Kiss Crush Collide

I won’t be fooled of a good cover and blurb ever again!

That’s what sinks in to my head after reading Kiss Crush Collide. My, this is a waste of time and effort. I shouldn’t have disregarded its rating and not-so good reviews in GR. Ugh. I was looking forward for this since I have been waiting for its release since September! And I’m so f***ing disappointed.

Type Her Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

Kindle Edition, Greenwillow Books, 320 pages
YA Contemporary

Read on January 25, 2012

Kiss
What Leah did—only she really shouldn’t have—one hot night at a country club party.

Crush
What Leah has—only she really shouldn’t have—on the guy with the green eyes, the guy who is not her perfect boyfriend, the guy who does not fit in her picture-perfect life, the guy her sisters will only mock and her mother will never approve of. Not in a million years.

Collide
What happens when everything you always thought you wanted—having cool friends, being class valedictorian and homecoming queen—runs smack into everything it turns out you really do want.

Kiss. Crush. Collide.
For Leah and Porter, summer is only the beginning.

Nice cover & Blurb right? But everything nice about this novel ends there.

Johnson family is too perfect. They’re too good to be true. Three talented, pretty, smart and overachiever daughters all in one upper middle class family? Yeah, right. I know a family with overachiever kids. All of them are valedictorian. Their parents are well-known intelligent professors so having kids with above average IQ level is expected. But they’re not perfect. I won’t say they’re ugly kids, let’s just say they have average physical appearance. I’m not saying beauty and brains can’t be mixed. It could be. We have a lot of beauty queens that aren’t just a pretty face. They’re talented and overachievers too. But they don’t come from the same family. What I’m trying to point is, one family can’t have it all.

Leah is an unrelatable heroine plagued with sibling rivalry, envy and self-pity. She’s the youngest from three sisters so she feels her future was already planned out and was patterned after her two sisters. I can’t understand her. Youngest kid feeling left out? Unheard of. They’re usually the favorites. I would have believed it if she’s the second daughter in the family.

Porter’s character is like a mushroom. He pops up everywhere. I understand Meredith tried to make Porter’s character mysterious. But it didn’t work. Instead of being intrigued, I was confused to the nth level.

I didn’t enjoy reading this. The conflict was presented past half of the novel and Leah’s issues with her mom, sisters and herself were never resolved. There’s no dénouement. After reading this, I’m left with three words—WTF.

My first 1 Kiss Mark rating this year. I’m sure I’ll think thrice before reading a Christina Meredith novel again.

No-No: It’s not worthy of my time.

Lesson Learned:
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Literally.

Challenges: 
Off The Shelf     
Book # 2 of Off The Shelf     Book # 10 of 2012

Other Reviews:
Should be Reading
Dreaming In Books
A Life Bound by Books

Blurb & Photo Credit: Goodreads

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