loved it to. Loved the way it was wrote and what happened. The characters were amazing as well!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why did everyone rate this 5 stars? at least on the nook is was terrible grammar. I didn't like how controlling that guy was, too. no guy in real life would ever be that annoying. And no boy, even if he was best friends with her, would be so calm if he saw a girl basically naked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished it was a really good read and I googled if there would be sequel and she said no this book deseves one though maybe we should just wait and shell change her mind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it, Also love Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful To Die def recommend great read
Anonymous 24 days ago
I loved it so much. The book is way different from the movie.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Cutest thing ever!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Yes yes yes
Anonymous 11 months ago
Truly made my heart melt. An exceptional story based on young love by teens who were figuring out what their relationship meant. Honestly one of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute romantic book with lots of teen related issues and so we'll written.its a cute book I recommend this book to teen to adults .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it just wished it would keep going want to know if they end up still together?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great! I read it in a day so that’s must tell you a lot ... couldn’t put it down! Great job
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the movie and now the movie as well!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute and easy read.
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This was such a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It keeps you wanting to read more as you go along but it doesn’t give too much to grasp because the author is waiting for the right moments to shoot something incredible at you. I really wish she made a continued book off of this one I really like the movie but the book was better