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1,000 REASONS NEVER TO KISS A BOY by Martha Freeman


by Martha Freeman

Age Range: 12 - 16

Pub Date: June 15th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2044-5
Publisher: Holiday House

Sixteen-year-old Jane has had it with boys. After she discovers her boyfriend Eliot making out with another girl in the cooler at the bagel store where they both work, she decides that she will pen her manifesto—“a thousand reasons never to kiss a boy.” Jane recounts the relationship’s past occurrences and stumbles upon its undoing, which should be no surprise to the reader; though Jane is blind to Eliot’s glaring faults, even a marginally perceptive reader will immediately pick up his less-than-honorable intentions. Jane’s relationship with Eliot is fairly typical; Eliot is a stereotypical teenaged male character who is only interested in himself and “one thing.” Jane struggles to make the choice to bend to peer pressure and “do it,” and wrestles introspectively about her impending choice. This solid chick-lit submission is predictably formulaic, from its pedestrian plot to its calculable characters. Nonetheless, it’s a wholesome read that will undoubtedly be popular with female teen readers. (Fiction. 12-16)