Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb Published by Harper
on May 26th, 2015 Genres: Coming of Age
, Love & Romance
, Young Adult Format:
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I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldn’t be broken. I loved that security, that guaranteed love.
In real life, you never knew the ending. I hated that.
Sixteen-year-old Eva has never been in love. But when she meets Will, everything changes. With him, her grief over her father’s death fades, and she can escape from her difficult relationship with her mother. Then, without any warning, Will picks up and moves to California. So Eva—with the help of her best friend, Annie—concocts a plan to travel across the country to see him again. As they leave New York City for the first time and road-trip across America, they encounter cowboys, kudzu, and tiny towns without stoplights. Along the way, Eva and Annie learn the truth about love and all its complexities.
About the Author
Margo Rabb’s stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She received grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic Monthly fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. A complete list of her published work can be found here.
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“Wonderful . . . Margo Rabb has created nothing less than a women’s map of American mythologies, navigating from Emily Dickinson to Barbara Cartland, from the cowboys of the rodeos to the makeup studios of Hollywood, and from the bottom of the Atlantic to the spacious skies of the USA.” — E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars
“A wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence and the inner lives of girls. Margo Rabb writes with compassion and clarity about lives that are worth telling, journeys that need to be taken, peace that needs to be reached. I loved it.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray Love
“That Margo Rabb can write a story so gorgeous, funny, and joyous that is also unsentimental and honest is a testament to her skill and to her heart. I loved everything about Eva and the supporting cast in this beautiful novel.” — Sara Zarr, author of The Lucy Variations
“Rabb eloquently gets grief right in this compassionate, perceptive, and poignant story, deftly leavened with irreverent humor, of a girl in conflict with her mother. Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting-not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“With a full cast of multidimensional characters, this novel explores the complex nature of relationships and the many faces of grief and love with equal parts humor and poignancy.” — School Library Journal
“A smart teen’s novel. [The] characters are authentic and complex. Rabb knows the perfect point to interject humor to diffuse a potentially devastating situation—a leavening of sorts to the reality that death and love inexplicitly alter the landscape of a person’s life.” — Booklist (starred review)
“In this indelible coming-of-age story, Rabb seamlessly weaves together multiple narratives. Sprinkled with the poetry Eva reads and writes, this story makes for a hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Humor and depth . . . Often entertainingly snarky” — The Horn Book
“It is a marvel and I love every word of it: the carefully structured plot, the memorable characters, the wholly apposite style and tone. It is funny, sad, wistful, wise, and altogether memorable.” — Michael Cart
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The Dream Cast:
Meet Jennifer Stone, the magical co-star of Selena Gomez on Wizards of Waverly Place.
Why Jennifer? Well, to me, she could totally tackle all of Eva’s emotional scenes with huge ease: the tears, the smiles, the unique experiences Eva has all over the country. Plus, can’t you just see Jennifer with her nose in a romance novel? I think she would play Eva with the right amount of innocence and growth. She’d take this character and her flaws and would effortlessly play her with much emotional capacity, bringing to life the quirky teenage girl that is the essence of Eva.
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I met Nick Robinson on the set of the 5th Wave Movie. He’s a really great guy, and though I know that from personal experience, I still think he could play independent and nerdy Will with ease. The character of Will has much tragedy in his life, and Nick has played a broken character many times before. He rocks the nerdy but popular look, which is what Eva notices about Will the first time she meets him. Can’t you just see Nick playing Will, sitting in a little cafe and writing in a journal, slowly sipping coffee?
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Everyone’s favorite Pretty Little Liar, Shay Mitchell, is my dream cast for Annie, Eva’s genius and fun-loving best friend. The character of Annie goes on a game show and rocks a cross-country road trip with her best friend, and I can see Shay Mitchell having fun with this side-character, especially since Shay’s probably used to lots of crazy thrills and dangerous situations on PLL. If I were Shay, I’d definitely take a break from the A Game and be on a game show in California from the plot of Kissing in America.
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Oh hey, it’s another PLL star: Laura Leighton, who plays the uptight mother of our favorite blonde liar, Hanna Marin. Laura could totally become the strict, nervous, and shut-down mom of Eva from Kissing in America, the single parent left after a huge family tragedy. I think Laura and Jennifer Stone could act out some real mother-daughter fights together, and Laura would for sure be able to play such a strong women in Eva’s life.
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I shouldn’t really have to explain this one. Eva’ aunt, Janet, is a germophobic, odd, eccentric, strong, and weird woman who isn’t afraid to tell her niece about STDS. Tina Fey would LOVE and embody this character with her cheeky SNL comedy, and her past role as a teacher on Mean Girls could only prepare her for the role of Janet.
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Well, there you go: my dream cast for Kissing in America and a review. I want to give my thanks to Patricia Lopez and Anasheh Satoorian, fellow bloggers, for allowing me to participate in my first blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club and to HarperCollins for supplying my ARC. Thanks for such a fun, new experience! Check out the rest of the tour schedule here.