KISSING VANESSA by Simon Cheshire


Age Range: 14 & up
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Fifteen-year-old Kevin falls in love at first sight and does everything wrong in this sidesplitting romp through adolescent love. Kevin deliberately fades into the background until a rich, talented, drop-dead gorgeous girl moves to his school. At first Vanessa seems to like Kevin, but his efforts to win her love always backfire hilariously. In desperation he turns to his friend Jack, who is such a babe magnet that he’s writing a book on how to get girls. Kevin puts himself under Jack’s tutelage with Monty Python–like disastrous results. He alienates Vanessa’s famous parents first, and finally Vanessa. Can Kevin overcome his obsession, or will he finally achieve his seemingly impossible goal? The expertly written British humor here can easily appeal to American readers. Most YA comedies make you smile. This one makes you laugh out loud. It’s flat-out uproarious. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2004
ISBN: 0-385-73212-0
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2004


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