First Kiss (then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments
First Kiss (then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments
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Annotation: Twenty-five best-selling young adult authors share stories about their first kiss. Includes quotations, facts, advice, and illustrations.
Genre: Short stories
Catalog Number: #25092
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 212 p.
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-599-90241-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-18513-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-599-90241-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-18513-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2007042365
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This entertaining collection of true "first kiss" stories by popular YA authors arrives just in time for Valentine's Day. The risk of veering into groan-worthy,  "when-I-was-your-age" territory always exists when adults reminisce about their teen years, but these authors treat their own stories with the same freshness and respect with which they approach their YA novels. The stories include Deb Caletti's thrilling and empowering kiss, "as right as warm sidewalks and plums bought at roadside stands"; Cecil Castelucci's secret and slightly shameful smooches with a bad boy; and Justine Larbalestier's disgusting yet hilarious drunken kiss on a floating dock. Some stories are poems, one is a play, and a few are in comic form; despite the reality-based entries and mix of forms, the collection is classified as fiction. Kissing quotes and facts are interspersed, making this a good collection for browsing. The reader will finish this volume and know that whether a first kiss is anticipated or unexpected, dreamy or forgettable, this rite of passage provokes a complex mix of fear, excitement, and relief.
Kirkus Reviews
The bonbon factor is high in this collection of splendid YA authors writing about the inexhaustible subject of kissing. Spiced up with lists like "the top ten worst pre-kiss foods" and quotations from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Joey Adams, they range from funny to touching to gross while maintaining their lighter-than-air confectionery quality. Nikki Grimes offers a hilarious little poem, and Jon Scieszka writes even more hilariously and then lets you know that, "*All names have been mangled by time and memory." Paul Ruditis offers a scrap of Shakespeare-inspired dialogue, in which Mercutio and Romeo discover they want to kiss each other. Roz Chast is in fine form; David Levithan submits a mini graphic novel, with pictures by Nick Eliopulos, asking, "What exactly IS a first kiss?" Alyson Noel has the best title in "Tattooed Love Boys," but the most delicious story is Shannon and Dean Hale sharing a he said/she said about their first kiss with each other. Donna Jo Napoli almost overbalances the whole collection, because her "So Many First Kisses" is so powerfully erotic, it unashamedly focuses on how that kiss makes you feel in your blood and bones. Should have enormous appeal. (Anthology. YA)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Was it magical, momentous, and completely earth-shattering? Or was it sloppy and self-conscious? Cecil Castellucci realizes that bad boys can be good kissers. Lisa Papademetriou relives being a Texas girl at a Vermont summer camp-and one momentous night in the woods. Amy Kim Ganter draws her first kiss with her future husband in full comic-book form. And those are just a few of the many stories in First Kiss (Then Tell) , a collection of anecdotes, poems, cartoons, and stories that are altogether hilarious, heartwarming, and memorable-just as a first kiss should be. This unique collection features pieces from today's hottest young-adult authors, and is packed with extras like kissing advice, trivia, and favorite quotes. First Kiss (Then Tell) will make readers want to relive their own magical moments all over again-or imagine what it might be like someday . ..

For John / Deb Coletti
First last kiss / Micol Ostow
Bad reputation / Cecil Castellucci
Yeah, I know / Jon Scieszka
The third first kiss / Amy Kim Ganter
Our first kiss (with each other) / Shannon and Dean Hale
Breathless / Nikki Grimes
You can take the girl out of Texas--- / Lisa Papademetriou
Improvisation / Paul Ruditis
Read our lips / Leslie Margolis and Sarah Mlynowski
Public service announcement / Robin Wasserman
My first kiss(es) / Roz Chast
Independence, Missouri / Naomi Shihab Nye
Pashin', or The worst kiss ever / Justine Larbalestier
Tattooed love boys / Alyson Noel
A brief history of first kisses / David Levithan and Nick Eliopulos
Braces / Scott Westerfeld.

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