Kiss Number 8

Kiss Number 8

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"Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It's everything she hoped high school would be... until all of a sudden, it's not. Her dad is hiding something big--so big it could tear her family apart. And that's just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn't want to kiss Adam... because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat."
Publisher: New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596437098
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Ve
Description: 299 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Crenshaw, Ellen T.
Alternative Title: Kiss number eight


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ArapahoeJennieB Aug 28, 2020

I gave this book a three staff review because the story is compelling, but I would not suggest this to children or young adults who might be questioning their gender identity. Although the book is set in 2003, it was written in 2019 and I would have hoped for better from these authors. Although I understand what they were going for; there are communities and families that are not as accepting of queer people as more liberal people would like to imagine, it still comes off as transphobic.

* I do wish this story had been an #ownvoices instead of written by two straight cisgender women.

IndyPL_MollieB Jun 25, 2020

With a little foreshadowing, we know that Mads will eventually kiss Adam (kiss number 7), the dorky boy next door, and little brother to her good friend Laura. She will kiss him even though her best friend, Cat, has a big crush on him.

What transpires before her 7th kiss is a whole other story.

Mads and her dad, her ultimate best friend, learn more about each other throughout the story.

#NoSpoilers, you'll have to read this #IndyPLTeens graphic novel to uncover all the twists and turns of Mads' journey to discovering what family means.

JCLChrisK Apr 20, 2020

Surprisingly nuanced and complex, both story and characters, and highly realistic and believable. Just like life, no one in this book is perfect; they make plenty of mistakes and struggle with communication and relationships constantly. It may not always be pleasant or easy, but it feels true. Plus, the artwork communicates emotion and individuality as well as any I've seen in a graphic novel--it's always easy to know who is who and what they're feeling. Really well done.

ArapahoeLiz Mar 10, 2020

I loved this story. Amanda, a teenager who loves her family and baseball, counts her kisses and rates her experiences. She's secretly in love with one of her friends and her family is going through some drama. Set in a modern religious setting in a small community, Amanda's story is like much LGBTQ+ youth going through a rough time. This book is a milestone showcasing a Queer experience through teenage eyes.

Anna_LibraryT Oct 16, 2019

Realistic story of a Catholic-school girl's first few kisses, and the one kiss that changed everything. Often funny and always heartfelt, I liked the way the family and friend relationships were portrayed in this coming-of-age story: the reader, as an outsider, can see the trouble brewing in this friend circle--between the tomboy protagonist, her party-girl bestie, and her quieter straight-laced friend who is starting to feel like a fifth wheel--but the characters themselves need time to get around to confronting it. Once our heroine overhears something that makes her suspect her dad is having an affair, some unexpected family secrets come up that complicate everyone's feelings even more. Not everyone reacts to revelations the way you might expect, but the end has a positive note, so even though it isn't all cupcakes and Care Bears you don't leave completely depressed.
A warm, nuanced, and realistic look at how growing up can change people, friends, and families, and the long-term effects of how easily past events can be misremembered or distorted. Strongly recommended!
Warning: transphobia, homophobia

Aug 15, 2019

Ok, nice read, but didn’t like the characters

LPL_KarenA Jul 13, 2019

Life is confusing and tough enough as a teenager, but coming to terms with your own sexuality amidst family secrets in a Catholic family is much harder. Take a look at the life of Amanda in "Kiss Number 8" set during a time period of chat rooms, candy bar cell phones, and pre-marriage equality act. Warning: this book contains characters with strong anti-LGBTQIA opinions, but sheds light on what life has been like for marginalized populations from not so long ago.

JCLEmmaF Jun 04, 2019

That was rough. Kiss Number 8 is a story about learning to accept self and people around you. It's not easy. It's complex. Parts of it totally surprised me, such as the way faith becomes an oasis, and I loved these parts. The rest was exhausting. I was kind of shocked at how long the transphobia lasted in such a capacity, but I suppose the point is, the characters had to learn acceptance.

Tigard_LisaE Apr 13, 2019

I enjoyed this story of a teen learning to be her true self in spite of family pressure and peer prejudices. The book opens with a visual narratives of Amanda's first seven unmemorable kisses, leading up to an eighth kiss that has more impact and becomes a major plot point. In the mean time, Amanda unravels a surprise family mystery, following a path that begins with suspicion of her father's faithfulness and ends with a pride rally. Stories about multi-dimension Christian teens who question socially conservative ideas, but not necessarily their faith, are rare, and this is a good one. I enjoyed the efficiently achieved depth of secondary characters, even if I failed to see their appeal.

Tigard_HollyCP Mar 29, 2019

Love it! This book was so engrossing I read it all in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. This graphic novel begins with panels of Amanda’s first 8 kisses, most of which are shared with boys of diverse kissing styles, experience, race, gender expression; the last of which is with a girl, resulting in Amanda being kicked out of the car. Go back a month before Kiss Number Eight and learn that Amanda suspects her dad (who she considers her best friend) may be cheating on her mom (with whom she is in constant conflict). Meet her flamboyant best friend besides her dad, Cat, and her more reserved, conservative not quite best friend, Laura (who also happens to be Kiss Number Eight), the two of whom don’t particularly like each other. Meet Laura’s younger brother, Adam, who seems more like a man than the little boy she used to know and who happens to carry a torch for Amanda. Meet the racially and gender-diverse crowd from the over-21 club Cat likes to frequent. Meet Amanda’s VERY conservative, very intolerant paternal grandparents. Meet Amanda’s other grandparents with a whole story of their own. This coming of age story about a girl questioning her family relationships, friendships and her own sexuality incorporates all types of characters within white, of color, straight, cisgender and LGBTQ+ communities, with particular inclusion of T and +.


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