and One Time I Kissed Him First
When you realize you want to marry your best friend at age six, life should follow a pretty predictable path, right? Maybe not.
As a kid, Evan King thought Scott Sparrow was the most amazing person he’d ever met. At seventeen, his crush runs a little deeper, and nothing seems simple anymore. Scott is more interested in football and girls than playing superheroes, and Evan’s attention is focused on getting into art school. A late-night drunken kiss is something to be forgotten, not obsessed over for the next ten years.
When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.
First, I think it’s important to know that the author has an explanatory section at the end of the book and in a way I wish it’d been a “prologue”. I definitely understood and appreciated the style of this story more, once I’d read that little blurb.
Here it is as quoted from the e-book:
“THE FIVE Things, or 5+1 writing structure, owes its existence to fan fiction, much like my writing career.
Although writers can and do interpret the 5+1 idea very differently, most commonly stories will follow a concept along the lines of “five times someone did something and one time they did the opposite,” which is what I’ve used for this story.
Although the true origins of this concept are slightly muddy, most agree that it started back in the 1980s with a Star Wars story and exploded in the 1990s and 2000s with stories written in the Smallville, Blakes 7, andBuffy the Vampire Slayer fandoms.”
The 5 kisses aren’t told in chronological order and that takes a bit to get used to. It’s definitely unique and I think some people will love it and some – won’t. It is easy enough to follow, however, and I wasn’t ever confused.
I think my favorite parts of the book are the boys when they are young – it’s great seeing two friends who support one another so fervently.
The sweet and sexy parts in the story are also unique and clever and the author’s writing ability is clearly evident.
However, there are some major time jumps that I didn’t like – especially from the 4th to the 5th kiss and during that time we go from Scott and Evan being friends, to crushes, to we kissed, to I hate you, to I love you… and then the end. It didn’t have the amount of time I’d like to see dedicated to moving these guys through these tumultuous emotions and the end sort of felt like a sudden rush to finish. As a result, I didn’t connect with Scott as much as I wanted to, and felt he needed to “earn” Evan’s love more than he did.
There are some great secondary characters – including Evan’s mom – and each of the MCs was very well developed.
While listening, Jesse Cota helped to shape all the many characters and did a good job giving them all unique voices. He is easy to listen to, and as a new-to-me-narrator, I’d definitely look for him in the future. I felt he definitely added to my overall enjoyment of this story.
While this was sweet and sometimes sexy, it didn’t resonate with me as much as some of the other books I’ve read by this author (ie My Prince which is one of my all time favorites in the genre: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1404477418?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 ) I’d give the book a 4 (rounded up), the narration a 4.5 and overall a solid 4 of 5 stars.
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