Review: Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

Written By: Kellie - Oct• 19•12

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publish Date: October 1st, 2012
Source: ARC

Rating: 3/5 Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Synopsis: Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in…

And she wanted to make Zee a little jealous…

But now things will never be the same unless she can find a reason to start living again.


Review: I read Who I Kissed in one sitting, as the first book of the 24 hour readathon I took part in and got really into the story. This was a really interesting story and a great way to come back to contemporary young adult after an extended absence. You get all of the standard contemporary YA tropes plus watching Samantha deal with the guilt of unintentionally killing another teenager.

In a moment of weakness Samantha kisses the wrong boy, a boy she didn’t even know and within minutes he’s died and everything changes. There’s a lot of raw emotion here and I think a lot of the reactions that Janet Gurtler wrote were incredibly realistic and never overly simplified. In many cases death is usually roughest on those left behind to mourn and the book reflected that fairly well. There were never any moments of uncontrollable heartbreak for the reader, but the characters did make you care about what they were going through.

While I can’t think of much to complain about, Who I Kissed still didn’t manage to blow me away. There were no incredibly shocking or tense moments, and no characters stood out as being well developed or out of the ordinary. The premise of the story was interesting, but could still have used something a little more. I will absolutely be recommending this title, and sent my copy with my sister to Cuba, but I can’t imagine this will be a book I’ll ever need to come back to. Buuttt, I’d hate to end on a blah note so again, I did like Who I Kissed!

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