A cool, sexy YA romance novel from Wattpad sensation Beth Reekles - now a movie on Netflix!
Beth Reekles penned her novel The Kissing Booth when she was
fifteen and began uploading it to story-sharing platform Wattpad,
where it accumulated over 19 million reads. She was signed by
Random House UK at the age of seventeen, and offered a three-book
deal whilst studying for her A Levels. Beth is now a Physics
graduate from Exeter University and working in IT, and has had
three books published with Random House- The Kissing Booth
(which was made into a Netflix film in 2017), Rolling Dice,
and Out of Tune.
Beth is still writing and regularly blogs about writing advice and being a twenty-something. She has been shortlisted for the Women of the Future Young Star Award 2013, the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2014, and the Queen of Teen Awards 2014. She was named one of Time magazine's 16 Most Influential Teenagers 2013, and in August 2014 she was listed in The Times at No.6 on their 'Top 20 under 25' list.
Gr 9 Up-Elle and Lee have the perfect coed relationship: a best friend to shop with, stand up for you when others put you down, finish your sentences, and never ever-even for the slightest second-consider crossing the line between friendship and romance. Then Elle falls for Lee's older brother, and their friendship is put to the ultimate test. Kissing Booth is both predictable and deeply implausible. These kids have drunken parties, sleepovers at one another's houses without calling home, and sex within days of starting a relationship, and seem to wear the least amount of clothing possible at all times. Teens are likely to be turned off by this book as it paints them as irresponsible, unintelligent, and emotionally stunted on nearly every page. Simply put, today's young adults deserve a little more credit. The pacing of the novel leaves a lot to be desired, as there are several instances in which a plotline absorbs 30 to 40 pages of rising action only to fizzle in two to three anticlimactic pages. The poor writing and flawed characters can be forgiven, but the glorification of a controlling boyfriend as the ideal male is both insulting to women and a dangerous message to be sending girls.-Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.