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Vail, Rachel. If we kiss.

VAIL, Rachel. If we kiss. Harper Trophy. 259p. c2005. 0-06-056916-6. $8.99. JS

Charlotte, known as Charlie, has never been kissed. Her best friend Tess wants her to get the first kiss out of the way so they can talk about it. But Charlie does not tell Tess when she does get that first kiss, with someone she least expects. And Charlie is not sure what she should do about this first kiss since it leads to being called into the principal's office, reprimanded by her mother, and ignored by Kevin, the boy she kissed. To make matters more complicated, Tess is in love with Kevin, Charlie starts dating George and joins the school newspaper (both with semi-disastrous results), and Kevin's dad and Charlie's mom begin dating. Feeling increasingly like the worst best friend ever, Charlie has not only to cope with her desire to kiss Kevin more, but also with being somewhat of a disappointment to her father and with her unexpected jealousy over her mother dating.

With characters who are realistically flawed while still likeable and pacing that will keep readers turning the pages, Vail has created a story that will resonate with teen girls everywhere. Give this book to readers looking for something deeper than chick-lit, but with a chick-lit feel to it. Stephanie Squicciarini, Teen Svcs. Libn., Fairport PL, Fairport, NY

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Squicciarini, Stephanie
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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