Review: How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing YouSweet sixteen and never been kissed – and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding Potential Princes for her two best friends, counselling her sensitive New Age Dad and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mum.But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the Boy Next Door and the bane of Aurora’s life. He’s always around to see her at her worst and that’s what makes him so infuriating… even if he is smart, funny and ‘gets’ her like no-one else.Aurora’s on a mission to save her first kiss for the boy who’s truly worthy of it – and that means a prince, not a toad.

I found the book to be a really cute read! Well, maybe too superficial in some parts, like when one of the girls is crying and another says, “Did you break your heel or something?” That’s just too popular-girly for me. But overall the story was just really candy sweet and fun.

The plot was really cute and fun to read. It’s just the teenage life filled with drama and romance, kind of like a sugary rom-com movie. You know, the ones that are too perfect to be real. The book is filled with these moments, like the ending scene, where the perfect kiss happens. I surprisingly liked the plot  with all its fluffy glory. Taking a break from the intense paranormal is good sometimes. I love how the cover kind of reflects this teenage drama feel with the scrunched paper, the painted words and the little girl sketch in the corner.

Ok, so our character roll call: Aurora (hated her), her friends (cool but Jelaena was annoying) and Hayden and friends (swoon worthy). Our MC, Aurora Skye went from bearable to absolutely annoying to cool for me. At the start, I didn’t really know what to expect of her so she was bearable. Then we got to know her and she was annoying. I felt that she tried to control everything and everyone like they were game pieces to her. She was so obsessed with romance and the idea of love that she had to get Cassie and Scott together and fix Lindsay and Tyler’s relationship. I’m just sitting her going “NO” because I’m so frustrated at her control freak attitude. Al least she redeems herself at the end, when her mum issues are revealed, making me more sympathetic to her.

Anyways, onto our love interests. I think I’m in love with Hayden because he was just the perfect guy really. He was sweet and kind to Aurora and at times when he said “They can take care of their own love lives” I was just nodding. I didn’t really know how this relationship was going to work out, but it worked well after Aurora became normal-ish. He was so adorable and his feelings were just so obvious, Aurora had to be blind to not see it. Which she was. After all, there wouldn’t be a story if the MC knows the boy so obviously likes her.

Rating: 3.5/5 bamboo sticks

 

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Author: Prima

Still crazy obsessed with High School Musical and is still disappointed real life high school did not involved as much singing and dancing. Almost 18 but relates to 5 year olds. Super cynical about Disney movies and kdramas but still loves them. Blogs about books and feels.

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