Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman | ARC Review

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Book Details:
Pages: 297
Format: Paperback
Publication: Swoon Reads

Release Date: August 1, 2017
How I got the copy: Raincoast Books
Rating: 3/5 


Summary:

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?




Review:
Kissing Max Holden had its cute moments but I felt there were some gaps in the story. This book focuses on grief, change, honesty and growing up.

Jill and Max are childhood friends but since Max's father had a sudden heart attack things between the two and their families haven't been the same. Max starts rebelling and Jill is still the sweet neighbour girl. There are many complicated relationships and emotions throughout the book.

Jill and Max's story begins again when Max climbs into Jill's bedroom in the middle of the night. He cheats on his girlfriend and then leaves after both are caught. But this isn't the only cheating scenario in the book. There are many more characters caught cheating and in lies. There are so many and I don't understand why. I don't like when books make cheating seem like a normal situation and that it happens all the time. I don't believe this and without communication between both partners, another addition to a relationship behind someone back is not a healthy or an honest relationship. Yes, Jill struggles to be "the other women" but the conversation about cheating still seems too nonchalant.

Kissing Max Holden is very focused on Jill and Max that we didn't get to see much of anyone else. Jill has only a couple of friends and we don't get much information about them while Jill pined over Max for years. While Max had a life; he had a girl friend, lots of friends, and rebelled against his family's rules. I supposed I'd prefer if Jill also had a life of her own instead of waiting around for Max. Other than Jill's passion for baking she didn't have much else to her. There were times where Jill should have been furious for a long period of time, like when her parents spent her NYC College money for fertility treatments, and it seemed she got over it within a couple of days. To me, this seems more like a character created to be something like a perfect daughter that understands family sacrifice at a young age. And for the most part, I wasn't sure where Jill stood with her stepmother.  I couldn't figure out if I was supposed to like her or not from Jill's perspective.

I didn't love this book, I'd prefer if there was more information on the characters but I did enjoy parts of this book. I thought there were many cute, but complicated, moments and I love adorable romantic moments between two people.

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