REVIEW: The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay

The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay
Published by Hachete Children's Group on 2nd July 2015
Pages: 336
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

'Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed - boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere - boum! Tu comprends?' 'Where did it end up?' I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now. 'It ended with me. And now I am going to pass it to you. You will like that, mermaid?' Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer's night, on a moonlit beach in the South of France, as French boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat-up line she's ever heard. BOOM! Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head-spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break-ups and melt-downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it's gone ...Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble? A hilarious rom-com that will delight Geek Girls everywhere! 
I am not usually a huge fan of contemporaries, it is my least favourite genre, however with the slogan 'for Geek Girls everywhere', I could not resist reading it. And about half-way through I was just wishing for it to end. I think the cover is very girly and cute, really standing out with the pink!

In all honesty, not much went on in this book. It was just about Delilah who believed she had gotten Aphrodite's kiss, then her best friend Tabby cheats on her boyfriend, then for some reason it is Delilah's fault she kissed Jem, and she is trying to win Tabby her boyfriend back. Thats it.

I had a big problem with the characters in this novel, and the reason above was one of the main problems. Delilah was rather controlling and a little naive. She was like her best friend's mother. She and Tabby BOTH claimed it was Delilah's fault that Tabby cheated on her boyfriend by kissing Jem but 'ahem'! Nowhere in that scene did I see Delilah telling her to do it, Tabby chose to do it herself. And there was total insta-love between Delilah and Jem. But then we had a love triangle, and my, Dave was quite something. Obviously I rooted for Jem. And then we had her friend Fatima thrown into the plot for a reason that I still do not understand.

The plot of this novel seemed intriguing and yet it was executed poorly making it rather boring. It was all set around a theatre production and though I felt the body art like zombies was interesting and unique, that was pretty much the only thing. It just dragged on for so long, and some of the situations Delilah got herself into was like, 'what?!' Not to mention the ending, I just carried on to see if it could redeem itself but really, it was just comical. And not in a good way.

Overall, a really disappointing read. Though I thought the twist of Aphrodite might give it a spark, sadly it did anything but.


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