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Kiss & Blog

Winter and Sloane have been best friends for eight years. Even
after Sloane’s mother marries a wealthy man and moves them to
a much bigger house, the girls vow to remain friends.


Winter is tired of being ignored. The entire summer wages earned at
her mother’s organic hippie café are spent on products
and clothes to turn her sophomore year into the year of popularity.
Sloane has been practicing with her, and both are ready for an
unforgettable year.


When school starts, the girls bring out new hair colors, hairstyles
and outfits, though Sloane’s are designer while
Winter’s are carefully chosen knock-offs. Soon they’re
going to cheerleading tryouts and attempting to fit in. The problem
is that Sloane fits in while Winter doesn’t. Soon, Sloane
seems embarrassed by Winter and begins making her feel fat and
unwanted.


When Sloane steals Winter’s cheer idea and makes it to the
squad, Winter flees to New York City to stay with her dad for a few
days. There she gets dark and funky clothes that say much more
about her and enjoys meeting a hot guy from a performing arts
school. She’s ready to return to the phoniness and cliques of
her own Laguna Beach high school with a few new experiences under
her belt.


New guy Rey is weird but fun. At least he sits with her at
lunchtime, when Winter watches Sloane with her new A-list friends
and boyfriend. Rey has his own music and brings his guitar
everywhere. His website gives Winter the idea to start an anonymous
blog about Princess Pink (Sloane), where she tells all the secrets
she can think of about Sloane from their eight years of friendship.
It’s the perfect revenge.  How long will Sloane stay
popular if people know she made out with her cousin, for
example?


When the blog gains momentum, Winter continues to spy on Sloane and
writes about her backstabbing A-list friends and her new slutty
reputation. In between she hangs out with Rey and his band, and
finds herself falling for him even while he dates a girl from
another high school.


Will Winter’s obsession with Sloane keep her from moving
forward with her own life and love? Will Sloane find out what she
has done? Revenge stops feeling sweet when Winter realizes that
Sloane’s desertion will not keep her from being happy.


KISS & BLOG is funny and full of surprises, and readers
will sympathize with Winter while hoping she comes to her senses.
Alyson Noel demonstrates an understanding of queen bees and the
meaning of friendship.


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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Kiss & Blog
by Alyson Noël

  • Publication Date: May 15, 2007
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 0312355092
  • ISBN-13: 9780312355098