How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington
Genres/Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Humor, Contemporary
*I received this book through netgalley, but all opinions and ideas are my own*
This was super adorable.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Aurora Skye is dedicated to helping others navigate the minefield that is teenage dating. Counsellor-in-residence at home, where her post-divorce ad-agency father has transformed into a NAD (New Age Dad) intent on stripping his life bare of ‘the illusionary’ (i.e. the removal of home furnishings to the point where all after-hours work must be done in lotus position on a hemp cushion) Aurora literally lives and breathes Self-Help.
When the beginning of the school year heralds the arrival of two Potential Princes™ who seem perfect for her best friends Cassie (lighthouse beacon for emotionally fragile boys suffering from traumatic breakups) and Jelena (eye-catching, elegant and intent on implementing systems of serfdom at their school) it seems as if Aurora’s fast on her way to becoming the next Dr Phil.
As Aurora discovers, however, Self-Help is far from simple. Aurora’s mother arrives home from her extended ‘holiday’ (four years solo in Spain following the infamous ‘Answering Machine Incident’) throwing the NAD into further existential crisis. With Valentine’s Day drawing closer and the new Potential Princes not stepping up to the mark, Aurora is literally forced to take to the stage to throw two couples together. However, being cast opposite Hayden Paris (boy next door and bane-of-Aurora’s life) in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing brings challenges of its own. Not only does Hayden doubt that Cupid is understaffed and thus in dire need of Aurora’s help, but playing Beatrice to his Benedict throws her carefully preserved first kiss for a Prince into jeopardy. As Aurora races to save love’s first kiss and put a stop to the NAD’s increasingly intimate relationship with her Interpretive dance teacher (guilty of putting Aurora on detention for a ‘black aura’) she is left wondering who can a self help guru turn to for help? Can she practice what she preaches? And can long-assumed frogs become Potential Princes?
I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into, and went in cautiously. I am so glad I requested this book because it was cute, fluffy, and such a treat to read. I loved the relationship between the girls because even though they were obviously side characters, they were still treated well and respectfully. Sticking with your girlfriends was a definite theme (underneath all the lovey dovey stuff).
I like how the romance was handled because even though there was teasing going on, it was light hearted and explained well. The main dude isn’t an asshole, just a smartass which honestly, is a huge difference. Different types of guys were also shown which I feel is important– people don’t always fall for the same type of person. Also, many of the ‘requirements’ for a prince are AWESOME and I hope more people take them to heart.
The only problem I have with this book is that many things were unbelievable. Jeffery’s character is not one I’ve ever seen in real life. Also, an anti-bullying campaign?? that works instead of backfiring????, as well as a New Age teacher teaching dance??? Yeah these things pulled me out of the book at first, BUT then when I realized how light it made the book– how FUN it made the book, I gave in and accepted it.
I’m not sure if I’ll read the sequel– I like the ending as is. I would totally recommend this book to people though! If you like sweet first love stories with lots of humor, this is a book you’ve got to pick up!