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- Print Length: 285 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Crush (10 April 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XR2BKPQ
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I can't even tell what I felt exactly, because due to the unusual circumstances (and some insecurities and some stupidity and...well, you get the point, right?) my feelings changed every other minute. I was sighing and grinning foolishly, was really really upset the next minute, started ranting and swearing am second later and would have loved to kick somebody or other - well, sometimes.
Take CeCe, you just have to love her - and I was so upset when people reacted badly to her scar and I just would have loved to hug her - while kicking somebody's back. And then Bryn - clueless, sweet, egocentric, beautiful - every guy's dream. At least as long as he doesn't want to dig too deep and doesn't try to look for more. Together - they are irresistible, aren't they? Is it possible to fall, hard, for someone's inner beauty instead of the obvious beauty on the outside? Or is it really just beauty that matters?
When Emmett falls for Bryn, he can't believe his luck - perfection on the outside and a perfect character, all in one. Well... There might be something else - or rather someone else. How is it possible to fall for one person, to feel so close to her and somehow it never really adds up? Something is off and he is desperately trying to find out what it is and how to really connect with the wonderful woman Bryn promises to be. At least, ...well, read for yourself, it's definitely worth it!
I loved how strong Cece was and I loved to see her rattled and realizing that sometimes life may have more in store for you than you can imagine.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
DON'T KISS THE MESSENGER is a fun read about love, identity, self-awareness, self acceptance, and friendship. When I first learned that Katie Ray had a new book coming out for Entangled Crush, it immediately went on my TBR list. I was vaguely aware of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, I enjoy reading retellings, and I was interested in reading Katie Ray’s YA retelling of this story.
Straight off, I was a fan of CeCe and her no-nonsense "this is me, just as I am" self. And for other reasons, it was easy to relate to CeCe. Oh man, how did I know how CeCe felt, having a connection and then falling for the one who is falling for your friend. Too often I heard dreaded words, “Can you talk to her for me?” Bryn and CeCe’s situation was a little different, since she was helping Bryn with talking to Emmett, but the feeling of resignation is there because of course you want to help your friend find love with the one she is falling for.
I loved CeCe’s beautiful words in her emails to Emmett. They are poetry and show that it is easier to reveal your true self behind a veil. She had so much depth and knew how to express her emotions, it’s just too bad that she couldn’t use them for herself, but instead used them to give Bryn a voice.
I just know there was more to Bryn, but it was overshadowed by the intimidation of Emmett's intensity. I would've liked to see more of Bryn outside of who she was when she was with Emmett. It was easy to identify with that side of her too. Sometimes you are at a loss for words, but CeCe knew there was more substance to Bryn, and I wanted to see more of THAT girl.
What I liked:
*CeCe and Tuba’s friendship - I loved the humor, the knowing looks, the fun!
*The characters were athletes and intellectuals - you can be both!
*Some REAL TALK between CeCe and her mother - especially when CeCe tells her mother that she needs to let her be broken. She can’t always be strong.
Some Favorite Quotes:
“I didn’t read to escape. I didn’t even read to be entertained. It was more elemental, more essential than that. I read because my imagination was the only thing that elevated me beyond my own reality.”
“I just live by the credence that life is at its best when accompanied by music.”
“Why did people associate alone time for lonely time?”
I really enjoyed DON'T KISS THE MESSENGER and I want to know the other characters. Will Tuba get her own story? Please say YES! I’m looking forward to reading more books in the Edgelake High series and more books by Katie Ray.
I cried so many times in this book for both CeCe and Emmett . it truly is a great book filled with the issues teens go thru
Our main character, and this tale’s Cyrano is a young lady named CeCe. Cece was in a very bad car accident and has really significant facial scarring from reconstructive surgeries. CeCe is a school superstar student. She is brilliant but she is also a really excellent student athlete. I loved how well rounded CeCe is. She is a really hard worker and I admired that about her. Plus, she is super sweet and honestly, she is a great friend. I loved watching her hit it off with Emmett, the new transfer student. Emmett and CeCe have a really great friendship that I thought developed very naturally. I believed it and their feelings 100%. This is what I wish all YA romances grew out of. Katie Ray did an excellent job showing their chemistry and their bonding. I love Emmett and CeCe!!
But, Emmett falls for the other new transfer student, and CeCe’s volleyball teammate- Bryn. Bryn is beautiful and really sweet, but I found myself wishing she were not so one dimensional and superficial. I kept wanting to see a glimpse of more from her. Don’t get me wrong, she is a sweet girl…but I was kind of with CeCe, I have no idea how Emmett fell for it for one second. One conversation with Bryn and you know everything about her. I am very ready to be proven wrong about her. I have a feeling that the next book is going to be about her and I can’t wait! I have an inkling as to who is going to be her romantic interest and I am really excited for their story.
But now back to CeCe and Emmett. I loved watching their journey. I thought this was the perfect modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac. I laughed, I cried, I cheered when they finally got together. This book made me feel great. Plain and simple. And I loved that about it. I can’t wait to read more from Katie Ray. This was a total hit with me. If you like really well written YA romances with awesome characters and a real, believable connection and slow build romance, Don’t Kiss the Messenger is going to be a favorite of yours. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this gem.
*Disclaimer- I was sent a free copy of this book.
Emmett Brady just started classes at Cece's school and when the two end up paired together Cece is immediately taken to him but won't allow herself to believe he could ever be attracted to her. Then when Emmett is blindsided by new girl Bryn DeNeuville's good looks Cece really thinks she will never be given another look. However when Bryn gets tongue tied with Emmett she asks for Cece's help texting and emailing him and Cece gets a bit carried away with her online romance.
Don't Kiss the Messenger is a young adult contemporary read which to me is a modern day teenage take on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac. As Cece tries convincing herself that she's only helping out her friend Bryn win the guy she herself is slowly falling for Emmett who she doesn't believe would ever consider her. I really enjoyed reading this one, a cute read with likable characters.
When finished reading though I did take notice of a couple of things during the read that kept me from rating a bit higher. First, I felt it seemed a bit off for these to be high school seniors in the setting they were in, it seemed a more college like atmosphere. Also, there were several times I felt Emmett should have guessed what was going on but I suppose then we wouldn't have a story either so he had to be a bit clueless. Overall though it was a rather enjoyable story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
4 Angsty Stars
Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to sexual situations and adult language.
Katie Ray is a new-to-me author, and I was instantly hooked from the first paragraph. Swift pacing, easy to relate to characters, and realistic emotions. Beyond frustrating for an adult to read.
CeCe is a strong character: athletic, a true leader, crazy about music and literature- deep and cerebral-centric. She is also scarred on her cheek from a car accident as a child. It doesn't matter how amazing she is in all aspects of her life, first impressions matter. Before anyone gets to know her, all they see is her scar. Once they get to know her, their friendship is easy. But the problem is, in order to have a love life, the mating dance begins in the most shallowest of ways... by first impression.
CeCe is confident, but relegates herself in the friend-zone, never even daydreaming that anyone would ever want to date her. This isn't a self-esteem issue. Simply looking in the mirror and recognizing who is staring back. I'd love to say this isn't realistic, or that teenagers grow out of the vapid view they have on beauty, but it still holds true from birth to death. A disturbing fact of life, no matter how deep a person we all pretend to be, the bright and shiny attracts us first and foremost.
As the volleyball captain, CeCe is friends with her teammates. One girl in particular, a new transfer, latches herself onto CeCe. Bryn is sweet and clueless, but she's even more beautiful on the outside. She's not malicious, just immature and uneducated. I wouldn't say she's shallow. She's a teenage girl, and it doesn't make her vapid because she doesn't want to listen to sonnets or classical music or experience deep, intense conversation during makeout sessions. She just needs to find the right fit, friend-and-boyfriend-wise.
Bryn gives the best first impressions.
CeCe does not.
Bryn doesn't have the ability to retain the sparkle after a few minutes.
CeCe shines as soon as her mouth opens.
Bryn begs her new friend to help her out with the hot guy. Having a crush on the same guy, CeCe knows she doesn't have a snowball's chance after spying the boy eyeing Bryn, so she agrees to help her break the ice. The ice breakage turns into glacier proportions, some of which was difficult for me to read.
One sentence by CeCe had me cheering. For all of his intensity, Emmett was the most vapid character on the pages for being blinded by Bryn. Bryn is a great girl, but not what he's looking for, but he was obsessed with the outside packaging. Emmett is the epitome of vapid- because depth doesn't mean deep talks and writing music, it's first impressions and wanting Bryn without knowing her. Everything he voiced he belied in action.
Emmett is a teenage boy first and foremost. His intensity was a bit over-the-top for me to swallow. How a switch was flipped between the cerebral and the physical- if Bryn took a piece of clothing off, Emmett lost 100 IQ points. Hormones. Idiots. He kept saying he wanted love first, yet he kept jumping Bryn's bones. How can someone so intelligent be so... blind? I can't buy into that. It would take 2 seconds to figure out Bryn had no clue what he was talking about, and it had nothing to do with opening up emotionally. No way. No how. If you say you don't like specific genres of music, that isn't an emotion- that's an opinion. But no alarms sounded in his mind when Bryn in person contradicted Bryn in email? He believed what he wanted to believe, saw what he wanted to see... Emmett was a vapid, vapid boy who was obsessed with being in love... the fake, false, romanticized version of love- the fantasy that is NEVER reality... moving on.
I struggled while reading the novel, having to repeatedly remind myself that Emmett's a boy. I'm a grown woman, and I know a few things, so for a large part of the novel I was strangling my Kindle, envisioning it was the characters. No matter how frustrated I may have been, their actions/reactions were exactly as idiotic, shallow, and book-cover-deep as human nature predicts. Doesn't make them bad, just human.
I don't want to spiral down the rabbit hole where I complain, because I truly loved this angsty gem of a novel. But it was a bit much for my adult mind to find entertaining at times. Teens will go flipping nuts for it, no doubt. Seriously.
I just had a hard time finding the balance between two characters who spewed their intelligence on the pages, being so unintelligent the rest of the time. I can't quote books, and I'm a writer and avid reader. But these athletes, the top of their sports, who write music, play and compose music, know literature better than those who wrote the stories...
Too much maturity and too good at everything, almost making them so deep if felt like they were playacting what they thought was sophisticated, highlighting how shallow it was to want shoes or wear makeup and not be involved in intense conversations about music and literature... Yet they were the most immature and blind of the cast of characters.
Emmett's friend even told the idiot he was catfished- and I was like, hallelujah! We're finished with this fiasco -Emmett just smiled and nodded his head. The genius Emmett... crawling out of that rabbit hole- apologies.
All in all, as I said, I loved it. Teens will find it deliciously angsty. The grown adult in me had a difficult time not shaking the characters and grounding them, teaching them life lessons... because the moral of not messing around with people's emotions and taking responsibility for it was glossed over on the pages... how you're not better than someone else based on your interests... how shaming anyone different is wrong, in order to highlight how right you are. .. how romanticizing love makes it false emotion.
Don't be pretentious.
Signing off before the adult in me lets loose. My apologies.
I want a book featuring Frank, just saying... I think most of the readers would agree.
Girl power! Confession, I loved both CeCe and Bryn, even though I would have a stern talk with them. However, nothing was going to get me to like Emmett. He's the phony type who will repeat this trend for life. That's the grown woman in me talking. Reminds me of Noah from The Affair. LOL!