Title: Five Days, Five Kisses
Author: Angela Carling
Release Date: January 2018
Length: 257 pages
What could be more awkward than getting dumped at graduation….kissing five strangers to get over it! Nikola Jensen hates endings, like when her parents told her they were splitting up, or when she was forced to leave her first love and idyllic lake home to move to the barren desert of Arizona. So, two years later when her high school boyfriend Sam, publicly breaks her heart, Nikola can’t seem to let go. To help her move on Nikola’s best friends, Liberty and Maya create the absurd Five Days, Five Kisses plan. All she has to do is kiss a new guy every day for five days and Sam will be a distant memory. Five Days, kissing five strangers. What could possibly go wrong?
This was a fun, light, and quick read! Perfect to kick off spring break or summer with.
I enjoyed the relationship Nikola had with each of her friends, Liberty and Maya. Liberty is analytical to the extreme, and Maya is more in tune with emotions. Regardless, both girls have her back and are fiercely loyal. Between the two of them, they set Nikola up on a date each night after her boyfriend breaks up with her on graduation.
While some of the convos and dates were a little improbable, I can say if it were me, my friends would have totally been Liberty and Maya and I would have been forced to go along with the five kisses in five days theory. Honestly, I can’t say after the first kiss I would be needing to be forced. 🙂 It does sound like an adventure – and fun!!
I also really loved Nikola’s reflection on her relationship and what she was forced to give up when she started dating said loser ex-boyfriend. Her realization about herself was not something I expected and I’m so glad Carling made a point to include that in the book.
Overall, a great book about strong teen friendships in a positive light!
I was born and raised in Palm Springs, California and after living in several different states ended up back in yet another desert in Arizona, where I reside with my husband, three kids and five cats. We’ve now lived here for ten years and haven’t melted yet, although we have fried eggs on the sidewalk. We love to escape to our cabin in the mountains or to my favorite place, the beach. I have several obsessions, including my passion for all kinds of music and my inability to stop buying cheap jewelry. I am often caught singing in public bathrooms, just for the acoustics, or rollerblading through my neighborhood while singing loudly to whatever is playing on my iPod. I love to have lots of flowers in my garden and shiny things in my house. My favorite holiday of all (going along with the shiny things theme) is Christmas. All in all, I consider myself the luckiest, most blessed person alive and am so happy to have this opportunity to write and also to share my writing with other people!