Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed. - from book cover


One thing that I can difiantly tell you about this books it that it's hard to find! Well....at my library at anyway. With it being a paperback, naturally I searched in the YA Paperback section. Nothing.
Okay, maybe the librarian stuck it in with the hardcovers. Zilch. Finally, after like seven library-trips of searching, I finally found a copy in the section where they stash the Paperbacks of Unusual Size (i.e books that can't fit in those little paperback holders that turn.)
You've got be kidding.

To be completely honest I was expecting Kiss Me Kill Me have more mystery within it's pages. Instead, it kind of fluttered around talking about how Plum and her followers treated Scarlett or how much she missed Dan. It didn't actually pick up the scandal/mystery about Dan's death till the end of the book. (I'm assuming that was the publishers and author's devious plan. LOL)
At first I liked Scarlett's character, but when she skipped out on her friends and got caught up with Dan's death, she became just like the rest of St. Tabby's cookie-cutter, elite girls. And what about the magical first kiss? [Cough] More like two crazy teenagers expressing hormones. First kiss? Special. Scarlett's "first" kiss? Um, was it really her first kiss?-because it sure didn't seem like it.
Not all of the book as cliché though. The scenes with Scarlett and her new found friend, Taylor, were fun to read: spying, climbing up drain pipes, dodging snooty teachers, etc.; and the prestigious school background was interesting enough to keep you captivated. Still, this book didn't have that genuine mystery feel to it. Despite my negativeness, I will probably read it's sequel Kiss and Lies in order to find out what happens to Scarlett. Maybe after reading the second book, I can make my review more complete.
I neither recommend nor discourage you from reading Kiss Me Kill Me because it depends. If you were expecting a mystery novel or something grand and exciting like the cover, I wouldn't scour the library like I did. If you like the silly scenes of high society teenagers and scandals, then be my guest-but don't say I didn't warn you.

Pages: 272 Published: 2008 Publisher: Delacorte
Genre: Contemporary, teen romance,teen drama, British
Age Group: YA, ages 14+ Content: Language, kissing, sexual references
Enjoyed It: 3/5 Rating: (based on content)


Anonymous said...

I wasn't too crazy about Kiss Me, Kill Me either, but the story definintely picks up in the sequel.

Kelsey said...

I was planning on reading this, but we'll see. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about it.

wdebo said...

I;m not sure if i should read it...but I am a very looks oriented girl and that cover is so pretty!

GirlwiththeBraids said...

Hi, Morgan! I love your review set-up and it inspired me. So now I'm doing it a little similar to yours. I hope it's okay. :)

http://readingtomyself.blogspot.com/2009/08/coffeehouse-angel.html is an example. I hope it's alright.

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