Kiss & Break Up by Kate Kingsley

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Half term may be over but the chaos has just begun. Mr Logan has run off and eloped with Miss Sharkreve leaving the Lower Sixth with a new housemistress - the tyrannical, catty Mrs Dicks. And with the rules getting tighter at St Cecilia's the students are getting way more creative in finding ways to break them - especially as they're all feeling a bit frisky.

Tally, broken hearted and on the rebound, sets her sights on safe bet Rando, while Alice and Tristan decide to take their relationship to the next level. Things between Dylan and Jasper are seriously heating up - could she finally have found a guy who won't disappoint her?

As tensions reach an explosive high, a pool party at Rando's country estate should be just the thing to cool everyone down. Or will it push the temperature up a notch?

This is the type of book you’ll enjoy if you like series like Gossip Girl – stories about mean, vain and rich girls, stories that are stupendously ridiculous. This book left me asking many questions. Do so many private schoolkids really drink hard liquor? Is it actually possible that many sets of parents are always holidaying in Paris and not actually raising their children? Does any sixteen-year-old really treat relationships and sex so casually? And since when is any sixteen-year-old so glamorous and self-assured?

So the series is totally preposterous, and there are a lot of themes (drug use, drinking, sex, and so on) that wouldn’t be suitable for young teens or those with objections to those themes. At times while reading I actually enjoyed it a bit, looking past the totally exaggerated characters and getting into the story, but after I finished reading it felt like a waste of time – I didn’t particularly like the characters or empathise with their struggles (their main concerns were getting as drunk as possible and getting laid, and that’s not really to my tastes).

I’d probably only recommend this book to older teenaged girls who are comfortable with the themes mentioned earlier, and who enjoy books like Gossip Girl – something melodramatic and frivolous. While they’re not really my cup of tea, judging by the success of Gossip Girl and similar series there are massive market for books like these. I think in terms of the market this book has been written for, it’s actually a decent read. It’s entertaining and fast-paced, and I prefer it to Gossip Girl novels I’ve read.

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