Kissing in America by Margo Rabb | Book Review #37


In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels–118 of them, to be exact–to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only shot at real love–Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.’

I dont know whether or not to say if Kissing in America is a road trip book or not. There are equal parts of not-road-tripping and road-tripping. 

Kissing in America is nicely written. Everything is well placed. The story itself is slow. Really slow until the last hundred pages or so. Some of the things I like about the book is that Eva; the main character, loves reading. I, myself, haven’t read many books where the main character loves reading. Another thing this book focuses on is love. All types of love. The love between a parent and child. The love between friends. Romantic love.

Although Eva loved reading, she really annoyed me during the first three quarters or so of the book. Yeah, I understand her situation, but she just (and the author) focused so much time on Will. Eva’s a good kid. Im glad and happy for her by the time the end of the book rolled around.

I feel like the world is really underdeveloped. Like, her world around her is huge. I mean, she’s from New York. And maybe this book was just about the little things in life, and how everything ends up. I have no idea. Some of the characters are great though. Kissing In America is an easy read, I read it quickly. I’m really glad I got it out from the library.

Here is Kissing in America on GoodReads, if you’d like to check it out a little more.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

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