Review: The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ ★ – Kept me interested all through and I liked it.

“The Kissing Booth” was originally published on the writing website wattpad, and because of the massive popularity on there, Random House picked it up.

Elle has never been on a date—in fact, she hasn’t even had her first kiss yet. When she decides to run a kissing booth in the school’s spring Carnival, her life turns upside down when her lips meets Noah Flynn’s—her best friend’s brother.

I’ve been reading the different reviews, and while I can see the point in many of them, I also have to be honest here: I liked the book.

➤ It wasn’t because the story was realistic. It isn’t.

➤ Nor was it because I found Noah Flynn to be dream guy material. He really wasn’t

➤ It certainly wasn’t because Elle made logical choices. Yeah.. You guessed it: she didn’t.

➤ It wasn’t even because the plot was super original.You already know what goes here.

BUT….

I liked this story because…

➤ Despite all the signs telling me that Noah is a bad boy, that his behavior isn’t sweet, that he’s kinda possessive and sort of a douche, then… it made sense to me. As superficial as it is: Noah was hot, and the whole fantasy of being the one to turn the bad boy around? It’s been around for long.

➤ Even though the story doesn’t portray the world in a realistic way, it does portray hormone induced feelings pretty well. When you’re older and more mature, you know that it isn’t even remotely sweet when a guy’s possessiveness goes overboard. But in a brain filled with hormones? It can seem sweet, even a bit flattering.

➤ It is an entertaining read. The plot isn’t anything new, and to be honest, this reminded me mostly of all those endless american chick-flicks I’ve watched—movies that I also found vastly entertaining.

In short:

This is not the best Young Adult Contemporary romance out there. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s the book equivalent of a teen rom-com movie, and sometimes that’s just what you need.

The writing isn’t bad. While I’m sure Beth Reekles will grow in her craft, I’m glad that it isn’t the worst out there. And I am excited to read the two other books from this author that I own—and even more excited to see what she does in the future.

Recommended for:

The book isn’t graphic, but it does touch on the subject of sex. I’d recommend it for people who really likes teen flicks like “She’s all That”, “She’s the man” etc.

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