Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: The Things You Kiss Goodbye

The Things You Kiss Goodbye

The Things You Kiss Goodbye
Author: Leslie Conner
Release DateJune 24, 2014
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
Rating4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

I must say this book genuinely surprised me. I really didn't pay too much attention to the description so I didn't really know what to expect. What I got wasn't what I was expecting but I'm okay with that.  

I found Bettina to be a very interesting character due to her family heritage and the way she changed as a character. Bettina grew up in a strict household with strict rules. No dating. No staying after school. But after she meets Brady, things begin to change and as the rules change Bettina does as well. I could relate somewhat to Bettina. My dad was pretty strict growing up, not nearly as strict as Bettina's but strict enough. I may or may not have snuck out every now and then or told a few lies about where I was going and who with. I did get a little frustrated with Bettina when Brady started treating her badly. But I did enjoy seeing her family dynamic and her interactions with Cowboy. I also loved that she had no idea she was basically rich. She wasn't a spoiled rich kid and I loved that.

I liked Brady in the beginning. I thought he was a sweet, shy guy but somewhere along the way he became a complete jerk. I was taken off guard by his drastic change. I wanted to punch him several times and if I had been Bettina I would have.

Cowboy was lovable. He had a great personality and treated Bettina so well. I did find the way they met and talked to be a bit unusual but overall I enjoyed their relationship.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye was a relatively quick read for me. It's an average size book at 368 pages but I went through quickly. The pacing was good and held my attention throughout but really picked up at the end. The tragedy caught me completely off guard. I knew something was going to happen but I was surprised by what did.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye is a story about first love, first loss, finding yourself, and loving your family even when they make it impossibly difficult. An entertaining read!


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