In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?
Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.
Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?
About the Author
Kiara London is the internet savvy, hopelessly romantic alter ego of Bethany Novak-Tveten, who in real life is part of the US Air Force. She started writing on the online writing site Booksie when she was thirteen and then transferred to Wattpad where her debut novel Kiss Cam was originally posted. She spends most of her time scrolling down Tumblr, attempting to read everything she can get her hands on, and drooling over fictional men.
I was a bit hesitant about reading Kiss Cam at first, partially because I was worried about the quality of writing from a teen author, and also because the idea of people kissing on a vlog for other people to watch seemed kind of skeevy. However, London put these hesitations to bed by the end of the first chapter -- that's how quickly she captured me in her fictional world.
Let's talk June and Jasper. They're so sweet together, and I think that they have that easy, laid-back and comfortable friendship that we all wish to have -- I know I have. Their relationship throughout this book has its ups and downs, and a whole lot of "up in the air" times when it's complicated has never been so true in a way that is really only possible in your teens.
Man, can I relate to Lenny! All through high school my two best friends dated (4 years after graduation and their still going strong, too), and then there was just me chillin' in my third wheel capacity. From being stuck in the middle of arguments, to being way to close to them when they decide to face battle each other -- we could be the same person.
I think this is what I loved most about Kiss Cam. London's ability to create complex characters that you can relate to on a personal level. I'm fairly sure that everyone can find at least one scene or character that has you going that's-so-me.
If you're after a book that is a deep and thought provoking read, Kiss Cam isn't what you're looking for. BUT, if what tickles your fancy at the moment is a enjoyable read from start to finish with a good balance of sweetly cute and laugh out loud moments -- then look no further, because this is the book for you! With a debut like this, I can't wait to see where London's imagination will take us next.
4 out of 5
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