Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys)by Amy Spalding Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance, School & Education, Social Issues, Young Adult
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.
After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.
While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she's been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for
You pick up books and sometimes you have certain expectations. Here? I didn’t actually have big expectations and oh boy, did I end up being so positively surprised!
A Girl who takes matters into her own hand is a girl that I admire!
So here is Riley who is playing in a band and has a close and small circle of friends she loves and trusts. When her best friend suddenly falls in love she feels left out and she decided together with her other best friend Reid to finally pursue “love”, “romance” and also sex. So Riley and Reid try to help each other to find a suitable girl and boyfriend and here is when the whole mess (and fun begins). Both have no experience whatsoever when it comes to the opposite sex but are determined to change this. That they are both in a band does not help their social status in school,, which doesn’t make it any easier!
What I loved most about Riley is that she really took matters into her own hand and went tried to win her own time crush Ted over by learning what he likes etc. I truly adored this very down to earth girl who does not shy back from getting what she wants. Go Girl! She’s not shy and waiting for the boy to make the first step, no – Riley is determined to get a boyfriend!
Incredible Funny and Adorably sweet
I LOVED loved loved the tone of the book, I loved the humour and I was constantly smiling and laughing at all the silly things Riley and Reid did to pursue their love interests. Suddenly Riles sees that there are more options than her long time crush Ted – and for once, Riley can choose and also tests kissing different boys. Of course there are so many things that go wrong, especially when more than one boy is interested in you and of course, many things could have been resolved much easier and faster – but it’s just been so incredibly funny to watch these two struggle.
It’s a book about love. but also friendship and finding your place when friendships change and take on different forms.
Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding is a wonderful story that made me laugh so easily. It’s incredible sweet and completely adorable and comes with a beautifully strong girl who was so earnestly developed. In this sense, Kissing Ted Callahan completely and utterly surprised me by how much I ended up enjoying and loving this book!