Kiss Me First

Kiss Me First

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By (author) Lottie Moggach

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 8 April 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0345805429
  • ISBN 13: 9780345805423
  • Edition statement: Reprint

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FINALIST "The Guardian" First Book Prize British National Book Award--New Writers Award Leila knows more about Tess than anyone else in the world. But not even Leila knows what really happened to Tess . . . A sheltered young woman raised by a single mother, Leila often struggled to connect with the girls at school. On an internet community for philosophical and ethical debate, she finally comes into her own, and is flattered when the website's brilliant, charismatic founder invites her to be part of Project Tess. Communicating only through online channels, Leila immerses herself in Tess's world. She must learn every detail about this other woman's life: her mother's birthday, her favorite songs, her best friends, her first kiss. Because soon, Leila will have to become her. And Tess will disappear.

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Lottie Moggach lives in London. This is her first novel.

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"The first great internet novel . . . More than just a book about an early 21st-century lifestyle . . . Lottie Moggach's mordantly well-observed debut, "Kiss Me First" . . . could be the first great novel about the way the internet has become a part of our lives, what it means, and how it has fundamentally altered the way we get along with each other . . . A gripping psychological novel." --"Daily Beast " "A young rationalist named Leila narrates Lottie Moggach's smart, absorbing debut "Kiss Me First," which explores the nature of real and virtual relationships . . "Kiss Me First" will attract readers with its up-to-the-minute Internet plot, but will keep them through its character-driven focus, psychological depth and fresh narrator. Moggach burrows into these characters' heads so thoroughly that if anyone could pull off an online impersonation, she could." --"Dallas News " "It's the story's everyday believability that makes "Kiss Me First "so chilling . . . As Leila becomes more and more fixated on her Internet persona, Moggach sucks us into the rabbit hole of her dangerous obsession with deftly timed twists and memorable characters." --"Entertainment Weekly," A- "As Moggach's debut chillingly demonstrates, the virtual world is scant protection from messy, utterly human emotions." --"People" "Moggach's debut draws the reader into a . . . bizarre game of chance and deceit. . . . Moggach has drawn a young woman who is convincingly naive in the ways of the world and incapable of making good decisions. The story crackles with tension . . . A sexy psychological thriller." --"Kirkus" "Moggach's impressive debut, a gripping psychological thriller, is all the more disturbing for its plausibility. . . . Moggach's skill in plotting means readers won't anticipate the twists and turns built into the story, making for an intensely enjoyable reading experience. Memorable and fast-moving." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Fast-pac