Publishers Weekly Review
McVoy's (Pure) roots are showing-in a good way. A love of language, literature, and the city of Atlanta, where she lives, pervades her sophomore novel, a thoughtfully wrought coming-of-age story. Camille, whose second-person narrative is light on punctuation and heavy on metaphor, has moved all over the country with her parents and is starting her final semester of high school in Atlanta. She tries to avoid creating attachments, but is having trouble getting over a boy in Chicago. Another senior, Becca, who tells her story in free verse, lives for her jock/poet boyfriend, Alec. Camille connects with and then kisses Alec at a party, unaware that he has a girlfriend. The aftershock of the kiss affects both girls, but this rich story also encompasses their struggles with family and friends, as well as their respective journeys of self-discovery. McVoy's prose is confident and adventurous- some of Becca's poems are styled after her favorite poets ("The only empress is the empress of gossip magazines")-and while not every stylistic gambit pays off, on the whole it's a fresh, observant story. Ages 14-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Booklist Review
In alternating sections, Camille's and Becca's poetry describes their senior years, their anticipation of future plans, and their romance with the same guy: Becca's long-term boyfriend, who goes to school with Camille. Though the kiss mentioned in the title doesn't happen until past the 100-page mark, the girls' stories on their own are interesting enough to keep the reader turning pages to find out just how the two girls, who do not initially know each other, are connected. As their stories intersect, Becca comes into her own without two-timing Alec, and Camille reconciles her feelings about the past in this quietly reflective novel. The two poets have distinctive styles and voices: Camille writes observant, second-person prose poems, while Becca is more traditional, even mimicking some of her favorite poets, such as Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Bishop. This gives the narrative device a more natural feel like reading the teens' journals rather than reading about the teens in poetry form and helps the book stand out among novels in verse.--Booth, Heather Copyright 2010 Booklist