ARC Review: 26 Kisses by Anna Michels

Title: 26 Kisses
Author: Anna Michels
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: Kindle, 304
My Rating: 4 Stars
Kasie West meets Morgan Matson in this hilarious and heartwarming debut about a girl’s summer mission to get over her ex-boyfriend by kissing her way through the alphabet.

Getting dumped by her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the break-up doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

  I was given an ARC by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

I know most people would most likely frown upon the main character for everything that she did in this novel and for wanting to go through the 26 kisses despite everything, but I think I understand why she had to do it. I wouldn't do anything like that myself nor advise it to any of my friends, but I get why she thought she had to do it.

26 Kisses, in my opinion, is the perfect summer beach read! It's a light and quick contemporary read with lots of drama for us to enjoy and/or frown upon. It's all about being a teen and doing stupid things that, yes, we might regret later on, but will also ultimately contribute to the shaping of our characters. Nobody ever said teens were smart, right?

I really enjoyed reading this book, which kind of makes me miss being in high school, actually. I loved that I was able to devour this one in one sitting, and it kept me entertained for a while. Although there are a lot of things that people will frown upon, I think it's good that the main character did what she did in order to find herself; in order to learn what it truly means to love, be a good friend, and live a good life.

I also really connected to the main character. I felt like I was right there with her in every step of her journey. I also love how Veda is really close to her mom, and would really talk to her about all the things that are happening in her life. Veda's friends are pretty great too, in their own ways.

I am sure that this is not the type of book for everyone, but I sure enjoyed it! I definitely read it at the right time! Oh, and one more thing - happy book birthday to 26 Kisses!

4 light-and-cute stars

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