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Soul Kiss [Paperback]

Shay Youngblood
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1 Nov 2000
In 60s Deep South America young Mariah Kin Santos struggles to find her identity. Living with her aunts and abandoned by her mother, she sets out to search for her father. But when she finds him she discovers more than she bargained for.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd; New edition edition (1 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704346761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704346765
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,431,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book written with the body ... 10 Mar 2000
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Read this book if you have ever wondered what a particular word might taste like on your tongue; if you have ever felt small and alone and turned to stories for sustenance; if you have ever wondered about the places in our bodies where poems are born...And if you have never wondered about any of these things read this book and allow its magic to seep through your skin. Shay Youngblood is a conjuror of language. Read her and read your own self, your own body. This book is a womanspell!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking 26 Feb 1999
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I am proud to say that I will have the previlege to translate this book into portuguese. This is one of the best books I have ever read... Simply exquisite!!! I can positively say that this will be one of the best books you'll ever read. Beautifull, touching and tottaly adcting, in a good sense, this author takes you on a journey to the dephts of the human soul. It's impossible to describe the feelings that this inocent story will bring to your life.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicous Book! 5 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The language of this novel is so beautiful that I found myself rereading sentence after sentnce to savor the words. I finished this book in two days not because I read it quickly but because I could not put it down. Youngblood's words are the kind you should enjoy slowly and read some outloud to feel them on your tongue.There are parts of this story that are disturbing. Mariah gets raped as a young teenager--devasting--but written in a way that does not sensationalize it or provide fodder for perverts. The sexual attraction between Mariah and her father disturbs but rings true and is thankfully not acted upon.The part of this book that i related to most is a story most lesbian and bisexual women will find very familiar. It describes the pain felt by adolescent Mariah as she loses the love of her "girly girl" friend to heterosexual puberty. I think we have all been there.Unlike other reviewers i don't think that this book contains any sexually explicit scenes. I don't think that the plot is unfocused or the story depressing. This is one of the best books i have ever read--and i have read a lot of books. It is as near perfect as humanly possible. It has a spiritual beauty to it that will resonate in your soul long after reading it. It does indeed kiss your soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Enjoyable Books I've Read 6 Feb 2000
By Cydney Rax - Published on Amazon.com
I was looking for a story to read that would have a young girl as the main character; I also wanted to read such a book in first person. That's how I found "Soul Kiss". After reading reviews I purchased the book last fall and just finished it in January. I found "Soul Kiss" to be immensely satisfying. It's the story of Mariah who is sent to live with her two elderly aunts; her mom drops her off and Mariah begans to wish to be reunited with her mother in the worst way. She carries these yearnings for many years and has various adventures as she reflects on the events which happen in her life. The writer Shay Youngblood has a style I wish I could call my own. I adored the imagery she used; the descriptions of some Mariah's thoughts about how much she yearns for her mothers ("I miss my mama, but I don't want to. I am seven years old and yesterday is today, tomorrow never comes.") It was just a pleasant and poetic type of fiction; the kind I've love to be able to read all the time. I love the book and I hope you will get a copy, read it and enjoy it too. It's that good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bold 8 Mar 2001
By Jasmine - Published on Amazon.com
Damn! This book deserves a bestselling status. It was hauntingly nostalgic,erotic and sad, but funny at the same time. My mother left me in the hands of strangers too, but my life story is not as entertaining as the narrator's. I would cringe at the mere thought of seducing my father or worst, posing nude for him. Sometimes I was moved to tears as I read the narrator's painful quest for love and the feel of belonging. I was not surprised at her fettish for self gratification considering the fact that she was a lonely,healthy teenager. Neither was I phased by her desire for same sex relationships. I think she should've acted upon her sexual attraction to women. Forget about childhood games. I was looking forward to a deeper, more mature relationship between the narrator and one of the objects of her attraction. Nevertheless, I admire Youngblood's subtle, erotic approach. I can't get over the fact that it was a tease, but hey, it makes us think and undoubtedly seduces the imagination---especially with a little poetic flavor.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Memorable coming-of-age story, but incomplete 7 Jan 2005
By Kharabella - Published on Amazon.com
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I would actually give this book somewhere between three stars and four stars.

Poetry is an amazing thing, and my favorite place to find poetry is locked in with prose. This book consists of almost nothing but prose/poetry, and I think that is a good thing. The words are captivating. At the same time, I thought that some of the "poetry" did not have enough meaning, and in some places it made me think that the author had tried to hard, unecessarily, to make poetry instead of telling the story. Overall, I wanted more. Despite all the difficult events that Mariah, the protagonist, suffered through, I finished the book understanding only that Mariah had had a hard life, and still not knowing Mariah very much at all. The metaphors and the colorful images painted by the poetic lines were often interesting, but sometimes hard to accept coming from someone of Mariah's age without any childlike ways, habits, or vulnerabilities to temper them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouth-watering 13 Oct 2004
By Shellio - Published on Amazon.com
Soul Kiss is by far one of the best first novels I have ever read. Read is a gross understatement. I devoured this book in two days. I could have completed it in one, but as with any luscious meal, it required savoring. It was as anticipated, as delicious, and as satisfying as Thanksgiving dinner. This story flows as elongated poetry. Brilliant and beautiful, Shay Youngblood's writing style stirred my emotions and awakened every sense.

Kudos to Shay Youngblood.
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