Friday, April 10, 2015

Kissing Ted Callahan Review

Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 320
Keywords: music, high school, romance
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (thank you!)
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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.
   THE COVER
I love the cover of this, though I wish it would have incorporated a little bit of Reid's adventures with girls because after all, a big part of the book is the manifesto they BOTH write back and forth to one another. Yes, the MC is Riley. But since the front looks handwritten, I wanted it to include Reid too!

   WHY I LIKED IT
This one was just so accurate about high school romances — short-lived, confusing, and full of firsts and weird emotions. I totally loved all of Riley's confusion about who she actually liked (Ted actually wasn't my favorite... but I'll let you discover for yourself among all the other guys in this book! There are plenty to choose from!). It was fun to watch her struggle with her "firsts" and how to actually talk to someone she liked for the first time.
I also want to mention the adorableness that was Reid, who actually adopted a dog by accident for a girl he liked, and he ended up loving the dog and it became a loyal companion throughout the book. This part actually made me laugh out loud.
The voice was the other really strong point of this book, and I laughed out loud several times while reading (which garnered some funny looks since I read the whole thing on a train ride back from Boston). Here's a favorite quote:
"Are you okay?"
He probably thinks I just had a stroke. "I don't smell burnt toast if that's what you're wondering."
Garrick stares at me as blankly as a boy genius can. "You know, they say you smell toast if you have a stroke. 
MORE BLANK STARING. "I didn't have a stroke is what I'm saying."
"I'm glad we cleared that up."
This book was full of fun one-liners and lots of funny interactions and awkwardness, and it totally took me back to freshman year when literally everyone was this panicky and awkward about every interaction with someone they thought was cute and had floppy hair.

   THE SHOCK VALUE
I mean, it's a cute high school contemporary. With the plot in the title. So pretty predictable, but in a good way. It's not one of those books that needs a shock value, really.

   RESERVATIONS?
The only thing I didn't totally love, which I mentioned before, was the fact that I didn't really love Ted. He just didn't have a personality. He didn't like music that much, and he and Riley never really had anything in common or anything to talk about. I just didn't see why she was in love with him, especially since he'd never interacted with her before. I wanted him to be this dreamboat rockstar guy that she admires from afar, but he was just a person with floppy hair she admired from afar and had LITERALLY NO CLUE what he was like at all.

   FINAL THOUGHTS
Excellent book to read on the train. It helped pass the time so quickly, and I laughed a lot because of how realistic a lot of the romance situations are. This was a super fun one, especially if you're a fan of contemporary books and music.

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