by M.F. Lorson
Series: Mountain Creek Drive #1
Published by Jennifer Costley
Publication Date February 13, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Young Adult
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Homecoming court nominee, Erin Armstrong, has it all, the best friends, the best boyfriend and lead in the school play. But when she catches her bestie and her boyfriend holding hands behind the porta potty her status as Rosemark High’s It girl takes a nosedive.
Determined to win the crown and earn back her social status, Erin enlists the help of quirky theatre kid, Peter Hunt. Together the two craft a plan to ensure Erin’s victory. That is, if the two can keep their growing attraction from sabotaging the project.
A throwback to the early 2000’s, Stage Kiss will have you longing for the days when being brave meant sending an AOL instant message to your crush. Back when Friday nights were made for football games and sleepovers with the friends you’d do anything for.
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If I had known on September 5th, 1990 that a Care Bears backpack would determine who my friends were for the next 12 years, I could have opted to pick my own bag instead of begging for my sister’s hand me downs. Then maybe I wouldn’t be a friendless, boyfriend less loser today.
Thus begins Stage Kiss.
I really enjoyed this author’s style of writing and I’m grateful to author Judy Corry for suggesting this book in a recent newsletter.
Written entirely from Erin’s point of view, this coming of age story was humorous and touching. Having not been pressured by my parents to be anything I didn’t want to be, I can’t relate to Erin’s need to be Homecoming Queen. However, without that, the need for her recruiting Peter’s help would have been gone and the entire premise of the story would have fallen apart. So yay for family expectations!
I was a little disappointed that the whole freshman year thing with Peter was never explained. It was a big enough deal in the book, that somewhere there should have been a conversation about why things turned out the way they did. It seemed like a significant omission. But don’t let this stop you from reading and enjoying this story because the rest of it was great.