Kissing Max Holden Review

Synopsis from Edelweiss:

Life gets complicated when a teen girl is caught kissing the bad boy next door in this contemporary YA romance from debut author Katy Upperman.
“Jilly. . . if you tell me to go home, I will.”

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. His long-time friend Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. So when he climbs through her window one night, she knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she does. When they’re caught in the act by her dad, she swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, and her parents fighting all the time, Jillian spends more and more time with Max. And not kissing Max is easier said than done, even though she knows he still has a girlfriend. Will Jill follow her heart, and allow their kisses to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden altogether?

About: Kissing Max Holden is a young adult contemporary written by Katy Upperman. It was published on 8/1/17 by Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan, hardcover, 304 pages. The genres are contemporary, young adult, romance, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 13 to 18 and it is the author’s debut novel. Please see below for more information about the author.

My Experience: I started reading Kissing Max Holden on 11/12/17 and finished it on 11/20/17. This book is a fantastic read! I like the mention of Disney World’s Space Mountain because I have been there, (though my 5-year-old has a big scare of his life for my lack of research because that roller coaster ride is definitely not for kids!). It’s extra interesting how a 17 year old can expect to have a younger sibling at this age. I like the mention of fertility treatment because it’s real life stuffs and it’s good to see what others are going through. I like the diversity with the supporting characters.

This book is told in the first person point of view, following Jillian Eldridge, 17, who likes to bake delicious desserts. She learns how to bake from Marcy, Max Holden’s mom and neighbor. Max is Jill’s best friend growing up but later drifted apart. The two family celebrated many holidays together until Max’s dad stroke. The stroke left him in wheelchair and different. Max blames himself and turns to underage drinking and causing troubles. Jill’s life is less than perfect. She’s overcome with a lot more responsibilities at home now that her step mom’s pregnant. She’s not excited for the unborn baby because the baby has taken away her chances at the Culinary school in New York. At the same time, she’s pining after the guy who’s unavailable and the guy who her dad told her to stay away from. On top of everything, she worries that she’s her father’s daughter when she finds out what she’s been doing is parallel to what her dad’s been doing.

This book is very well written. I love the Holden family. I love the meals with everyone at the table. I like Kyle and what a great friend he is to Jill. I like that Jill has a job. Jill’s baking makes my mouth water. I like the Bunco party, though I’m not familiar with this game. I like the beginning how Jill’s dad caught her and the ending how Jill caught him. Very cool. I like the concept in family and love. The story ties up nicely and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

Pro: fast paced, page turner, easy to read, humor, love, family, diversity, romance

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate-chip cookies, or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. Kissing Max Holden is her debut novel. (Info obtained from Edelweiss).

***Disclaimer: I won this book from the author, Katy Upperman through her giveaway on Twitter. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. I’m super excited to have won the book, but a candle, bookmark, and chocolate chip cookies recipe on top of autographs are a plus! Thank you Katy!


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