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The Kissing Booth
Kissing Booth Series, Book 1
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NOW A NETFLIX MOVIE STARRING JOEY KING AND JACOB ELORDI! Read the first book in the Kissing Booth series for some fun, fresh romance from Beth Reekles. Meet Rochelle “Elle” Evans:...
NOW A NETFLIX MOVIE STARRING JOEY KING AND JACOB ELORDI! Read the first book in the Kissing Booth series for some fun, fresh romance from Beth Reekles. Meet Rochelle “Elle” Evans:...
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  • NOW A NETFLIX MOVIE STARRING JOEY KING AND JACOB ELORDI! Read the first book in the Kissing Booth series for some fun, fresh romance from Beth Reekles.
    Meet Rochelle “Elle” Evans: pretty, popular—and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile—and a total player.
    When Elle decides to run a kissing booth at her school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer. This romance seems far from a fairy tale.
    Is Elle headed for heartbreak or will she get her happily ever after?
    Don’t miss the next two books in the series:
    -The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance 
    -The Kissing Booth #3: One Last Time (on sale August 2021)

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  • Chapter One Excerpt copyright © 2012 by Beth Reeks. Published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved.
     
    We were working on the banner for the kissing booth. The letters were cut out and Lee had smoothed the edges; we just needed to paint them and then nail them onto the booth itself. We had some decorations back at my house, and the posters were ready too. We also had a couple of boards with the price on.

    ‘Everybody’s been asking me all week what happened with you and Cody,’ Lee said to me. It was after school on Wednesday afternoon. We needed to hurry our asses up to get everything ready to set the booth up on Friday night.

    ‘You haven’t said anything too incriminating?’

    ‘I haven’t told them the truth, no,’ he laughed, dunking his brush into the pink paint again. ‘I don’t know why you said you were sick though.’

    ‘It was believable,’ I defended myself. ‘First thing I thought of.’

    ‘Yeah, I guess. But loads of the guys reckon it’s Noah scaring him off.’

    ‘He did look pretty threatening when I was waiting for Cody,’ I admitted, printing with my lipstick sponge onto one of the already dry letters.

    Lee shrugged. It was a little while before he broke the silence again. ‘Shelly . . .’

    ‘Yeah?’

    ‘Does he ever scare you? I mean . . . I know he’s not quite the Incredible Hulk or anything, but he can lose his temper kinda quickly.’

    ‘That’s just the way he is. I grew up with him around. He couldn’t scare me – I know that he’s . . . intimidating . . .’

    ‘I guess,’ Lee said, nodding. Suddenly he dropped his paintbrush into the pot, splattering me with pastel-pink paint – my face, my blouse, my tie, my hair . . .

    Lee!’ I screamed.

    ‘Sorry!’

    I grabbed a brush and dunked it into the pot of black, totally prepared to flick it over Lee. But something cold and wet landed on my face and neck as he flicked me again, making me jump so much that I dropped my paintbrush, leaving a trail down my front.

    Lee spluttered before collapsing into laughter. I scowled at him, waiting for him to stop.

    ‘It’s not funny, Lee!’

    ‘Yes it is! You sh-sh-should’ve s-seen your . . . your face!’ He was holding his side now. I glared and grabbed my bag. ‘W-where you going?’

    ‘The locker rooms to wash this crap off of my face,’ I snapped. ‘And stop laughing!’
    ‘I can’t help it!’ he gasped, bent double. ‘Your face!’

    I stormed out, slamming the door behind me. I thought I had a spare blouse in my locker. We’d be going for a burger later and I did not want to go out looking like a Picasso.

    I always thought the locker rooms at school were really weird: a big communal corridor, with notices and stuff pinned up, which led to the ‘fitness suite’, with its treadmills and weights, and the fields outside. The girls’ were on the far left, the boys’ on the right.

    Just as I came into the corridor, the whole football team poured through the door. I’d already yanked off my tie and undone another button; I hadn’t stopped to think I might not be alone.
    The boys all slowed down seeing me, and I stopped in my tracks.

    And then the laughter...

About the Author-

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    Beth Reekles is seventeen years old and lives in South Wales. She is studying physics, math, French, and Spanish and hopes to study physics in college. She is an undeniable bookworm and an avid drinker of tea. Beth first published The Kissing Booth on the Wattpad platform, where it is the most-viewed, most-commented-on teen fiction title on the site, with 19 million reads and 40,000 comments to date. It also won the Most Popular Teen Fiction Watty Award. You can find her on Twitter at @Reekles.

Reviews-

  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 13, 2013
    British teen author Reekles's debut novel began life (and gained popularity) on the self-publishing Web site Wattpad, before being acquired for U.S. publication in a three-book deal that includes a planned sequel. The story revolves around 16-year-old Rochelle "Elle" Evans's conflicted relationship with Noah Flynn, the (self-described) "bad boy" older brother of her longtime best friend, Lee. In just one week, Elle goes from having her first kiss to losing her virginity to Noah (off camera), then keeps their affair secret from everyone, including Lee. Readers may be drawn in by the forbidden romance, but Elle comes across every bit as vulnerable and naïve as Noah likes to tell her she is. Despite an eventual and unrealistic transformation on Noah's part, their power-imbalanced relationship is more upsetting than alluring: Noah has warned guys to stay away from Elle for years to "protect" her, chastises her for dressing too provocatively, and regularly uses his charms to manipulate or distract her. A lightly developed supporting cast and a slow pace further undermine an effort that doesn't live up to its potential. Ages 14–up.

  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2013
    Sixteen and never-been-kissed Elle is unprepared for the fallout from her brief stint working in a kissing booth. When Noah turns up as her first and only customer at the carnival booth, their kiss is more than either could have predicted. Unfortunately, as her best friend Lee's older brother, Noah is off-limits. Elle's resolve to honor this quickly crumbles when Noah confesses his feelings for her. Determined not to hurt her friendship with Lee, Elle demands that their romance stay a secret. Naturally, their clandestine activity is soon discovered, resulting in hurt feelings all around. Furthermore, jealous, narcissistic and with a tendency toward violence, Noah is far from the perfect boyfriend that Elle envisioned. Cardboard characters, a predictable plot and painful dialogue are only a few of the problems plaguing this too-familiar story. While Elle and Noah's romance is sufficiently steamy, readers will grow tired of the couple's incessant bickering. Elle's girl-next-door persona is endearing, but her continuing naivete about Noah's true nature in the face of mounting evidence is implausible. The overlarge cast of secondary characters doing their best to populate a featureless setting is confusing. Initially presented on Wattpad and picked up with much hoopla by Random House, this unfortunate debut from a young author is in desperate need of a firmer editorial hand. Lacking in everything but length. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2013

    Gr 9 Up-Elle and Lee have the perfect coed relationship: a best friend to shop with, stand up for you when others put you down, finish your sentences, and never ever-even for the slightest second-consider crossing the line between friendship and romance. Then Elle falls for Lee's older brother, and their friendship is put to the ultimate test. Kissing Booth is both predictable and deeply implausible. These kids have drunken parties, sleepovers at one another's houses without calling home, and sex within days of starting a relationship, and seem to wear the least amount of clothing possible at all times. Teens are likely to be turned off by this book as it paints them as irresponsible, unintelligent, and emotionally stunted on nearly every page. Simply put, today's young adults deserve a little more credit. The pacing of the novel leaves a lot to be desired, as there are several instances in which a plotline absorbs 30 to 40 pages of rising action only to fizzle in two to three anticlimactic pages. The poor writing and flawed characters can be forgiven, but the glorification of a controlling boyfriend as the ideal male is both insulting to women and a dangerous message to be sending girls.-Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, OR

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    June 1, 2013
    Grades 9-12 Elle, the classic girl next door, actually lives a 10-minute walk away from her best friend Lee's house. Together they plan a student councilsponsored kissing booth for the upcoming school fair. There's nothing romantic about her relationship with Lee, and it's just as well, because his older brother, Noah, is hot stuff. Everyone knows it, and try as Elle might to get Noah to participate in the booth, he refuses. Little does she know, he won't do it because the only kisses he wants to receive are from her. Seventeen-year-old debut author Reekles makes quick work of getting her couple together, and the rest is all blistering smooches and sneaking around. Some aspects of this romance are problematic. The heroine is fully aware of the hero's hotheaded nature, and regards his possessive-to-the-point-of-violent behavior (though never toward her, we are repeatedly assured) as a sexy quirk of his personality. However, this work is nothing if not a frilly flight of fancy, coated with the finest in cavity-inducing sugar. Pucker up. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Teenage author? Discovered among the self-published ranks? It's the kind of story the media drools over, which means sky-high awareness and a full-court press.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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