Kiss Crush Collide
By Christina Meredith
Available 27 December 2011
Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her.
This Blonde’s Review:
Leah’s life has been arranged for her. It’s easy, all she has to do is follow the path that has been laid out, repeating the lives of her sisters and mother before her. She enjoys what it offers her and follows along easily, yet she resents it at the same time. When Porter catches her eye she finds herself doing something she’s never done before. She strays from what’s expected of her.
It was hard for me to care about Leah, she doesn’t seem to internalize much of her life. We see glimpses of her dissatisfaction, but I find it hard to feel for a character who cheats on her boyfriend without feeling much about it. Leah goes along with it because being with Porter makes her feel something she’s never felt before.
At first Porter seems like a user, a guy who will take what he can get from her without caring about her as a person. It’s easy to see why Leah would be interested in the excitement Porter offers after living a life where she knows exactly where she’s expected to stand, what color to wear, and how the rest of her life is supposed to go. As we slowly get to know him we start to see that he isn’t the user he seemed. Porter has real life problems and plans, things that Leah doesn’t have.
Leah is given many opportunities to decide what she wants and to do something about it, but she continually refuses to make a choice. The times she does choose to stand up she quickly allows others to make choices for her.
I had a hard time getting into this story and found myself caring for other characters more than I could care about Leah. I have found I can forgive many sins if I care about the characters, but when I don’t care about them it can be harder to care about the book. I think that Kiss Crush Collide was compared to other books in ways that don’t benefit it. The books it was compared to are similar in premise, but it sets this one up to seem worse than it is by comparison.
My suggestion is to read this one knowing it is a debut novel. In some ways it is predictable, but those of us who enjoy this type of story know that it’s more about the characters. Read this one for what it is, not for what it could be and you may still find it enjoyable. This story is about more than the boy. This is a story about Leah.