by Rachael Allen
To be published on June 17, 2014
by Harper Teen
Source: Thanks to Harper for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.
Synopsis from Goodreads: No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment. Until Claire meets Luke. But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible. With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.
My take: I went into this expecting something sweet and romantic, and, although I got a story with a much harder edge, I liked that. There's a fair amount going on here: Claire's desire to get out of her small town, her friendship with Megan, her love of soccer, her worry about her mom, and her seeming belief in the whole "you have to kiss a lot of frogs" etc. etc.
The whole thing with Claire describing all of her kisses with so many different guys was my least favorite part of the book. Not because I had a problem with all her kissing, but because most of the time I always felt impatient to get the flashbacks over and get back to the present.
What did I like? I loved that Claire was an athlete. I thought that Claire and Megan's complicated friendship -- part love, part rivalry -- was realistic and interesting. As I saw the triangle-y part of the story developing, I thought I'd hate it, but I didn't. In fact, it was one of the best parts of the story. And I loved the ending, even though it was not exactly what I was expecting.