Kissing Max Holden Review & Giveaway -Tour-

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Kissing Max Holden
Katy Upperman
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?
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Kissing Max Holden is as much as a summer read that you can get. Around this time of the year, I read a lot of swoony stories. Why? They are fast, light-hearted and just simple fun. Kissing Max Molden is all of those with a dash of drama.

The relationship between the lead, Jillian and Max has been a thing for years but they have crossed that line, to something more; in this book that’s what happens. Jillian’s family is a mess let just put it that way. I don’t want to say too much about this as it plays a HUGE part of this book. It was nice to see a change in a story of family relationships. The relationship between Jillian and her stepmother could be my family part of the story, because it goes through the most change, and develops the more. Jillian and her father also go through a change too, that plays a lot into this book. You also get to learn a lot about Max and his family, and things can impact people differently.

There was ‘teenage girl drama’ but it was overplayed and affect the story in the right ways. I felt like I didn’t really get to know Max as much as I wanted to. There are a few flashbacks to when they were kids and that’s also fun to read. Max is someone who seems to hide his true feelings. One of my favorite part of this book was the Jillian is a backer, that’s her dream. And with everything that’s going on she has this to ground her, but when something happens she could of easily of given up on her dream, but I’m glad to see a young adult girl not doing that and thinking outside of the box on how she could still get to her dream.

Overall, this is a great summer read; looking for a fast easy, swoon book than this could be the books for you!

This review was part of a blog tour, these thoughts are what I personally think about this book.

Author Bio:
Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies, or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. Kissing Max Holden is her debut novel.


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