The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie ConnorThe Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

The Things You Kiss Goodbye

byLeslie Connor

Hardcover | June 24, 2014

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Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first love.

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when star basketball player Brady Cullen convinces her strict father to let them date. That summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady and the freedom that comes along with him. But when school starts up again, Brady unexpectedly changes for the worse. Unable to give up on her first love just yet, she finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship.

Then she meets "Cowboy," a smoldering older guy and the last guy her father would approve. Yet he is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina. When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, includingWaiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award,Crunch,Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, andDead on Town Line, a young adult novel in verse. She lives with her family in Connecticut.
Title:The Things You Kiss GoodbyeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:June 24, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060890916

ISBN - 13:9780060890919


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read! (3.5 Stars!) I really enjoyed reading this book, I liked partly because I thought I was like Bettina (kind of an outcast). It was a sad ending though, but still great read!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books I had a really hard time connecting to this book in a lot of ways. I appreciated the story way more than I thought I would and didn't expect a fair bit. But Bettina was a very closed off character and I didn't feel her emotion as much as I wished. Despite The Things You Kiss Goodbye broaching an extremely difficult topic I felt almost indifferent to it. I found myself skimming passages very frequently, and wishing Bettina's father would loosen up. She grew up with a very old school Greek dad who moderated every move she made. I guess because I didn't grow up like that, I had an incredibly hard time understanding it. The romance between Bettina and Cowboy was sweet for sure, but I also didn't really connect there either. I appreciated how different it was from the one she had with Brady, and how he offered her love unconditionally, but the age difference got in the way for me and I wasn't as captivated as i'd liked. Overall, I appreciated the story and maybe would have liked it better if I felt a little more from it.
Date published: 2014-06-23

Editorial Reviews

“A well told & intricate story with a refreshingly authentic teen voice.”