17 First Kisses

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In this incandescent page-turner, sixteen-year-old Claire learns the unfortunate truth that sometimes a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs. . .

Brilliantly capturing the complexities of friendship, the struggles of self-discovery, and the difficulties of trying to find love in high school, Rachael Allen has crafted a rich debut that’s impossible to put down.

No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend—someone who isn’t afraid of her family’s tragic past or her own aspirations for the future, until she meets Luke. But Megan, Claire’s closest friend, is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan is pretty much irresistible. With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.

Praise for 17 First Kisses:

“Told in a series of flashbacks, Claire’s story has humor and optimism and breaks through the high school love triangle formula. The backstory involving her family is detailed and adds depth to the novel…Recommend to teens looking for a beach read.” —School Library Journal

“Readers will enjoy getting to know Claire as she slowly reveals the many difficulties that have made her so strong and made Megan her best friend.” —VOYA