You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.
Kiss and Break Up, an all-new angst-filled, friends to lovers New Adult romance from Ella Fields, is available now!
I can’t imagine anyone else writing teenage angst as well as Ella Fields does and Kiss and Break up is packed full of adolescent confusion, emerging young love and lusty goodness.
Dash is a complicated character, a loveable bad boy with a “couldn’t give a damn, I’m going to do what I want”, attitude. Too honest for his own good sometimes, one minute I wanted to hug him, the next I could’ve shaken him till his teeth rattled for his cocky attitude. Peggy’s naïveté is very sweet and I found her hugely endearing. I could totally empathise with her apprehension in certain situations and I loved the way she sought the advice from her girlfriends. There’s actually a great group of supporting characters, including Peggy’s mom, who I now want as my best friend.
It’s been a long time since I was in high school and, whilst I appreciate the fact that these kids are teenagers acting like teenagers and not 40 year olds, my attraction to Dash did make me feel slightly guilty. However, he could, without a doubt, give some older men a run for their money and so I decided to channel my inner youth and accept he would be my guilty pleasure.
Although I wouldn’t go back to school for love nor money, this story brought back all the warm feelings and memories of the fun times I had from those teenage years. Times when you felt quite giddy when a boy you liked paid you some attention, when music and hanging out with your friends was life, and when, although you were still discovering who you were, nevertheless you felt invincible.
Kiss and Break up is a well written, very enjoyable read and for lovers of NA with, in my opinion, a slightly YA feel, this is definitely one to check out.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
3.5 Freckled CROWNS
Ella Fields is hands down one of my favorite writers. She creates books with so much angst and heart that I die and swoon and fangirl over her words. For some reason, though, this one didn’t resonate with me in the same way. There are parts I love, sections that killed me, and I am in love with the stories she has set up for the rest of the group of friends. Kiss and Break Up just didn’t have the same impact as her other books have had on me.
Dash and Peggy are such unique characters in interests and even dress, and their uniqueness is authentic. I fell in love with Dash’s bad boy antics and even his immature reaction of “pulling her braids” to get her attention. Peggy has her moments. She spirals a bit in this book as she searches for that elusive first love/first boyfriend moment in her final year of high school. What is clear is that these two together are great. I love their natural banter, their ease with one another, and when they touch, it is electric.
The story’s pacing was a bit off for me. This is book one of a standalone series, and so there is quite a bit of world building. It is clear by the end of the book what the basic plots will be for the other two books. We are introduced to a whole cast of characters who I love. I am so excited for more. The level of angst isn’t really high in this one, but it does follow teens and so there is a level of immaturity to their thinking and actions, which ultimately I was fine with because they are teenagers. The resolution to Dash and Peggy’s journey was much too quick for me. Most of the book is them figuring their stuff out and dealing with betrayal and misunderstandings and revelations of their own feelings. I needed more time with Peggy and Dash the couple versus the friends or the friends who are fighting.
While this wasn’t my favorite Ella Fields book, it is still an enjoyable read. The writing is still fantastic. She definitely has a knack of making you live in the moments with the characters. One thing she did do is make me so excited for the rest of the stories.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.