Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He's a brainy jock with a poet's heart—in other words, perfect for her.
Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss. Too bad that new boy is Becca's boyfriend, Alec.
Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.

Part verse, part narrative, After the Kiss is about heartaches and love gone wrong after two lives are painfully intertwined with a single kiss. 
Innocents and lust do not mix; young love and true love are not the same. Camille’s life may seem to hover in serenity but in reality she dreams of escape. She makes a bunch of new friends, pokes around bookstores and coffee shops. Even volunteers at a local animal shelter–it distracts her from the things she left behind. As she desperately tries to burying herself in the now and not the past, Camille creates a weekly routine in her new of Atlanta, Georgia. Then she sees a boy who truly makes her forget...and remember. 
For Becca life is good as long as Alec is there. When a sudden car wreck causes Becca’s everyday life to change, it sets off a chain of events. That is why Alec was the the party...alone. 
It’s amazing how one little thing in one tiny moment can change several lives to the point where nothing will ever be the same again. After the Kiss a wonderful but heart-wrenching story of a misunderstanding and how easily a relationship can be destroyed, especially if its not true at all. I like how McVoy portrayed the two very different girls: Becca is fighting for love. She’s reckless and determined. Camille is fighting to get away from it and has a careful yet head-strong appeal. When the two girls are united by a boy who doesn’t understand how deeply they feel and love, they spin into a world of hurt, realization, loss, and what it means to be truly in love. Teens can relate to both girls and their stances as well as being touched by the poetic words and inspiration of their grieving voices.
An agonizing narrative that will leave you hanging on every verse, After the Kiss wonderfully animates that sometimes love is worth fighting for and other times, it is not.

Recommendation: Lovely contemporary novel of, well love, both true and reckless. Breath-taking finish–definitely a story you won’t forget. I’m looking forward to reading McVoy other books. Recommend to ages 14+

Content: Sensuality, some language, and underage drinking (PG)

Other Books by This Author: Pure, The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
|Pages: 400|Release Date: May 2010|Publisher: Simon Pulse|
|Genre: Contemporary fiction, teen issues, romance, relationships|
|Content Rating: 4/5|Cover Rating: 4/5|Overall: 4/5|

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