The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

The ABC's of Kissing Boys

byTina Ferraro

Kobo ebook | January 13, 2009

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Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach.

Tina Ferraro lives in southern California. You can visit her online at www.tinaferraro.com.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:The ABC's of Kissing BoysFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 13, 2009Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375891951

ISBN - 13:9780375891953

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from why not The ABC's of Kissing Boys is a really fun and quick read. I enjoyed every aspect of this book. Parker, a junior, came up with a plan to get her into varsity soccer that involved kissing a boy. The thing was that she had no experience in kissing boys. So her neighbor Tristan, and a freshman, comes to her rescue. The romance between those two was adorable and even though Tristan was younger than Parker, he was very mature for his age. I would say even more than Parker, but by the end of the book she matures enough to make the right decisions. The book, besides the romance, deals with friendship. Parker throughout the book gets challenged and is wary about who her real friends are. Sometimes I got frustrated and wanted to yell at her to make her see who her real friend are but she managed to figure that out. What I also loved was the chapter-headings! The author managed to give kissing advice on each letter of the alphabet! Overall I loved this book and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA books.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from http://frosybookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/02/abcs-of-kissing-boys-book-review.html The ABC's of Kissing Boys is a really fun and quick read. I enjoyed every aspect of this book. Parker, a junior, came up with a plan to get her into varsity soccer that involved kissing a boy. The thing was that she had no experience in kissing boys. So her neighbor Tristan, and a freshman, comes to her rescue. The romance between those two was adorable and even though Tristan was younger than Parker, he was very mature for his age. I would say even more than Parker, but by the end of the book she matures enough to make the right decisions. The book, besides the romance, deals with friendship. Parker throughout the book gets challenged and is wary about who her real friends are. Sometimes I got frustrated and wanted to yell at her to make her see who her real friend are but she managed to figure that out. What I also loved was the chapter-headings! The author managed to give kissing advice on each letter of the alphabet! Overall I loved this book and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA books.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Groundbreaking but Cute and Funny! It's the beginning of her junior year and Parker knows she's destined for great stuff. She's been playing on the Junior Varsity team and it's basically a given that she'll be headed for the Varsity team this year. That is, until it turns out that there's no space for her on the team. And her coach insists that she needs Parker where she is, the JV. With that, Parker's friends start to ditch her and publicly humiliate her based on Parker being stuck with the freshmen, leaving Parker to fend for herself. Of course, Parker's not going to take her coach's decision sitting down. She, her brother and his friend Luke concoct a plan, a really CRAZY plan, to get her spot and her friends back. Only, for the plan to work, Parker needs to be able to give Luke a real (and steamy kiss). The problem? Parker has no idea how. So she turns to her neighbor who happens to be a freshman, the son of the person her father most despised and...he happens to be a really good kisser. But when Parker's plan starts to unravel, she finds out who her real friends are and realizes that, maybe, just maybe, it's worth the social suicide to be seen with the freshman. When I first started reading The ABC's, I found it to be a bit reminiscent of Band Geek Love, all because of the upperclassmen/lowerclassmen romance angle. However, as I continued reading, the ABCs proved itself to be much different. It's a small, quick read, but it's packed from page to page with laughter, friendship and more. The characters (besides Parker) are not very well developed. However, this does not detract from the novel at all; The ABC's is about entertainment, not character devlopment. Parker, of course, was pretty developed as she is the main character. She's also a character that is easy to relate with and sympathize with, even if you don't care or know a thing about Soccer. The plot of the ABC's was not groundbreaking or amazing but it was cute, funny AND entertaining. What more can a girl ask for? I loved the feud going on between Parker's father and Tristan's father; it was just the perfect added touch. And Parker's scheme to get her spot on the varisty team? It was so random yet perfect for the novel. What else can I say, really? For what it is, the ABC's of Kissing Boys manages to do exactly what it's meant to do. It's the perfect novel for winding down after a long day.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and charming I really enjoyed reading Ferraro's previous book - How to Hook a Hottie so I was thrilled to discover that she had released The ABC's of Kissing Boys. First off, I liked the cover of this book - I thought it was quite perfect for the storyline. Ferraor writes cute and charming stories and The ABC's of Kissing Boys is no exception. We meet Parker - she loves soccer and has done so for all of her life. She is great on the field and fully expected to get "promoted" on the field with the rest of her team (some of who also happen to be her best friends). But things take a nasty turn when she discovers that she is being "bumped" off the team because of an upperclassman who swoops in at the last minutes. Parker then spends the rest of the storyline basically conspiring and plotting an absolutely ridiculous scheme to get her "back" on the team. Noticed that I say ridiculous, because really - the plot consists of basically getting into a kissing booth - making lots of money, catching the soccer teacher into a twisted logic and then ultimately being asked to join the soccer team again. Yes, this whole plotline sounds silly and frankly, it is. Parker spends a good chunk of the book enlisting people's help in teaching her to "kiss" properly and the whole thing does kind of get a little silly - especially since she is enlisting the help of some guys who are a tad older and should know a little better. Yet, it is this silliness that works so well in the book. There is a trace of innocence here (on the part of most of the characters) that is kind of refreshing - and different. Needless to say, sex is far, far from the reality here and that is kind of a nice change of pace. As much as this book is quite innocent, there are aspects that the author has decided to highlight that are less so. The almost maniacal need for Parker to "fit in" with her "so called" best friends. The somewhat callous way some of these bff treat her and the way in which Parker does not seem to be able to forge her own identity are very valid subjects that the author does explore. The writing is very down to earth and fun and I liked the character of Parker alot. This book is cute and charming and deserves a read.
Date published: 2009-02-18