Published by Self-Published on March 13th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.
For ages 14 and up.
When Tillie Cole says A Thousand Boy Kisses is a tearjerker she certainly isn’t lying. I had to keep my box of tissues on hand throughout the majority of the book. Honestly, there was one point where I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue. I’m so glad I did, however, because despite my initial misgivings, the book is quite touching.
Rune and Poppy will make you wish that you had a love that intense, that pure, that everlasting. It’s almost unimaginable that someone can find their soul mate when they’re only five years old, or that teenagers can fully grasp the meaning of true love. This story turned me into a believer, and I never once questioned their bond.
“I think hearts beat a rhythm like a song. I think that just like music, we’re drawn to a particular melody. I heard your heart’s song, and yours heard mine.”
I wish the circumstances surrounding Rune’s return to his homeland were orchestrated differently. His behavior seems too immature and overly dramatic to ring true, and I couldn’t understand why he held such bitterness towards his father but not his mother.
The story really kicks into high gear a third of the way in, and although parts are predictable and perhaps even a tad cheesy, I found it engrossing. Rune and Poppy are so refreshing and admirable. Even so, this isn’t the book you want to pick up if you’re feeling down and looking for a light love story. A Thousand Boy Kisses is stirring, sweet, inspiring, and yes, heartbreaking at times, but also very rewarding. It’s Young Adult at its loveliest.
Recommended for fans of:
Young Adult romances
** ARC received in exchange for an honest review. **