Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me a copy of Who I Kissed in exchange for an honest review.
For those who know me well, they know that I have a ton of allergies. The Great Outdoors practically becomes lethal during spring and summer. So when I flipped to the inscription of Janet Gurtler’s Who I Kissed, I had to read it:
“For Max. And for everyone with a severe food allergy. Be safe.”
Who I Kissed is about a high school student named Samantha who is a competitive swimmer. That is until she kisses a boy at party and he dies from an allergic reaction to the peanut butter sandwich she ate hours before. Samantha feels responsible for his death and she can’t move past it. She even gives up on swimming.
I liked Who I Kissed but it was hard not to compare it to Speechless by Hannah Harrington. Who I Kissed also deals with feelings of guilt, accepting responsibility and being ostracized as a teenager but it’s also terribly cliched and predictable. And why does every student in this high school have to be a star athlete? Where are the band geeks, stoners and (gasp) fat kids? Everyone is just a little too perfect in this story and that’s what made it hard to buy into.
While I can’t dislike any story that discusses epipens, I also wanted a lot more from this book. Side note: I have no food allergies but even if I did, it wouldn’t stop me from kissing. It’s just too much fun.