Review: 17 first kisses + Giveaway!

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No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.Until Claire meets Luke.But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.

REVIEW
 
This book did really surprise me. I mean it looks like a typical YA summer romance but it is so much more than that. The book talks about relationships and all its complexities. It deals with serious issues like depression, death, cheating, dealing with pain and whatnot. It is realistic and I like how Claire’s family dynamics are described. 
 
All the characters are very well developed even the secondary ones and they all have a purpose. What I really liked was that not all of them are particularly like able. They have flaws and that makes the book stand out among the others in this genre.
 
There is a bit of slut-shaming in the book and it may get some people annoyed but really I felt that it was realistic. Teenagers were behaving how teenagers behave. They are not pretentious or too good to be true. Thank God! I’m done with High School and all its drama.
 
Claire is a complex character. You feel her pain and sympathize with her situation. You feel proud of her for being such a wonderful sister and daughter but then she makes some stupid choices and it gets you annoyed. Though, her character shows growth in the end and that’s all I ever ask for. 
 
This book had me in dilemma. I was never this unsure about my feelings before. I still am not sure how I feel about Megan and her friendship with Claire. But even when I was shaking my head at things they were doing. I still enjoyed the book. Their friendship is NOT perfect, not even close but somehow they make sense. Let’s leave it at that. Its difficult writing flawed characters but the writer pulls it off effortlessly. Kudos to her! 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she’s working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she’s not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses…luckily she doesn’t kiss and tell.

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