How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington: a cute, fluffy read!

Title: how to keep a boy from kissing youHow to Keep a Boy From Kissing You

Author: Tara Eglington

Genre: YA contemporary

Length: 384 pages

Published by: HarperTeen Australia

Source: I bought it!


Sweet sixteen and never been kissed – and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding Potential Princes ™ for her two best friends, counseling her sensitive New Age dad and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mum. But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s life. Smart, funny, and always around to see her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else … and that’s what makes him so infuriating. When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day if she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?

I could totally picture this book as a movie. One of those guilty please, chick-flick movies you watch over and over again (my favourites are Wildchild and Pitch Perfect, by the way). It’s rare to find this kind of thing in a book, and I really, really enjoyed it.

Things I loved were:

1) Our protagonist, Aurora Skye. She’s so sweet and…well, kind of deluded, but I loved her. She reminded me of Cress from, obviously, Cress.

2) The New Age Dad. He cracked me up.

3) The interpretative dance teacher. In the scenes with her, I actually laughed out loud. OUT LOUD, people.

4) Jeffrey. He’s a side character but everything he had to say was freakin’ hilarious.

5) The adorableness. Hayden is just the cutest love interest ever. I kept picturing Skylar Astin…


6) Theatre! I’m a bit of a drama nerd myself, and hearing about all their rehearsals was a lot of fun. I haven’t read too many books with a stage production as a main theme. It’s pretty unrealistic that they got a Shakespearean production together in three weeks (we get more than double that to do a ten-minute scene). But I stoically bore this unrealistic-ness.

7) CATS!

(why yes, this WAS an excuse to post gifs of cats. You’re welcome)

Yeah, so, if you haven’t figured out I like cats, you should check out my rating system. I use Wonderkitties, from the time I dressed my cat up like Wonderwoman (he didn’t mind). I have three cats: a tabby, a Birman and a ragdoll. Before I even read this book I had a lovely conversation with Tara Eglington about cats, so…basically I was going to love this book no matter what.

It will appeal to people who love The Princess Diaries, because Aurora was very similar to Mia. And also fans of the chick flicks I listed above.

There are a few things that could have been improved, but I’ll keep it brief because the pros much outweigh the cons.

Friends could have been developed more. I didn’t really relate to any of them, because they were almost stereotypes.

Ending was quite predictable. But I forgive this one, because it was adorable.

It was a bit long for such a light YA contemporary. I mean, man, it’s like 400 pages. Some of it moved a bit slowly – I think it could have been condensed more.

– The setting was a little unclear. The characters don’t wear uniform, and fair enough, there’s a school near me like that. But I thought this was set in America to start with, especially since they go to Jefferson High.

But don’t let those things put you off, by any means! It’s basically a really good chick flick in book format. Plus, cats. Go read it!!!

Oh, and also, Aussie authors rock. Just sayin’.

Can’t wait to read the next book!

Rating: 4/5 Wonderkitties



16 thoughts on “How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington: a cute, fluffy read!

  1. I totally agree! I WANT TO SEE IT AS A MOVIE. I don’t usually like flicky chick flicks, I mean, apart from watching Pitch Perfect and Easy A (because I watch both of those ALL times), but I totally adored this book. It had me laughing so hard! Aurora was SO clueless…it was almost frustrating, but I was laughing to hard to be annoyed. 😉 The only thing I was actually MAD about was the setting. I haven’t heard of any schools that are described like Aurora’s and yet have no uniform. It felt so American that I kept checking that the author really WAS Australian. And I think they eventually mention an Aussie town? I can’t remember. But if a book is FINALLY by an Aussie, be proud about it! I almost felt like it was being a secret that it was Australia. *shrugs* Okay, looooong rambly comment from me OVER.

    • I forgot Easy A! That is also such a funny movie 🙂 but yeah, movie version of this book please. The setting confused me more than made me mad. There’s a school near me, year 11 and 12 only, that has a dress code instead of a school uniform – like they have to wear black, white, green and blue or something, but any clothes within that code are fine (I’m completely making up the colours, but that’s the general idea). But yeah, there’s no way they’d be allowed to wear some of the clothes these girls were wearing! Hopefully in the next book it’s clearer that it’s set in our beloved Aus 🙂

  2. I definitely pictured this as set in Sydney, but that’s probably because I knew the author lived here 🙂 I adored Aurora and loved Hayden, and thought this was such a fun, sweet read! It reminded me a lot of Clueless 😉

  3. I keep picking this book up, but never buying it! I think this sounds really cute, I’ll definitely need to pick it up some time. Thank you for the great review, Emily. 🙂

    • I do that at bookstores. They’re all so prettyyyyy. But I hardly ever end up buying books from Dymocks because they’re so expensive :O most of the time I buy books from The Book Depository. I’m rambling. I hope you get to read this book 🙂

  4. I think it’s interesting the things you forgive if you’re enjoying the rest of it. Like the predictable ending – and lets face it. Would you have enjoyed the book as much if the ending wasn’t quite as cute and predictable as it was?
    Oohh… Hayden being sort of like Skylar – not something I imagined but it works so well. Great review 🙂

    • Right? I can forgive a LOT if I enjoy a book, because let’s face it, that’s the ultimate goal. Objectively there are so many things wrong with Splintered by A G Howard, but…wow, that and Unhinged are so incredible. Hehe, the ending was definitely adorable ❤ the only reason I thought of Skylar was because of Beca and Aurora both being tossed into an artsy-type role with a guy they didn't like. Lol. Pitch Perfect is such a lovely movie 🙂

    • Sometimes you just need a light read – I read it coming home from a week at the beach, which is more exhausting than it sounds (well, mostly because I got up at a reasonable hour every day). What was I talking about? Oh yeah, it was nice just to have a really cute, lovely read 🙂 that’s what I love about contemporary (except if it’s soul-destroying, ahem John Green).

  5. Oooh, I never heard of this before. Glad it was an okay one overall, though! I read Cress by Marissa Meyer and loved Cress the most out of all the cast of characters. Her naivety and innocence were endearing to read, and if there’s someone like her in this book, by all means, I shall go ahead and get it! 🙂 I’ve been looking forward to characters like her. Great review, love!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  6. Awww kitty gifs are the best! I loved this novel as well, and I think if you read the second in the series, her friends do get developed a lot more. I liked Aurora, she was adorable and I never really thought about it but she does sounds a bit like Mia! Thanks for pointing that out. Not to say they’re completely alike though. Hayden was just a sweetie, he was the perfect love interest. It was a cute and fun read, so glad you enjoyed it Em! x

    • Oooh, looking forward to friend development in the sequel, then. She does remind me of Mia, but they’re not the same person – they’re both very well fleshed-out, I think. Hayden is so lovely – we need more nice boys in YA 🙂

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