Hi everyone, welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday. Today I am reviewing the YA contemporary ‘How To Convince A Boy To Kiss You’ by Australian author Tara Eglington.
This is the sequel to ‘How To Keep A Boy From Kissing You’ so if you haven’t read that one yet (and you really should, it’s brilliant) you might want to stop reading this review as it may contain spoilers for the first book.
It is the 7th book I have read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014.
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia.
Publication Date:November 25th 2013.
Source: Won from Goodreads.
Synopsis From Goodreads:
The course of true love never did run smooth. For a girl who shares her name with a princess (a.k.a Aurora from Sleeping Beauty) Aurora Skye’s life seem fathoms away from a fairytale. Sure, she’s landed Hayden Paris, Potential Prince extraordinaire. And she got her wish — one first kiss with all the knee-trembling, butterfly-inducing gloriousness she’d hoped for.
But Aurora’s learning that a kiss is just the beginning of a story.
Instead of being the truly transcendent, utterly epic follow up it should be, her second attempt at kissing has literally landed Hayden Paris in the emergency room. If that’s not mortifying enough, the whole school is now referring to her as ‘Lethal Lips’.
Meanwhile it’s all systems go for her best friend Cassie – she and Potential Prince Scott are totally loved up and can’t stop kissing. Jelena (Jefferson High’s answer to Helen of Troy) has moved on from the heinous betrayal by Bad Boy Alex West and has unleashed her plan to rule the world by running for School Captain. Problem is Alex is running too and Jelena’s pulling out all the stops to prevent him from stealing her rightful place as ruler of Jefferson High – including offering Aurora’s Find a Prince/Princess Program as one of her campaign initiatives.
How is Aurora going to prove her program is foolproof and help Jelena win the election when her matchmaking manoeuvres seem to be throwing all the wrong people together – including the NAD and the hippy-dippy Ms Deforest — and she can’t even convince Hayden to kiss her?
5 out of 5 stars.
Tara Eglington has done it again! How To Convince A Boy To Kiss You was just as funny as the first, just as romantic and just as squeal inducing. I love to read a good romantic comedy and this was a great one.
One of my favourite YA couples are back – Aurora found her Prince with the boy next door Hayden (What I wouldn’t have given to have a boy like Hayden living next to me when I was a teen!) and got her amazing first kiss in How To Keep A Boy From Kissing You. Now it’s time for the second kiss. Expectations are high, nerves are in over drive. But of course things never run smoothly for Aurora. The second kiss is a total disaster, which leaves Aurora wondering if Hayden will ever want to kiss her again.
Not only does she have her own love life to worry about, she also has to worry about three others. Her friend Jelena has launched Aurora’s How To Find A Prince/Princess program as part of her election for school captain. Aurora has to find the perfect Prince/Princes for three of the most challenging students in her year. Combine that with a mother who has a life altering announcement and a father who is rekindling an old relationship and Aurora feels like her life is spinning out of control. Just maybe she won’t be getting her happy ending after all?
How To Convince A Boy To Kiss You hooked me from the start, reeling me in and keeping me captive until the end. All the characters were full of personality, it was like I was hanging out with a group of my friends they felt that real. I’m glad to report that Hayden was just as swoon worthy as in the first book, delivering perfectly romantic lines to get any girl’s heart fluttering.
This one will make you laugh, it will make you squeal, it will make you go all gooey on the inside. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read more from Tara. If you love romantic, light-hearted contemporary YA novels then I can’t recommend this one enough.
You can add it to your Goodreads here.