After Christmas at the Little Knitting Box which was set in New York, I thought I’d follow it up with an other New York themed book: Kiss Me In New York.
I’ve never been to New York on Christmas (or any other time that is), but it’s certainly something I want to do one of these days. The city must be magical with the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and Central Park. Another item on my bucket list, for sure.
Now, a friend recommended I read Kiss Me In New York and I was a bit reluctant at first, as it is a YA book and I’m not that much into YA literature. But I gave it a go and it was definitely worth it.
What Kiss Me In New York is about.
The book follows Charlotte (the Brit) as she is stranded in New York over Christmas. She meets Anthony, who had just been dumped, at the airport and they decide to go on a Christmas adventure to get over their exes. To do so they follow the advice of a self-help book, proclaiming 10 steps to get over your ex. The book leads them to Macy’s, to a tattoo parlor, to Central Park and Anthony’s family.
They only have 24 hours together, but somehow these 24 hours are enough to change everything and they change from heartbroken college students to confident and hopeful young adults.
What I thought about Kiss Me In New York.
I love lists. Surprise, huh? 🙂 So I’ll give you a quick list of what I loved and didn’t love so much.
What I thought could be improved (very little, in fact).
The layout: Maybe layout isn’t the right word, but the book is full of words and phrases in italics. I don’t have anything against italic type per se, but when there is a word in italics on every single line, it can get a bit annoying. So maybe drop 80% of the italic type next time? 🙂
What I loved.
The story: Kiss Me In New York is a beautiful story that is easy to follow. It introduces you to New York at Christmas and shows you the journey of two young adults who find their confidence and hope again. In many ways, it reminded me of Just One Day by Gayle Foreman. Another beautiful book that is definitely worth reading.
The writing: Apart from the whole italics thing, the story is nicely written and easy to follow. Plus, you are given both Charlotte’s and Anthony’s perspective, which I think is really nice. Especially since it isn’t done in a repetitive way, where you just get the same events from different perspectives.
New York: I have to add this here, don’t I? But any book set in New York at Christmas is bound to earn some brownie points from me.
Would I recommend Kiss Me In New York?
Definitely. Especially if you are into YA literature and have read and loved Gayle Foreman’s Just One Day.
Charlotte and Anthony are very grown up, so I think you might enjoy the book even if you aren’t a big YA reader yourself.
What I’ll read after Kiss Me In New York.
Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett.
There is another book by Catherine Rider called Kiss Me In Paris. It is also a Christmas story. This time, however, it is set in Paris (obviously). I would love to read it as well, but have only found it in German so far. If you know a place where I can buy it in English, please help. 🙂
This post is part of my 2017 Blogmas series. So make sure to come back tomorrow and check out yesterday’s post, which was all about 10 reasons why I love Christmas.