TITLE: The Kiss Quotient
AUTHOR: Helen Hoang
READ DATE: January 7th to January 20th, 2019
RATING: ★★★☆☆ // 3.75
You guys….I understand the hype around this book. I really do! It’s there, and maybe it’s cause of the hype that made it fall short for me.
Minor spoilers ahead!!
Things I loved:
- Stella. I loved everything about her. You really felt for her in every sense and form. She didn’t feel like a character you were reading about, but someone you wanted to be friends with, and the representation that Hogan gave in this novel was on point.
- Just the representation in this novel in general. Not just with Stella, but with Michael and the Vietnamese cultural. It is a #ownvoice book!
- Mint Chocolate Chip. If you’re read the book then you know why I loved this. I’m a sucker for things that help one character remind them of the other. There’s just something so sweet about it, and it literally melts my heart.
- Me and Janie. These two just always made me smile whenever they showed up. Especially Me at the end, I’m not saying she saved the last 25% of the book, but I mean….she’s one of my favorite characters
- Aliza. Listen I was so focused on the bar scene that Stella that I didn’t even think about Aliza coming back into the story until she did. Let me tell you, my jaw dropped and I was shell shocked that I hadn’t picked up on it sooner.
Things I disliked:
- Michael. Okay, I know he’s the love interest, but hear me out. He had a lot of good qualities, but there were a lot….I mean a lot of things that he did that either made me cringe and roll my eyes. He also seemed really possessive after only a couple of dates and I don’t know, it just rubbed the wrong way.
- The smut. Yes, I know it’s a romance novel and what not. But listen….the whole point is to have that amazing moment and when it happened it was GREAT. It was just that everything after it kinda fell flat and maybe there was too much build up to that first time that just made everything else blah.
- Phillip. This boy just got on my nerves. Even more so when Stella tried to give him a chance and how he was just going to dump her flowers in the trash. Like boy…back the frick up and find someone else to go after. Which he did not even seconds later.
- The pacing felt weird at times. Sometimes I was questioning how long things had passed once the mention of Fridays fell away. It felt rushed at times and then other times the pacing was perfect and allowed to get into the story and love the characters at times.
If you love insta-romance (which I’m a sucker for), and smut, and good character representation then pick this up!