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Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Lifestyles, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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When I first met him I resisted. Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.That was a lie. It never faded.And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard. There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us.Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love -- the big, intense, never-been-like-this-beforelove -- landed me in therapy.Now I'm heading to college, and it's time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he's still in my life? Because the one man I've always wanted, and also the only guy I absolutely can't have And he wants me just as fiercely. Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?Reviews: "21 Stolen Kisses captured my heart from the first page and didn't let go. It made my heart ache, leap from joy, and ultimately root for a love that's forbidden yet unstoppable." - NYT Bestselling Author Claire Contreras
I absolutely adored Kennedy and Noah. Kennedy has feelings for Noah, who is older. They try to fight their feelings for a really long time. I completely understood all the emotions that Kennedy had. I think most 17 year olds have conflicting, and confusing, feelings about love. Noah is a stand up guy, and he feels awful for his feelings, but he can’t keep away from Kennedy. She gets him on a level nobody ever has.
I will say I had many stabby feelings. But not toward Kennedy or Noah. They were all reserved for Kennedy’s mom. I really don’t like her, and the things she makes Kennedy hide are awful. I couldn’t imagine growing up the way she did. And her father hasn’t fully dealt with his emotions regarding their split, which makes it so much harder for Kennedy to confide in either of them.
Kennedy’s friends are great. I love that they are there for her when she feels like nobody is. It breaks me heart knowing she has all this hurt inside her.
This is definitely a book that goes through the emotions of a young woman, trying to find herself, her love, and deal with the situation her mother has put her in. I highly recommend it.
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