The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

The Kissing Booth is a young adult book written by Beth Reekles. The story centers around Rochelle (also known and Shelly or Elle), Noah and Lee. Rochelle is best friends with Lee and has been since they were young. Her crush is Lee’s older brother Noah, who, as the protaganist describes it, is a violence junkie. They pretty much just played around with each other until he kisses her at the carnival kissing booth. She and Noah start a relationship in secret and then it all comes out. I normally try to let myself just go with the flow of the book but I was unable to find any flow with this one. I believe the main problem I had with this book is the fact that the book seems to rush along, stall and split off in a different direction. The author repeatedly uses the same descriptions, rock hard abs, totally hot, everything was hot. The other problem is Noah’s obvious jealousy, to the point he was telling her what to wear and how not to look at people. Maybe being a parent and adult color my perception of that, but usually a controlling/jealous person is not good news, especially when they have a tendency to violence. I find it hard to believe that the protagonist simply continues on when Noah has lied to his brother, resorted to physical violence when someone looks or says something against her, wouldn’t let anyone else near her but takes her virginity with little fan fare and when he gets mad, disappears for a week and comes back expecting everything to be forgiven. I won’t give away the ending but needless to say in my mind it did not redeem the book. Let me know what you think?

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