400 pages, Paperback
Received as part of tour
Young Adult Fiction
Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they've always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school's foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home. To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they're meeting. After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don't return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls' relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?
When I began this book I thought to be an insipid version of The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants. One that was even worse because of the skanky Facebook page that they made. As I read on I found a book that was fully charming and characters that truly grew as the book went on. Everything wasn’t tied up with smiley bow, but it ended in a completely natural way.
Each of the characters had real faults and they often did not truly realize their faults until they landed on their faces. Quite literally. Piper to me was the most annoying, but also the one I wanted to find happiness the most. Cassidy I identified the most with and was quite happy with how her story ended up. Mei was an interesting character that I enjoyed reading about. Each one of these felt like completely genuine characters. Izzy was the only character that I didn’t establish a connection with throughout the book as she wasn’t featured much. She redeemed herself within the last chapter.
You can tell that the authors are native to the DFW area as it has little things that brought me back to my new home. A simple comment about Stonebriar mall (my favorite mall in the metro) to the football obsession.
It had a rocky start, but turned out to be a cute book with real character growth.
The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is the story of four best friends: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy--the misfits of Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank that goes viral online, she gets the idea that the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love and internet redemption.
Ivy Adams is the psuedonym for three friends and writing partners: Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.
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