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The Serious Kiss Hardcover – January 1, 2005
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I was forced to face the upsetting fact of my fourteen-year-old life:
I'm on my own. It's up to me to create the life I want. I must be mistress of my destiny or I'll never even skim the surface of normal.
And that's when the whole fiasco began.
One summer day, Libby and her best friend, Nadine, come up with a plan. Before their freshman year is over, they will each experience a serious kiss. Libby already has her ideal boy picked out. Everything is set.
But Libby's beer-guzzling father and fast foodaddict mother have another plan: The family is moving. To the middle of nowhere. Away from all of Libby's friends and all hope of a normal life, much less a boyfriend.
As her life and her family are falling apart, Libby starts to wonder, Is happiness really about being normal? Or is being happy maybe just...being yourself? As she begins to figure out who she is, Libby discovers the most amazing thing of all -- being herself could also be the key to a perfect, incredible, wonderful, serious kiss.
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"This novel celebrates individuality. Because her emotions are honest and her issues are real, it's highly appealing for tween readers." -- WORKING MOTHER MAGAZINE, December/January 2005
- Publisher : HarperTeen; First Edition (January 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060722061
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060722067
- Reading age : 12 - 15 years
- Lexile measure : 670L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.89 x 8.25 inches
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is likeable, smart, funny, vulnerable. The issues she deals with
from start to finish ring absolutely true. I don't think there's been
a better character than Libby since Harry Potter. I hope that the author,
Mary Hogan, is writing like crazy -- can't wait to read more of her books!
But all of her plans are disrupted when her father's drinking leaves him jobless, friendless, and ultimately, their family homeless. Libby's family must pack up and leave the only home she's ever known and move out in the middle of nowhere. She's devastated, humiliated, and hurt. But slowly she'll learn to find peace within herself, and maybe come to find beauty and life in the middle of the desert.
The Serious Kiss is quite an accomplishment of a first novel. It deals with many heavy issues at once in such a way that you can only feel deep empathy for Libby and at the same time deep admiration for her as she's dealt blow after blow, but still manages to bounce back. The characters are all far from perfect, but each is honest and significant. Hogan has a way with details that breathe life into each element of the story, giving the reader a more realistic reading experience. Eye-opening, a bit quirky, humorous, and poignant, The Serious Kiss is the sort of book that won't leave you any time soon, and it'll very easily become a favorite as this resilient heroine still manages to move on and learn to let go.