Blog Tour: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

Posted July 11, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen
Published by HarperTeen on June 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.

Until Claire meets Luke.

But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.

With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.

In her moving debut, Rachael Allen brilliantly captures the complexities of friendship, the struggles of self-discovery, and the difficulties of trying to find love in high school. Fans of Sarah Ockler, Susane Colasanti, and Stephanie Perkins will fall head over heels for this addictive, heartfelt, and often hilarious modern love story.


I went into this expecting something light and fun.  I got so much more, and I loved it!

I love Claire/CJ’s character.  Even though things are a mess at home she has a confidence that I don’t think I could muster.  She manages to keep her grades up, be there for her family, and be there for her friends when they allow her to.  She struggles with moral, and friendship, problems throughout the book.  I think that is something all teens can relate to.  I know I did when I was that age.

I love all the topics covered in this book.  Some of the issues aren’t direct to CJ’s story, but they are highlighted on, and I think the way things were handled was great.  I also love the friendship aspect.  I know when I was in school there was always some kind of jealousy among friends.  It could range from being friends with other people, boys, and even academics.  CJ learns a lot about all these facets throughout the book.  There were some situations that had my in tears.  Not just because I could connect, but because as a mom, some of these things were similar to things that I’ve experienced.

I highly recommend this to all readers.  17 First Kisses shows the importance of family, friends, and figuring out who you are.  Loved every minute of it.



Katrina Sig



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About Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she’s working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she’s not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses…luckily she doesn’t kiss and tell.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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