Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen - ADVISBALE

Van Draanen, Wendelin Confessions of a Serial Kisser, pgs. 294 Random House-Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~G;


Evangeline Logan,16, is your average “A” student at Lakemont High. After stumbling on her mother’s hidden stash of trashy romance novels she comes across one that speaks of a ‘crimson kiss.’ Then at breakfast, she stumbles upon her mother’s self-help book that promises to make your fantasies real by following these steps “1.Speak your fantasy 2. See your fantasy 3. Live your fantasy.” Evangeline decides to make her fantasy of receiving her own crimson kiss come true. Thus begins her career as a serial kisser. Evangeline starts out by planning her kissing rendezvous, but eventually resorts to just taking what she wants without thinking of the consequences. These consequences get Evangeline in to hot water with the school, her grades, and her best friend.

Van Draanen has given readers a fun, quirky, and at times serious novel about a girl on the edge of adulthood who is trying to find out who she is and what her life should be.

Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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