Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler
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She Never Thought A Kiss Could Kill. . .
Samantha is new at school and just recently joined the swim team. She’s been flirting with one of her teammates, Zee, who invites her to a party and just as quickly dumps her for another girl. Hurt, but pretending not to care, she turns to his best friend, Alex, and gives him a kiss. And he dies—enroute to the hospital. Alex was allergic to peanuts, and Samantha had eaten a peanut butter sandwich right before the party. She didn’t know. Overnight, Samantha turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she will have to find the inner-strength to forgive herself for the tragedy. Who I Kissed is actually a good realistic fiction, that focuses on death, and Sam's ability to forgive herself and move on. The cover of the book made me think it was a light romance, but this book definately has some interesting characters, and makes some great points about forgiveness, and how difficult it can be to be a teenager.