Title: The Kissing Booth
Release: Available on ebook now - Available in paperback from 25th April 2013 by Random House.
Meet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular - and never been kissed.
Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile - and a total player. And also Elle's best friend's older brother... When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer - this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak. But will Elle get her happily ever after?
The Kissing Booth is a very modern twist on the classic tale of a girl who falls in love with the bad boy. She knows she shouldn't do it, and the reader knows that she doesn't do it... but somehow you find yourself willing her to go ahead an fall head over heels anyway!
The main characters were the thing I liked the most about this book - Rochelle (Elle), Noah and Lee were all so easy to like. Even Noah - the bad boy - was extremely likable And cute. However, the secondary characters were plentiful and I did find it a little difficult to try and remember who was who, and who else was dating who else (although - the book is set in a high school and there are parties aplenty, so the author could hardly be criticized for creating a busy social scene).
The events that happen in this book are sweet, shocking and they will definitely bring out the romantic in you, and whilst it does touch upon some eyebrow raising antics (sixteen years old's drinking and having sex!) there are also some good underlying morals in it too. Especially surrounding Elle and Lee's friendship.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely. It's a teen fiction book and it hits that spot perfectly. The main character is sixteen years old, and I've no doubt that sixteen year old girls will like reading about her.
I think it helps that the book was written by seventeen year old Welsh wattpad sensation; Beth Reekles. Beth originally published this story on wattpad, and after the story received 19 million reads and 40,000 comments - Random House snapped her up and they're about to publish the story in paperback. It's a teenage book, written from a teenage perspective... and teenagers will love it!