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Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They've always played together, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and, deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they'd end up married to each other. They even have a a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone.

But as they become older, things are starting to change. Sylvie would still rather spend all her time with Carl - but Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking all his attention. Now, Carl seems much less happy to be called Sylvie's boyfriend - and in a game of spin the bottle, he avoids having to kiss her. Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that their future together might not be so clear-cut after all. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all?

Touching and compelling, Kiss is a delicately handled coming-of-age tale of first love by award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B+W chapter heads t/o
  • 0552554413
  • 9780552554411
  • 52,561

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"Once again the queen of children's fiction doesn't disappoint, and the issue of sexuality is handled with the understanding that we have come to expect from her" * Waterstone's Books Quarterly * "Her ability to connect with readers is peerless and her deft and honest way of tackling delicate subjects is always impressive" * The Bookseller * "At the heart of Kiss, as in all her best books, is an emotional truthfulness, courage and comedy" * The Times * "A great, if gritty, read from one of our best-loved authors" * Independent * "The emotions involved in first love and rejection, as well as other teenage concerns are convincingly depicted" * The Children's Bookseller *
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About Jacqueline Wilson

JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade. 'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES. 'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY. 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER.
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Review Text

"The emotions involved in first love and rejection, as well as other teenage concerns are convincingly depicted"
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Back cover copy

I couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to kiss me properly . . .
Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny. They've always played together and called each other boyfriend and girlfriend. They even have a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone.

But as they grow up, things begin to change. Sylvie still wants to be with Carl – but when they meet confident, attractive Miranda, she worries she’s beginning to lose him. And on top of everything, Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking up all his time. Sylvie can tell Carl’s feelings have changed. She just doesn’t know why.

'Literary superstar' Independent
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Rating details

4,127 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,191)
4 32% (1,319)
3 27% (1,124)
2 9% (362)
1 3% (131)

Our customer reviews

This book completely changed my opinion on reading. I always enjoyed reading but never found it as interesting until reading this book. I had been searching for a book to read whilst on holidays along with some other of the Jacqueline Wilson teen collection such as girls in love, girls out late and girls under pressure. Whilst ordering the books I found kiss. I ordered it on a chance, I didn't even read the blurb. About a week into the holiday I decided to start reading Kiss. I literally couldn't put it down, I would read all day and at meal times until I had to eat. I would read at any available opportunity, it got to the extent of me staying up until 2 am reading it on the first day and then sleeping for a few hours and getting up 3 hours before the rest of my family to that I could finish it. I finished it in under 12 hours including sleep and meal times and out during the night. I'm not exaggerating at all!!! I would recommend this book to 12- 14 year olds to get the full love for the book. I read it when I had just turned 12 and I found it fascinating, it hints on quite troubling topics but not to full on for an early teens book. I read this book over 2 years ago and I would still read it again to this more
by Aria Lerman
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