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Kiss It
ISBN: 9781416997009
Author: Downing, Erin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: June 2010
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: Chastity (Chaz) Bryan wants nothing more than to get some sexual experience before she graduates from high school and moves away, but when she meets an intriguing boy over Christmas break, her tough-girl facade slowly breaks down.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-realization; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Sex; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009036507
Lexile Measure: 850
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" L x 0.75" W
Bargain Category: Middle School
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 July)

Gr 9 Up—Eighteen-year-old Chastity Bryan had sex with wishy-washy nice guy Hunter Johnson (it was over before it started), and now he's in love with her. She's on a mission to have more, better sex, and love has nothing to do with it. Meanwhile, she finds out her parents have kept her dad's prostate cancer secret from her. Then her friend Sadie gets pregnant. When impossibly hot Sebastian comes to town over Christmas break to visit his dad, he and Chaz connect instantly. He doesn't want to take their relationship any further, but won't say why. While Chaz's preoccupation with the act of sex is refreshing in a female protagonist, Downing's eventual object lesson—sex is meaningless without love—is woefully heavy-handed. Sadie's pregnancy is a cheap way to show Chaz's caring side, and her miscarriage is so convenient that it calls the authenticity of the entire narrative into question. Chastity is a likable protagonist, and her tongue-in-cheek observations are funny and smart. Her running commentary on the absurdity of small-town life sets a playful mood, though her deeper thoughts are more tell than show. Sebastian is sufficiently sweet and clever, and sentimental Sadie is Chastity's perfect foil. Too many subplots slow the pace of an otherwise engaging story.—Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library

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