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Kiss & Make Up by [Anderson, Katie D.]
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This successful debut delivers chick-lit fun and a bit of depth, all served up with a dash of ESP. Fourteen-year-old Emerson cares about two things: cosmetics, especially lip gloss, and finding a suitable boyfriend. She always struggled with school, but now she’s close to failing. Her aunt, struggling financially, threatens to pull her out of her high-priced private school if her grades don’t improve. But Emerson has a strange ability: She can read minds when she kisses someone, so the panic-stricken teen decides to use it to her academic advantage. Kissing one of the school’s math geeks zooms mathematics into her head, and she aces her next test. She devises a plan to kiss all the nerdy boys and thereby fill in her academic needs, but she winds up falling for one of them. Trouble ensues when he discovers her kissing promiscuity, and Emerson finally realizes she’s done wrong. Anderson writes with a light touch but fleshes out her characters nicely. She keeps her focus on Emerson’s guilt about using the boys and gives her a difficult family history—her mother committed suicide—investing her story with some emotional intensity. Although the book easily can appeal to the chick-lit audience with its constant search for those elusive boyfriends, some school rivalries and, especially, the overarching importance of cosmetics in life, those looking for more won’t go away unsatisfied. Fun, funny and thoughtful. (Paranormal chick-lit. 12 & up) Kirkus, Septermber 2012


A kiss is but a kiss—unless 16-year-old lip gloss fanatic Emerson Taylor is the one puckering up. When Emerson kisses someone, she can see into his or her mind. Her secret gift mostly generates anxiety, until she discovers that kissing smart boys, aka “Ivys,” can help her academic performance. Emerson plans to smooch her way to better grades (a fairly depressing premise) and stay enrolled at her pricey prep school, bolstered by a supply of lip gloss from her aunt Arch, a cosmetics rep who has been raising Emerson and her sister since their mother disappeared. Roadblocks pop up as Emerson fights with her sister and her boy-crazy BFF, starts to develop a reputation (due to all her kissing), and falls in love with the nerdiest Ivy of them all. Debut author Anderson, to her credit, uses this fun premise to get at deeper issues of teenage curiosity, identity, and self-doubt, as her characters play smartly off one another, and Emerson learns that the supernatural path to success isn’t necessarily the best one. Publisher's Weekly, Ages 12–up. (Oct. 2012)


Sixteen-year-old Emerson Taylor can read peoples’ minds, but only while kissing them. Since the day her mother disappeared, she has had this gift, but upon reaching “kissing age,” it has made her life more complicated. When she receives her partners’ mind-shots, she is also able to gain some of their knowledge. After a miserable first kissing experience causes her to take a two-year hiatus, Emerson finally devises a way to use her talent to her advantage. Faced with failing grades that threaten her school placement, she decides to kiss her way to academic success. All goes well until she starts to fall for one of the boys, a situation for which she had never planned. When he finds out about the others, Emerson has to face her predicament head on if she has any hope of saving her first real relationship. Descriptions of various hues of makeup are used cleverly to tie the narrative together. The situations and reactions ring true for this age group. If this debut novel is any indication of Anderson’s talent, it portends well for her future.–School Library Journal, Colleen Banick, Westport Public Schools, CT Nov 2012

About the Author

Katie D. Anderson lives in the literary mecca of Oxford, Mississippi, where she believes she inhaled the desire to write from one of the trees lining William Faulkner’s front yard — that, or she ate it in the batter of fried pickles. She can’t be sure. When she’s not writing, Katie can be found hanging out with her husband, their two daughters, and one adorable dog. Kiss & Make Up is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3704 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076146316X
  • Publisher: Skyscape (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OHXSA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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