Review of The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay

Published: 2nd July 2015
Publisher: Hodder Children
Pages: 336


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…


Thank you to Hodder for kindly sending me a review copy.

Prepare yourself for a cheesy love story because within the opening chapter, it was all too much. Our main character Delilah is on holiday in France snogging the face off a French boy (we’ve all been there) and she’s feeling utterly magnificent about it, so happy in fact that she plans on thanking the moon for the kiss..

“The memory alone is making my tummy melt like ice-cream: warm fudge sauce, sprinkles, the works.”

Early on, the drama has already occurred between Tabby (Delilah’s best friend) and a random very hot bartender but it’s Delilah’s job to fix the mess about Tabby’s boyfriend (oops). Well, we all know what is going to happen next.. The attraction between Delilah and Jem, the hot bartender, was written brilliantly. As a reader, we were given a strong sense of connection from their second meeting and oh my, it was electric.

“Trust me, your lippy will be all kissed off by lunchtime.”

As the narrative continued, the cheesy element of the storyline seemed to fade and instead, we were treated to a really amazing friendship between Delilah and Tabby. They have their ups and downs which are showcased realistically throughout the plot but with Delilah’s love life not going according to plan, only a musical theatre plan of action seems to help. Yes, a little far fetched to happen in England but Lucy seemed to make it work. Overall, the book was okay yet I expected more from the YA plot and from Lucy. I wasn’t crazy about it, there were points which I enjoyed but in total, it’s the type of book which you can read in a car journey and not have to think about the narrative in the slightest.

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