- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Corgi Childrens (2 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552560979
- ISBN-13: 978-0552560979
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,311,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kiss, Date, Love, Hate Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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Lex is a great character; she's sarcastic, rebellious and hates school. To begin with I thought it was just because she was a bit of a brat but there is a really good reason behind her behaviour and I didn't see it coming. I since re-read bits of Kiss, Date, Love, Hate since and the way Luisa Playa has woven everything together is impressive. Once you know you can spot it but until then it's really not obvious and I'm not spoiling it. It's one of the highlights of the book and makes Kiss, Date, Love, Hate a highly recommendable read.
All the characters are in-depth, varied and I thought that the adult characters were believable, adding to the story, particularly Mr Trench. There are some laugh-out-loud-moments (such as the Chair of Doom) and Lex's commentary is really entertaining.
The whole idea of this story is great. I mean if you could change your friends in a video game and see the results - wouldn't you just?
It tells the story of Lex, a girl who seems to always be in trouble with her teachers, and isn't enjoying school at the moment - her friends are in a tangled web of boyfriends and preparing for GCSEs and arguments that stem from those aforementioned points.
Her geeky friend, George helps his father with game testing, and Lex just so happens to come over when he's fiddling around with a new game called Pygmalion. Much like The Sims or Second Life, you can make your own avatar with extremely personalised settings, but this game is different. Now, while any changes you make to your avatar on The Sims stay on your hard drive, Pygmalion actually affects your real life. Eyes change colour, bodies become curvier, and relationships really do change according to what you put into the game.
Whilst on a film course during a school break, Lex begins to notice these changes, and while she enjoys them at first, they soon go out of control. Her ex-boyfriend becomes a bit too lovey-dovey for her tastes, and the personality changes in her friends aren't always as desirable as they first seem. It all culminates in a massively uncontrollable situation that Lex has to try and defuse near the end of the book, seeing as the game's settings will lock up and become permanent if she doesn't.
I really loved the main character, Lex. She's witty, funny, and I found the 'reveal' near the end of the book to be really quite touching. All the characters feel rather human, to be honest, led into stupid situations and then having to pay for the consequences... that's teenagers for you!
The prose reminded a lot of the Ally's World series, the extremely popular (well, when I was a teenager anyway) British novels about an eccentric girl and her family in friends. In fact, Lex isn't to dissimilar to Ally herself. It was a fun little trip down memory lane, to say the least.
I would have loved to read this book as a teenager, though I really enjoyed it as an adult. Great characters, and an interesting idea done just right. My only complaint would be that the ending was a little bit too vague, and I wanted to find out about the Pygmalion game and why it was affecting real life so much, but hey. 4.5/5.
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