by Alisha Sevigny
Fierce Ink Press
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Description: Finding Prince Charming sure is hard work
Popular high school senior Jessica Stone has a secret: she used to be a nerd — a goody two-shoes, grade-skipping, all-state spelling bee champ kind of nerd. But she gave herself the ultimate makeover and applied all her academic genius to study and imitate the social elite and now she rules the school. With her cool new friends and hottest-guy-in-school boyfriend, life’s a beach — and that’s where she’s headed for spring break. That is, until her biology teacher breaks the bad news that she’s failing and her only chance to make up the grade is to join the conservation club in Panama to save the golden frog.
Jess finds herself in a foreign country with a new social crew, including a ghost from her past that could threaten her queen bee reputation. Travis Henley may have grown up, but he still likes to play childish games and as payment for retrieving her lost ring from the bottom of a jungle pool, he wants three non-dates. The last thing Jess wants to do is be around him any more than she has to, but she’s desperate to keep him quiet and agrees. Soon she begins to realize the worth of her inner nerd, and that one frog in particular could be her prince in disguise.
Set in the lush and tropical El Valle de Anton, Kissing Frogs is a smart and funny re-imagining of “The Frog Prince” with an environmental heartbeat.
Rated E - Everyone over ten: Content is suitable for everyone but may contain mild violence and language and minimal suggestive themes.
The Good Stuff
- Author has a fabulous understanding of the teen world with all its bumps and drama
- Excellent character development
- Reminded me of being that age and wanting to be someone different than you are
- Beautiful setting and lots of interesting information about environmental issues done in a non preachy way
- Laugh out loud dialogue at times
- Excellent for reluctant readers
- Sweetly romantic
- Adorable Golden Frogs
- Well written secondary characters, which is something many writers forget to do is flesh out their secondary characters
- Not really a bad thing, but I felt too old to really appreciate the story. So thinking that could be a good thing as I am not the intended audience
- Would have liked more back story
"There's something jarring about seeing your teacher half-naked. He's pretty white. I hope he's wearing a high SPF."
"Oh." I flush. Dora and Boots will only get me so far here."
"There happens to be this fabulous invention called Google." I retort, wiping the water dribbling down my chin. "In fact, you're there under the search term 'annoying-know-it-all'"
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