Lip gloss addict Emerson Taylor and her best friend, Trina, have declared this year the Year of the Boy and vowed to find boyfriends. But for Emerson, there s just one problem: she can read the mind of anyone whose lips touch hers. It s totally creepy and at first it seems like a curse.Read more...
Lip gloss addict Emerson Taylor and her best friend, Trina, have declared this year the Year of the Boy and vowed to find boyfriends. But for Emerson, there s just one problem: she can read the mind of anyone whose lips touch hers. It s totally creepy and at first it seems like a curse. But Emerson soon realizes there are perks to her strange new talent like the ability to steal secrets, memories, and most importantly, test answers. If Emerson doesn t bring up her grades soon, her days at private school will be numbered.
But kissing for grades is stickier than lip gloss, and Emerson s about to learn some lessons not found in her textbooks lessons about true love...and real beauty. Oh, why can t life be as simple as choosing the perfect shade of lip gloss?
The author of Kiss & Make Up has donated this book to the Worldreader program
- ISBN-13: 9780761463160
- ISBN-10: 076146316X
- Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
- Publish Date: October 2012
- Page Count: 307
- Reading Level: Ages 13-17
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-09-03
- Reviewer: Staff
A kiss is but a kiss—unless 16-year-old lip gloss fanatic Emerson Taylor is the one puckering up. When Emerson kisses someone, she can see into his or her mind. Her secret gift mostly generates anxiety, until she discovers that kissing smart boys, aka “Ivys,” can help her academic performance. Emerson plans to smooch her way to better grades (a fairly depressing premise) and stay enrolled at her pricey prep school, bolstered by a supply of lip gloss from her aunt Arch, a cosmetics rep who has been raising Emerson and her sister since their mother disappeared. Roadblocks pop up as Emerson fights with her sister and her boy-crazy BFF, starts to develop a reputation (due to all her kissing), and falls in love with the nerdiest Ivy of them all. Debut author Anderson, to her credit, uses this fun premise to get at deeper issues of teenage curiosity, identity, and self-doubt, as her characters play smartly off one another, and Emerson learns that the supernatural path to success isn’t necessarily the best one. Ages 12–up. Agent: Cheryl Pientka, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Oct.)