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Kiss & Make Up

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Story of girl's psychic kissing power puts focus on looks.

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Kiss & Make Up works from a fairly clever concept (the idea that Emerson can read the minds of the people she kisses) and develops a pretty realistic high school world of cliques and outsiders. When she realizes she can take in all the facts and figures from a boy's brain, like an iPod syncing to a computer, Emerson faces a moral dilemma. Though her ESP is fantastical, the way she processes her options feels believable. However, Emerson's inability to think about almost anything other than boys and makeup becomes tiresome, and though the book offers deeper ways to think and care about life, the author still seems to suggest that wearing the right shade of gloss is a high priority. The book straddles a strange line, at once saying that hard work and inner beauty are meaningful, but still insisting that a teenage girl shouldn't leave the house without a full face of makeup. Whether this novel seems real, whimsical, and heartfelt or extremely shallow will depend on the reader's point of view.

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