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review 2017-03-07 22:31
Who I Kissed (Review)
Who I Kissed - Janet Gurtler

This is another book that I finished approximately a year and a half ago, and I have exactly two status updates for it on Booklikes… This review will be short and to-the-point (as three-star reviews tend to be anyway).


On the plus side, I thought this was an interesting storyline that raises some awareness for kids with allergies. Eating a peanut butter sandwich and then kissing someone are not two events I would ever connect, and Gurtler brings the details together in a way that fits nicely. Sam’s family really made this enjoyable to me, and I always appreciate when parents or other family members take the spotlight sometimes in books (family usually ends up on the back burner in YA, unfortunately). Sam’s dad and her aunt helped her grow and find peace, which I appreciated.


(Spoilers ahead!)


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text 2016-01-01 09:55
Reviews to Come
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Blur - Steven James
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Stephen Fry
Coin Heist - Elisa Ludwig
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
The Choice - Nicholas Sparks
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare - Melissa Jensen
Who I Kissed - Janet Gurtler
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
The Fill-In Boyfriend - Kasie West

Well, 2015 was kind of a bust as far as reviewable books goes.


Don't let the read count fool you: I read about twelve books for one class in one semester at the beginning of the year, which were all YA/middle grade. I read about five or six books roughly for each English class I take, and multiply that by three and a half semesters in 2015, about three classes each semester with that kind of reading load. I read a lot in 2015. But somehow, I ended up with only about seventeen or so books I felt like I could actually review.


I read a lot of classics, things I'd been wanting to get to for awhile and finally got to read in class, as well as some young adult stuff for some more genre-specific classes I took. I read more than anyone else I know in school right now, and although it's been tough to read for fun and I've had to take a major break from reviewing in the past year, it wasn't because I wasn't reading. But I had to jump from book to book so quickly that I could hardly process enough to want to write a review for what I read, and it seemed so haphazard to only write reviews for a handful of them.


So I decided to scrap all the books I read for class last year and write reviews when I eventually reread them--on my own time. There are lots of books I read for class that I'll want to revisit (like Tess of the D'Urbervilles, for instance), and others I probably won't ever attempt again (like The Bone People). And although it means that my "read count" for challenges both here and on GoodReads make it seem like I barely made a dent in my 70 book goal, I think I easily read that many books in 2015, although it won't show in my reviews.


I am making a goal for 2016 to be better. I'm going to be super busy for awhile, at least through this semester (which ends at the end of February). I'm in a musical, I'm a vice president in a club, I'm a part-time employee, I'm helping to judge a book award, and I'm a straight-A student. I turned twenty-one yesterday, so my new years' resolutions usually hold a heavier weight for me because I'm also looking toward a new year of my life, and another kind of fresh start. I'm saddened by the fact that my love for reading has become more work than pleasure, so I'm determined to make sure I read at least one chapter of something not for school each day so I can keep up with my passion and the books I've accumulated. It's probably best for me to set small goals, especially because I recently went on a book buying binge, and now I can look forward to 2016 by reading books I've put on hold a long time. 


So, here's to the new year! I'll be reading more (although I set a more reasonable pleasure goal at 30 for this year--even my summer break will be shorter than usual, and I'll have graduated by Halloween), and I'll be getting to books I've wanted for read for a long time. I've started Fellowship of the Ring over again because Tolkien just makes me downright happy, but I'm getting new stuff in as well. All in all, I'm excited for what 2016 and being twenty-one brings me. Above are the first ten reviews I'll be writing for stuff I read in 2015 (for fun). 


Thanks for all your patience this year, and here's to progress!

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text 2015-07-16 21:42
Who I Kissed - Janet Gurtler

This isn't my favorite book by Gurtler, although I appreciate the awareness it raises for kids with allergies. I am, slightly, disappointed that the peanut butter isn't what actually killed Alex, but only because it allowed so much room for growth for Sam. I don't feel like she ever got to the point where she could accept herself again when everyone though it was her fault. She only wrote her letter to Alex after she realized it wasn't her fault. 


So, yeah, I wish there was more growth for her before she knew it wasn't him. (A kid with asthma that severe shouldn't have been smoking weed, for heaven's sake, by the way.) There were a few grammar/phrasing problems throughout that pulled me out of the story sometimes. And part of me is a little disappointed that Casper ended up being a douchebag and Zee the knight in shining armor. But oh well. Overall, it was alright, so I think I'd give it three stars.

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text 2015-07-14 02:06
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Who I Kissed - Janet Gurtler

Well, it got straight to the point! Alex is already dead and Sam is trying to deal with the consequences. I don't mean to sound insensitive, but her reaction seems fairly melodramatic and eyeroll-worthy. Which sucks, because I want to sympathize with her, but her whole martyrdom thing is getting on my nerves right now.


On the plus side, I really, really like Casper. 

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review 2013-02-08 00:00
Who I Kissed
Who I Kissed - Janet Gurtler Who I Kissed - Janet Gurtler Great concept with enjoyable characters. There were things in it that I didn't connect with so I didn't like it as much as I'm Not Her, but still worth the read.
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