Kissing Max Holden
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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?
Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies, or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. Kissing Max Holden is her debut novel.
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Received ARC of Kissing Max Holden from publishers for an honest review.
Kissing Max Holden was so much more than a teenage contemporary romance, and I loved it!
Jill is a really strong character but in a really quiet way. Her internal strength makes her very admirable. With everything going wrong around her she does an amazing job at holding it together and not letting other people see how much she’s suffering. Unfortunately, it’s also her down fall. She holds so much in that most of the time I wanted to scream “Speak your mind!” Either way, she was a great character to follow.
As for Max, he was a bit harder to figure out. He would say one thing but then do another. A lot of the time it felt like he didn’t even know what he wanted. He dealt with a lot of stress as well but unlike Jill, he didn’t hold it in. Instead, he acted out so it was great to get the contrast of how the two dealt with their stress in different ways. Max was a strong character though, even if his personality seemed to jump around all over the place.
The thing that I felt made this story so much more than a teenage romance was the family issues each of the characters dealt with at home. Max’s whole life is changed after his fathers stroke and Jill has a sibling on the way while her parents are constantly arguing. Both issues gave a whole other level of complexity to the story, especially Jill’s home life. I felt so bad for her, especially when the pieces started to come together.
But I won’t lie, the romance was amazing. Max and Jill’s chemistry was off the chart even with the issue of Max having a girlfriend. It brought up a lot of questions such as, how far is too far when someone is in a relationship? and if they are in a bad relationship is it still okay to cross that line? My personal opinion is cheating, is cheating, simple as that. But this book did shed some light on possible gray areas when it comes to the subject.
Like I said this book is truly one of a kind, and I would strongly recommend that anyone and everyone give it a read.
One last thing, I loved the bits and pieces that involved Jill baking. It helped make the story extra fun!