A Young Adult tearjerker romance that left me feeling more emotional for my lost time than for any of the characters. Sappy moments and over the top cheese just had me wishing it was over.
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
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.
A stand-alone young adult tearjerker romance, recommended for ages fourteen and up.
I’m not going into too much depth with this one because I don’t want to go off on a rant or something. I don’t like being negative. So many people have loved this book and I’m just really sad I couldn’t. I started out expecting to love this book. I love tearjerkers and I love YA romance. I have loved books like this in the past. I just didn’t feel a connection with this book at all. I had maybe one moment in the book that I liked and that was the story about God that I had heard before.
“Live hard, love harder. Chase dreams, seek adventures … capture moments. Live beautifully.”
Am I just not in the mood for cheese? I don’t know. I like some cheese, but I just felt like the characters were so unrealistic. The characters did not think or speak like teenagers and were just portrayed in a strange way. It seemed like the more I read of their dialogues, the more I felt this way. It was far fetched to say the least. I don’t mind far fetched plots. I love them from time to time, but where I draw the line are the characters. The characters in books I read must be realistic and straightforward. I love raw characters who you can absolutely fall in love with because of their honesty. That’s the characters I look for in books. I didn’t feel that connection one time in this book.
“Why be miserable when you can be happy? It’s an obvious choice to me.”
Okay enought with the negative. There were still some things I liked or found fascinating. Rune and Poppy are such unique names. I loved all the name choices. Grandma was so sad, but that was such a wonderful part of the story, a part I found very unique. The “Boy Kisses” piece was a mystery to me until Grandma explained. The idea of the love being contained in a jar for you to remember for your entire life is so sweet to me. I wonder if that was something Tillie Cole’s family came up with or some kind of tradition she had heard of or if it was all in her head. I liked the idea behind the story.
I had it marked as 1 star on Goodreads at first, but I decided since I was able to finish it I would up the rating to 2 stars to be more fair.
I’m sorry guys for going all negative, but this was just too sappy, cheesy and completely unrealistic. I did not get emotional in the slightest. I did not connect. I also felt like this was a knock off of a couple of other books just put together.
I wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t. Thanks for bearing with me for my unpopular opinion.
With my love by the train tracks… I felt like my heart would burst.