Sweet sixteen and never been kissed . . .
That’s Aurora Skye’s big secret. And the way she wants it to stay. She’s not going to give away her first kiss to just anyone. Busy dodging suitors and matchmaking for her best friends, Aurora (not so) patiently awaits her prince.
But everything changes when Aurora is coerced into a lead role in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing. Which means she’ll have to lock lips with her co-star Hayden Paris—the smart and funny boy next door who also happens to be the bane of her existence, always around to see her at her worst.
Now Aurora is more determined than ever to have her first kiss with the one who’s truly worthy of it. But first she’ll have to figure out just who that person is.
Romantic and funny, Tara Eglington's How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a feel-good tale of finding love where you least expect it.
In this debut novel, 16-year-old Aurora Skye relies on a sense of humor to stand tall in the face an overbearing mother, stay sympathetic to her NAD (New Age dad), and (eventually) open her heart to Hayden Paris, the handsome neighbor who's always popping up at inopportune moments. Threaded throughout Aurora's story is the detail that she's never kissed anyone: she is determined to kiss the prince of her dreams, Disney-style, and won't settle for anything less. This quest serves up significant physical comedy where her suitors are concerned and plenty of misunderstandings between Hayden and Aurora that only bring them closer. Aurora's indefatigable enthusiasm permeates Eglington's writing, and keeps every plot twist frothy and fun, whether it involves family, boys, or the production of Much Ado About Nothing Hayden and Aurora star in (whose plot parallels their own journey from mutual antagonism to romantic attraction). Eglington celebrates female friendship and loyalty, too, and Aurora's sunny outlook will satisfy readers looking for a romantic comedy with a dash of Shakespeare. Ages 12 up.
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Cute, Clean YA Romance
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU is a cute, clean YA romance that adult chick-lit fans are bound to enjoy too. The heroine is funny and warmhearted and someone you can easily see as a friend or, if you're older, would be proud to have as a daughter. Eglington writes with such humor and wit that you can't help but keep turning the pages even though you already know how the romance will ultimately turn out. There are a couple of timeline discrepancies, but other than that this is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a contest.
I love this story so much. There's high school love, drama, and with make you laugh your butt off! During the whole time I was reading this book, I just couldn't stop smiling so I probably looked like an idiot while reading. I didn't buy this book online, but I do have a physical book.