Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Review: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

A Thousand Boy Kisses

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?Rune's heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.A stand-alone young adult tearjerker romance, recommended for ages fourteen and up. 

Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This YA novel was a Top Read 2016 for me! It is an absolute must-read for any romance lover, as it’s simply AMAZING!!

Rune emigrates from Norway to the USA when he’s five and moves in right next door to Poppy. Poppy greets him on his first day there and they become best friends. She’s full of life, zest and adventure. She’s the quirky little girl who does her own thing, and draws the light out of the moody Rune. When her beloved grandmother dies, she leaves Poppy a jar full of blank, pink paper hearts – these are to be written on whenever she receives a special kiss from a special boy, until she fills it with a thousand boy kisses. The kids are eight when they share their first kiss and Poppy fills in her first blank heart.

At fifteen, Rune and Poppy are madly in love, absolutely devoted, soulmates for life – “For infinity. Forever always.” Until, Rune is ripped from Poppy’s life.

Two years later, they are back in each other’s lives but they are no longer communicating. No longer best friends. No longer together.

Poppy is much the same but hiding a secret. Rune is angrier and darker - a real bad boy – and looking for answers.

This novel is stunningly written. It’s incredibly beautiful and utterly heartbreaking. I booed my eyes out reading it. There are passages in the story that are sheer poetry and full of imagery. I can’t recommend it enough!!!

Claire's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really enjoyed this book, although it took me a while to read it. The story revolves around a glass jar, filled with paper hearts that is given to Poppy by her Grandmother before she passes away, to fill with a thousand boy kisses. The story then follows the relationship of Poppy and Rune, who first meet at the age of five and become best friends, and eventually dating until at the age of fifteen Rune gets forced to move away to Norway for his Dads job. Fast forward two years and Rune and his family have returned but both Poppy and Rune have both changed in those years apart.

I had very high expectations from this book after hearing lots of amazing things and I really did enjoy it but I didn't find it the highly emotional read like some did. I loved the relationship between Poppy and rune but at times I found it very cheesy, although the amazing way it was written saved that for me a bit. My only other issue was with the ending as I think I would have liked to have seen Rune move on with his life and fill his jar of hearts like Poppy requested and that he would go on to live a long and happy life.

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