Editor: Cylin Busby
Genre: Non-fiction, Young Adult
Summary: A collection of relatively well known YA authors share true stories of first kisses in various forms and with various outcomes.
First Line: "'He likes you,' my friend Missy whispered to me as we sat on the curb, watching our guy friends skateboard down a concrete ramp."
Review: This is your typical short story collection. Some good, some bad, some redundant.
My favorites were:
- "Bad Reputation," by Cecil Castellucci (with implications regarding the influence of friends on the kissing dynamics);
- "Yeah, I Know," by Jon Scieszka (a down-to-earth guy's perspective that tells it like it is... smelling rubberbands?); and
- The she said/he said, "Our First Kiss (with each other)" by Shannon and Dean Hale.
A good number of the other contributions were of the same theme: if you haven't kissed someone by 15, then you're destined to be a spinster. Therefore, do everything in your power to get that kiss under your belt. Not the best message in the world to be sending. Over and over again.
I did appreciate that they mixed it up with graphic contributions ("The Third First Kiss" by Amy Kim Ganter was my favorite of this group) and some in verse.