Summary (from Goodreads):
“In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.
In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.”
Most of the time when I read a book that I love, I devour it. I can’t stop reading it; I don’t want to leave the world or its characters. I don’t want it to end and I want there to be sequels. Many, many sequels. Thousand page sequels.
Kissing In America is different. I savored it, reading it chapter by chapter. I didn’t want it to end and I knew that every page I turned made that ending so much closer. I’m sure there have been other books like this for me, but I can’t name one right now.
This book is absolutely perfect for me. Eva is a huge reader (although she reads romances, which I tend not to read) and she’s also still dealing with her dad’s death. It’s not a recent loss, so she has a little perspective on the grief, but it’s still very much a thing in her life. Besides that, it’s also all about relationships, and I love those books.
Yes, Eva’s consumed with a crush on Will, but this is just as much about her relationships with her mom and best friend.
I love books that are layered and multi-dimensional and this is the best example of that I’ve read in quite a while.
Highly recommended—but now I need a sequel.