Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. It’s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can’t see that godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight. An exploration of sexuality, family, and faith, Kiss Number Eight is a coming-of-age tale filled with humor and hope.
Kiss Number 8 A.F. Venable First second books, 2019 Source: Library, review copy
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Kiss Number 8. The art was wonderful and the writing was engaging. I didn't like the main character, Amanda, very much, but watching her grow was interesting. The mystery contributed to Amanda's story, and it felt realistic. I hope that Kiss Number 8 wins awards - it deserves them.