Wednesday, October 4, 2017

{Review} Kiss Me In New York by Catherine Rider


Page Count: 200
Published on: October 3, 2017
Published by: KCP Loft
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback - via publisher 
Age Rating: PG
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My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

It's Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd. 

Charlotte's flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can't bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they'll focus on healing their broken hearts ... together. 

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they're not only over their exes --- they're falling for each other. 

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte's flight leaves New York forever?


Hey, guys!

This book was sent to me by KCP Loft for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or thoughts about the book. Thank you, KCP Loft!

      Kiss Me In New York follows British foreign exchange student, Charlotte. Weeks before Christmas, Charlotte is dumped by her American boyfriend and fast forward to Christmas Eve and she's still reeling. While waiting in the airport for her delayed flight, she encounters Anthony, a newly dumped individual. The two decide to have a Christmas Eve adventure that revolves around following the 10 steps outlined in the book Charlotte bought on a whim that promises to help her get over heartbreak. Over the few hours that they are together, they become friends and maybe even more than friends.

    I'm totally a sucker for cheesy romance novels, but this one was just not my cup of tea. The plot lacked any kind of depth, the characters were so boring and flat, there was much too insta-attraction/love, and a large lack of originality. I am just not a big fan of this novel. I really enjoyed the Christmas-time in New York setting, but that is the only thing I really enjoyed. 

     Kiss Me In New York takes place over a period of twelve hours and during those hours the characters basically "fall in love with each other". I'm sorry that's a bit of a spoiler, but did you really not see it coming? While reading this book, I didn't realize how short of a period it was. At first, I liked how Charlotte and Anthony got to know each other. I thought that their feelings could potentially be realistic, but once I realized how quickly their friendship actually progressed, I really wasn't feeling it. I feel like this could have been a really cute story if the characters had actually taken a couple months to adventure and get to know each other, but there is no way that they could have truly known each other in such a short time. I know this is fiction, but even in fiction novels, I want there to be at least some semblance of common sense. I just cannot believe that insta-love is a thing anymore. When it comes to love, I think there needs to be a correct representation of falling in love. You can't fall in love with someone in twelve hours. Email me if I'm wrong and I'll revise my statement, but I really doubt I can be convinced. 

      Overall, this book lacks depth, character development, originality, realistic emotions, however, it was really entertaining and I liked how cheesy it was sometimes. I do not think this is the best holiday contemporary by far, but it wasn't the worst that I've read. It lacked the vibes that I would hope for in a Christmas-y novel.

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