Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys)

Finished Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.

After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they’ll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she’s been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for.”

This book had me at the “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist meets Easy A.”  I’m a sucker for “It’s this meets this!” if the two “this”es are books or movies that I love.

In this case, the comparison is completely apt.  It’s very fun and also incredibly clever.  I can’t tell you how many times I literally laughed out loud…but it was a lot.

This is a book for people who weren’t super popular in high school but who weren’t also part of the dregs of society.  (Although I think Riley especially was much cooler than I was; she’s in a band!  I was a lot more like Reid who, although in the same band, was much more insecure.)

Bottom line: if you like your love stories sweet but also smart, this is for you.  I now hope to read her other two books, like, NOW.

Highly recommended.

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