Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult
Description from Goodreads: Gemma Mitchell is a normal girl who somehow gets herself into abnormally embarrassing circumstances. And while she thinks she's the biggest loser in school because of them, there are a few people in her life who would disagree. One of those people is her best friend, Jess Tyler, who is opposite to her in every way. He's popular, good looking, athletic, and intelligent, and he can't get enough of Gemma. But while Gemma is dealing with problems like wrong locker combinations and Valentine's Day dances, Jess is living in a world of serious issues that are foreign to Gemma, until she realizes that he's holding on to her for dear life.
Humorous and true to life, Second Kiss is an entertaining saga about a boy and girl who find that their lives have a lot more meaning once they have shared them with each other.
Gemma and Jess are beat friends. They confide in each other and walk home from school together everyday. Jess is a year older than Gemma . He is going into high school and leaving her to face 9th grade alone.
This book is a look at trials with friends, family, and health. Gemma and Jess deal with issues that are very real to life and I think many readers will relate. Ultimately this book is about growing up, facing life, and realizing that best friends can be also romantic friends.
I liked that there is a message to kids that it's OK to be yourself. It's a good thing to stick up for your standards and that you don't need to fall into the pit falls of peer pressure.
This is a clean read that I can highly recommend to all teens and their parents.
I checked this book out from my local library.