Kissing Kate

Title: Kissing Kate
Author: Lauren Myracle
Pub Date: 2003
Pages: 198
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT

I almost didn't want to write a review about this book because I didn't really enjoy it. Still, I'm trying to keep up with all of the books that I've read this year (I think that I've only missed a couple of reviews) so here it goes.

I. Didn't. Like. It.

Kissing Kate is the story of two best friends, Kate and Lissa. One night at a party, a very tipsy Kate approaches Lissa and kisses her. (In fact there's quite a bit of kissing going on and minor touching). When Kate's boyfriend and a couple of guys approach she pushes Lissa away and acts like nothing happened.

And she continues to act like nothing happened at school the next day.

This pretense carries over for weeks. The Kate and Lissa twosome now no longer talks because of this white elephant in the room. During this time Lissa realizes her attraction and love for Kate. She believes that Kate feels the same way but refuses to acknowledge it.

So why didn't I like it? By no means was it because of the plot. Nope. I think the plot is quite believable and realistic for high school experiences. I didn't like it because I couldn't care about the characters. They weren't three dimensional, they weren't people I would picture in high school. I wanted to do a character intervention, shake them up a bit, and tell them "you have a good story here, do something with it."


  1. Sorry you didn't like this one. I felt like they were quite two dimensional at the beginning, but toward the second half, they grew into something better. It wasn't my favorite book, but I didn't hate it, either.

  2. Sorry to hear it! The only thing I've read by Myracle was her novella in Let it Snow, but I did enjoy that.

  3. I write reviews for all the books I read too, even if I don't feel like it!

  4. I'm sorry you didn't like this, but I DO like your review. I love the idea of a 'character intervention.'


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