Title: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You
Author: Tara Eglington
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Kindle, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: October 25th 2016
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Executor of the Find a Prince Program™ and future author, sixteen-year-old Aurora Skye is dedicated to helping others navigate the minefield that is teenage dating. Counsellor-in-residence at home, where her post-divorce ad-agency father has transformed into a NAD (New Age Dad) intent on stripping his life bare of ‘the illusionary’ (i.e. the removal of home furnishings to the point where all after-hours work must be done in lotus position on a hemp cushion) Aurora literally lives and breathes Self-Help.
When the beginning of the school year heralds the arrival of two Potential Princes™ who seem perfect for her best friends Cassie (lighthouse beacon for emotionally fragile boys suffering from traumatic breakups) and Jelena (eye-catching, elegant and intent on implementing systems of serfdom at their school) it seems as if Aurora’s fast on her way to becoming the next Dr Phil.
As Aurora discovers, however, Self-Help is far from simple. Aurora’s mother arrives home from her extended ‘holiday’ (four years solo in Spain following the infamous ‘Answering Machine Incident’) throwing the NAD into further existential crisis. With Valentine’s Day drawing closer and the new Potential Princes not stepping up to the mark, Aurora is literally forced to take to the stage to throw two couples together. However, being cast opposite Hayden Paris (boy next door and bane-of-Aurora’s life) in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing brings challenges of its own. Not only does Hayden doubt that Cupid is understaffed and thus in dire need of Aurora’s help, but playing Beatrice to his Benedict throws her carefully preserved first kiss for a Prince into jeopardy. As Aurora races to save love’s first kiss and put a stop to the NAD’s increasingly intimate relationship with her Interpretive dance teacher (guilty of putting Aurora on detention for a ‘black aura’) she is left wondering who can a self help guru turn to for help? Can she practice what she preaches? And can long-assumed frogs become Potential Princes?
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Aw, this was so adorable! I do love adorable books from time to time. A good, sappy book, where I keep thinking it’ll never happen to me. Yes, guys, this was that kind of book. It was so cute. I mean, Hayden was everything. Everybody needs a Hayden.
The reason I’m giving this three stars is that I could not relate to Aurora, the main character. If I knew her in real life, I would avoid her. It would be my mission in life. I’m sorry, but I would. She could be so over-dramatic, controlling and obsessed with other people’s love life. I would hate it if someone tried to match me. Please don’t do that. People can take care of that themselves.
I did like the fact that she would do everything to make other people happy. That’s me. I’d try that, too.
It was funny, because I guessed right away who Aurora’s secret admirer was. It kind of made me sad that it was obvious, but it was also fun, because at the end I could say: HA, TOLD YOU SO, AURORA!
Sometimes I had to roll my eyes, because the pep-talks, the crying, the over-dramatic girls and the urge to look good. I’m so not that girl, haha. I’m getting old, but all I could think was: pffft, teenagers. This is serious, guys. I’m truly getting old.
Overall it was an adorable and sappy book with some hilarious content and an important message: you don’t have to kiss a guy if you don’t want to. The one is out there and you can save it for that person. Aurora could, too. Just kick them into puddles.
That’s what I liked about the concept. Waiting for your prince.