Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle

Lissa and Kate have been best friends for years.  Then one night at a party, Kate kissed Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back.  Now Kate and Lissa aren't speaking to each other and Kate got herself a boyfriend that same night.  Lissa is hurt and confused.  What do her feelings for Kate mean?

This was just OK.  Things were kept very surface level, no deep examinations.  Lissa is trying to figure out what her feelings for Kate mean.  Kate doesn't want to talk about it.  Lissa has to decide if she's willing to go back to how her relationship with Kate was before and forget about what happened.

When Lissa finally gets Kate to talk about it, Kate tells Lissa she's "not like her."  Lissa is sad and hurt and still hasn't even really worked out for herself how she's feeling.

What I didn't really love was when Lissa finally tells another friend about her feelings for Kate, the friend's response is "Well, have you ever liked any other girls before?  Maybe you're bi."  This was supposed to be the supportive friend and I felt like even she was hinting at "Well don't worry yet.  You might not really be a lesbian, maybe you're just bisexual."  Her friend than takes her to meet her cousin who lives with her girlfriend.  Lissa doesn't really talk to her about anything, they just all hang out and she sees home comfortable the cousin is being with another girl, and the cousin says if Lissa ever wants to talk about anything she'd be happy to listen.  We're left with Lissa thinking, "I might be a lesbian," and then the book is done.  So yeah.  Very surface level.

There are better books exploring the same topic available.  I'd definitely recommend Annie on My Mind over Kissing Kate.

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