Review: Kiss It by Erin Downing



Title: Kiss It
Author: Erin Downing
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: 6.15.2010
Genre: Contemporary YA
Keywords: Sexuality, Sex, Reputation, Love, Friendship, Choices, Fear
Pages: 273
Description (from Goodreads):

A girl’s gotta do who a girl’s gotta do.
Chastity Bryan has never been shy about going after what she wants. And when sexy, mysterious, so-not-from-this-town Sebastian walks into Chaz’s life, she knows in an instant that what she wants next is him. Chaz has no intention of playing for keeps—but she most definitely has intentions. Who needs true love when you’ve got true lust?
Sebastian has no idea what he’s in for—but maybe neither does Chaz….

Sometimes the greatest books come in the most unsuspecting little packages…

Yes, yes, yes! I seriously couldn’t put KISS IT down, even though it would have been in my best interest because I have plenty of homework and whatnot to accomplish. Chastity Bryan is a breath of fresh air.

Chastity, or Chaz, is almost obsessed with the idea of sex and sexuality. To her, sex and love don’t always occur in tandem, in fact, she prefers it that way. She’s the type of girl that says when and she wants it now, especially when a new, hot boy moves to town and tempts her in all kinds of ways.

Okay, but wait! I know some of you out there are thinking this might just be a bit too much for me… This Chaz girl is more sexual than I like my main characters. I like them sweet and innocent and ignorant with their sexuality. Well, I admit, this might not be the book for you, BUT, if you can handle this side of Chaz, I can promise you that there is much more to her character. And, yes, there’s teen sex in this book, but there’s a point to it and I believe it’s well done. This book sends a message to readers that’s definitely worth hearing. 

One of my favorite aspects of this book is the fact that Chaz isn’t perceived as loose or lacking morality. She keeps her sexual endeavors well under wraps… and Chaz is a lot more talk than actual action. She’s smart, funny, sarcastic, and strong – that’s what I appreciate in a main character, regardless of how raunchy some of her comments may be. But, even if her classmates knew of her preoccupation with sex and judged her for it, I had the distinct feeling that Downing wouldn’t be encouraging the reader to do the same. Even though Chaz has a few things backwards and doesn’t always make the wisest decisions, she’s real and she sticks to her guns. Sexuality and a healthy dose of curiosity are normal and they shouldn’t be condemned.

Erin Downing’s KISS IT is a quick read, due to the fact that it’s less than 300 pages and it’s difficult to put down. I’ve got my fingers crossed that she’s got more novels like this up her sleeve! Her previous two novels are part of the Simon Pulse romantic comedies, which are wonderful, but this novel puts Downing on a whole different level.
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3 thoughts on “Review: Kiss It by Erin Downing

  1. I first heard of this a while ago and hadn't much inclination to pick up the book. Even though I knew before reading this review that if Sara loved it then she was no doubt going to convince me to buy the damned book – my overflowing heart of books-to-be-read urged me to read on.And now I have another book on my wishlist. This sounds fantastic. "Sexuality and a healthy dose of curiosity are normal and they shouldn't be condemned."Exactly. And even though most probably shy away from reading novels with a main character focused on sex, I completely agree with your comment and think it's great when author's explore these topics and can create such a standout novel. You've sold me and now I must get my hands on a copy!

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