Kiss Me in New York

Kiss Me in New York

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"It's Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC. Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd. Charlotte's flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can't bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they'll focus on healing their broken hearts ... together. Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they're not only over their exes --- they're falling for each other. Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte's flight leaves New York forever?"--Amazon.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : KCP Loft, an imprint of Kids Can Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781771388481
177138848X
Branch Call Number: TEEN RIDER
Characteristics: 189 pages ; 24 cm

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LiztheLibrarian Dec 17, 2018

This is a cute, standard running around NYC story. It is set on Christmas Eve/Christmas so it doubles as a cute quick holiday read. While there isn't anything amazing about it, it does its genre well and gets an extra star because the author had a main character bemoan the fact that the version of 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," he hears is a cover that has changed the words of the original song. The Judy Garland version talks about muddling through the year until better times ahead, this line is often changed to that 'hang a shining star' business. I am one of those people who will also gripe and dive passionately into my treatise about why the original is perfect and intentionally sad and then make you watch Meet Me in St. Louis to bring my point home! :)

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 01, 2018

Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider was based on coincidences. Only two weeks ago, Charlotte suffered a breakup by a guy she met after being transferred to New York from Britain. It’s coincidental that on the day she was leaving for home, a man was being dumped by his girlfriend right in front of her eyes at JFK airport. It’s coincidental that they sat together on the same bench, and even more coincidental that they entered the same cab without knowing, and head off to “create a story” as strangers.
At first, I believed this book was a bunch of “bollocks” and the two characters were using each other as temporary rebounds to escape the reality of their recent breakups, so fresh that the mere mention of their exes’ names brought tears to their eyes. But later I realized that when the characteristics of their exes were still fresh in their minds, they were able to pick out how different both of them were from them. I wasn’t completely invested in this story because it was so short, but Rider still wrote a wonderful book! I rate this book 2/5 stars and recommend it to ages 11+.
@ilovefood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeStaff1 Jan 12, 2018

This book is definitely a guilty pleasure read. While the plot of this story is completely unbelievable, it's far to sweet to hate! There is definitely character development in both of our protagonists, and I love watching their relationship unfold as they realize that they are stronger than their exes. For anyone needing a cozy holiday read, this is definitely at the top of my list!

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BobbiLibrarian
Jan 05, 2018

Two teenagers trying to forget their exes on Christmas Eve in New York City. Nice story...reminds me of a "Hallmark" movie.

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vivi_p
Nov 24, 2017

I wasn't sure what kind of story I was getting myself into when I picked up Kiss Me in New York. I assumed it would be a stereotypical teen romance novel, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself laughing while reading the book. The story focuses on a girl from England who's flight was canceled on Christmas Eve and a guy who is local to New York who doesn't want to go back home for the holiday for several reasons. The two are suffering from recent breakups and decide to try and heal their hearts while following step by step book on how to get over a breakup. There was a lot of comedy in the story and although there wasn't a deep overlying comment on society or relationships I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this quick read.

I did the review for the book “Kiss Me in New York”. The title can definitely be changed, as even before I started the book I knew the boy and girl would be together in the end. Usually, a title should keep the readers trying to figure out what’s going to happen until the end. But I already knew due to the title. Now the summary- this book is about a girl who gets stuck at the airport as she was returning home after the worst breakup ever. She meets a guy who just got dumped. They start on a journey of recovering by exploring the city together. I liked the humor in this book as it wasn’t made sad or depressing, it was a book for light reading and quite humorous. What I disliked was the starting wasn’t something that would keep a busy person reading till the end. There was a lot of foreshadowing as the chemistry between the couple was increasing hour by hour. The setting was very romantic and created the perfect mood for this story. The conflict was understandable in this story as that is what newly single people deal with. This book is perfect for someone interested in books with happy endings, someone who believes in true love or just wants to find out if it’s possible to find love anytime and anywhere. I would definitely recommend this book to them. - M.G.

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darladoodles
Sep 23, 2017

As the holidays grow near, reading books like this is like savoring my favorite cookie. They are sweet, but they also evoke the feelings of the holidays and give us the warm fuzzies, which is welcome as the days grow colder.

Charlotte and Anthony have both been dumped and they serendipitously meet at JFK. Charlotte is dismayed at the prospect of a night alone in a random hotel room while she waits for her flight back to London. Anthony is reluctant to join his family for reasons we find out later in the book. They decide to follow the advice of a self-help book and forget their exes. A night of adventures ensues and NYC becomes a main character in the story.

I picked up this ARC mostly due to the plot occurring in NYC at Christmas. It did not disappoint. A big thanks for the opportunity to read this digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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