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How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

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How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

In Tara Eglington's debut novel HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU, we meet 16 year old matchmaker Aurora Skye. She's smart, pretty and never been kissed. As the founder of the Find a prince program she's saving herself for a worthy guy, to be more specific, "a prince:
  • has Principles. He stands up for what he knows to be right instead of going along with crowd. 
  • Recognizes your worth. He understands how special you are and treats you with respect and kindness.
  • possesses Integrity. He's genuine with his feelings and won't mislead you for underhanded or selfish purposes.   
  • Never doubts that you're the only one for him.
  • is Constant. He stands by you through the sunshine and the shadows.
  • possesses Endurance. He's willing to overcome considerable obstacles to win your affection."
She's willing to do whatever it takes to keep her lips virgin, which more often than not gets her into some embarrassing, awkward and humorous situations. Situations which her pain-in-the-neck neighbor Hayden Paris never fails to see. In an effort to help a hurting friend and please her estranged mother, she encourages her friends to join her in signing up for the school's production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". It all goes down hill however, when Aurora learns that she's to play opposite Hayden as Beatrice and Benedick. If that wasn't enough, Aurora also struggles to deal with her absent parents and a teacher who's out to get her. All the while seeking the identity of her secret admirer.
 
"All in all I found HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU to be an enjoyable contemporary romance that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys light and fluffy contemporaries and/or sweet, clean, slow burning romances."
 
I was really excited to read HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU and I'm so happy it didn't disappoint! I thought Tara Eglington's writing style and pacing was solid. I appreciated that the author had her main character have standards about how boys should treat girls. Aurora stood her ground on that point and never buckled, which is not something you find often in fiction. I found it refreshing that she made her female characters smart, pretty and popular because SO many times authors make the popular girls jerks, the attractive girls dumb and the intelligent girls plain or downright ugly, which I find to be stereotypical, offensive and overdone.
 
As for the characters, I thoroughly DETESTED Ms. Deforest. The NAD (which stands for New Age Dad) was fine when he wasn't with his girlfriend. I liked Aurora's friend group. Despite the fact that they could at times be superficial (Jelena in particular) they almost always had each others backs and supported one another even when they disagreed. The rest of the supporting characters (even the ones I didn't care for) worked well and added to the story. I really liked Hayden Paris. He is the definition of Prince Charming. I really liked Aurora and felt that I could relate to her even though I found her to be irritating at times. Her behavior toward Hayden was completely uncalled for. I really wish Tara Eglington had made their dialogue more equal. Aurora had some great burns, but it didn't match Hayden's playful teasing and flirting. Although I gotta give Ms. Eglington props for writing such good insults. A lot of other authors try to, but it comes out weak and cheesy. Another thing I wish the author would have done was make Hayden and Aurora's scenes together longer. Some readers may find this book to be a bit cliche and predictable, which could possibly be a turn off. That being said, I didn't find it to be a problem whatsoever!     
 
The ending of this book was AWESOME! It was so sweet and romantic. Totally worth the aggravating parts. That ending alone amped the book even further for me. Tara Eglington also included a lot of pop culture references such as: Armani, Tiffany and Co, Harlequin books, Bette Midler, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Hepburn, Des'ree and Meryl Streep. And even with the novels Humorous and lighthearted nature it still deals with hard topics such as child abandonment and neglect; both of which I thought were handled in a very realistic way. 
 
All in all I found HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU to be an enjoyable contemporary romance that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys light and fluffy contemporaries and/or sweet, clean, slow burning romances. If you do plan on reading this book I'd recommend acquiring a working knowledge of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", as it is such a big part of the novel. 

Reviewed by Rachel A., Teen Board Member on December 14, 2016

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You
by Tara Eglington

  • Publication Date: October 25, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250049539
  • ISBN-13: 9781250049537