Published by Swoon Reads on August 1, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge, Contemporary Romance 2017 Reading Challenge
Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?
Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman is a young adult contemporary romance that put a huge smile on my face. I really, really loved this book. It was cute, it was swoony and it was a whole lot of fun. Just what I love in my summer beach/pool reads. Max Holden is total book boyfriend material. I did have a few minor issues with the story, which I will discuss below, but overall I really enjoyed Kissing Max Holden.
Kissing Max Holden is told from Jillian’s point of view. She grew up next door to Max Holden and they used to be very close, but because of personal issues in Max’s family, he has withdrawn a lot and because distant with Jillian. It is interesting because Jillian and Max still ran in similar friend groups at school so they are circling around in each other’s lives. I love a friends to more story, so I really liked the various facets to Jillian and Max’s relationship. It is clear that they still know each other very well. I also kind of liked that they kissed right at the start of the story and then danced around each other afterwards. Sure, there was fall out on both of their ends because of the kiss and there were some things in the story that bothered me, but it was hard to care too much about either of the things I am going to mention because Max and Jillian were just so darn cute.
So, what were my issues with Kissing Max Holden? Well, I didn’t love the idea that Max had a girlfriend, particularly because his girlfriend is so witchy. I also really, really didn’t like what Jillian’s dad did. View Spoiler »Cheating on her very pregnant step-mom. It just really bugged me. « Hide Spoiler But, as I mentioned earlier, even these minor annoyances couldn’t keep the smile off my face. I really, really enjoyed this book. It is a light read that is perfect for an afternoon by the pool or at the beach.See why Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman put a big smile on @BookBriefs face! @SwoonReads @FierceReads #review… Click To Tweet
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