Title- A Thousand Boy Kisses
Author- Tillie Cole
Genre- YA contemporary
POV- dual POV, first person
Trope- cancer (yes, I know it isn’t a trope, but it kind of feels like it sometimes)
I wasn’t expecting this story based off the cover. Yes the bar of hearts is there but the colors made me assume it would be a happy go lucky YA romance. That was not it at all.
Comps– A Walk to Remember
One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime. One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe. When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation? Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Prologue- Rune moved from Norway to Georgia at age five and meets Poppy
Chapter 1- On her death bed, Poppy’s grandma gives her a task to fill a jar of a thousand special boy kisses, the ones that make her heart burst. And at age 9 she receives her first kiss with neighbor Rune.
Character Development- Rune needs to find his light again
Best part- the beginning
What I would change- the epilogue
Quote- there were lots of good ones but they felt almost too spiritual/preachy so I didn’t write them down
Setting- high school, their homes
Theme- stages ofgrief, living life to the fullest
Vivid sensory descriptions- yes
Dialogue- they use each other’s names too often where it felt awkward and unnatural
Inclusivity- I don’t recall any representation of characters who were gay. Rune is Norwegian, so their culture was shown a bit, otherwise everyone seemed America-white from Georgia
Conflict/tension/obstacles- acceptance/letting go
Thoughts while reading-
Page 49- he’s not really fighting it much either
Page 114- well that sucks
Halfway- hopefully this book will break me.
Page 200- things are a bit repetitive, predictable & preachy here
Page 318 got me. Briefly. But it got me.
Ending- the message of the epilogue didn’t seem healthy or smart to show teens