September 16, 2015
Book Love: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
This book should be read by every mother and her teenage daughter. Moms will remember what it's like to be a teenage girl, and daughters will get just a tiny glimpse into the minefield of motherhood...how easy it is to do everything all wrong when you're trying so hard to do everything right.
This book reminded me that if we can all always approach everyone we encounter with the idea that they're probably doing the very best they can with what they've got to work with at that very moment...well, life will be a little easier and we'll all be lovelier people.
This book took me back to being a young woman...to being young and in love, and oh so naive about love and boys...a nativity of the heart that never really went away...I just simply got lucky and eventually found the right guy. But, oh, the heartache every time it wasn't the right guy. Oh, the heartache.
This book made me feel (remember) the amazing purity, the clarity of true friendship. The factual nature of being with someone who understands you and loves you just as you are.
This book sank me into the world of grief, in all it's iterations and distortions, in all it's colors and heaviness, in all it's questions and confusions and lessons. It reminded me how easy it is to see the impact someone else's grief is having on them, when we are all often blind to it in ourselves.
This book is about love and empathy and friendship and grief and growing. It's about the impact we have on each other's lives...how interwoven our fabric really is. It's about connection. And it is a beautiful, tangled love story.
This book will leave an impression on your heart. It is sweet and funny and familiar.
And I recommend it.
Until next time, happy reading.
P.S. This was another Brilliant Books Monthly home run! Hurray for the Brilliant Books staff for selecting another great book for me...thank you, thank you, thank you! You can find out more about getting your own Brilliant Books Monthly subscription here: http://www.brilliant-books.net/surprise-book-month.
P.P.S. Up next...The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.