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Review: Kissing Annabel by Steven Herrick

Kissing Annabel by Steven Herrick

Release Date: January 27, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240
Overall: 3.5/5


Love’s a curious thing.Jack is an average sixteen-year-old. He’s obsessed with sex, sports, and his maturing body. He’s got a lot on his plate, but one issue is constantly on his mind: his mother’s death. It’s been seven years, but Jack has yet to let her go….That is, until he meets Annabel.Annabel is beautiful, smart, and most important, she gets Jack. Suddenly love makes sense, and the future seems hopeful. And for the first time, Jack feels ready to leave the past where it belongs.



This book is a bind up of Love, Ghosts, and Facial Hair, and A Place Like This. These two books focus on the life of Jack and his family. Something I thoroughly enjoyed is how the perspective of the book jumps from one character to another, focusing on Jack, his sister Desiree, his father, and Annabel throughout the first novel.  I also liked getting to meet more people in the second novel, and seeing their perspective. I feel like I know more about each character than the characters know about each other. It is told entirely through poems, that I have to admit change rhyming schemes frequently, but it doesn’t change the pace of the book.


This book is just so adorable, I feel like squealing. Meeting Jack and seeing him grow up and how he develops is enthralling. His relationship with Annabel is just so strong and happens so quickly, just like most young loves do. The entire novel focuses on how love is the core to all and it can help you overcome anything. This message is so strong throughout the entire story and it’s moving.


This is definitely a book that I would recommend to someone, anyone really. It’s a fast paced story and has quiet a bit of detail for being written in poem form. You can really gain the sense of these characters and their relationships and they develop over the years, yes I said years, Jack starts the novel at 16 and end the novel being 18. I know that’s not a lot but for being only 240 pages and being in poems, it goes by quickly. If you are looking for a book with a cute storyline that deals with young love, how it evolves, and how to overcome tragedy, then I would recommend this book to you. It’s an easy read with a lot of heart and meaning to it.

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