TITLE: Only A Kiss
AUTHOR: Ines Bautista – Yao
PUBLICATION: Published November 29th 2014 by Chamber Shell Publishing
GENRE: YA > Romance | Contemporary
PAGES: 106pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
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When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.
Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.
But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.
Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.
I remember someone telling me that a kiss is an ultimate test when it comes to a boy-girl friendship. Honestly, I don’t understand that so I asked her to elaborate. She said that if you, as a girl, have a guy bestfriend, there’s always that thought in the farthest corner of your mind that wonders.. maybe, just maybe.. you guys are really meant to be more than just friends. But how can you find out? And surprise surprise, its by a kiss!
After doing this, the friendship might become fragile OR by kissing you just sealed it with a super glue and the friendship turns into.. romance. I don’t know why I even bothered mentioning this but I thought its just timely to share since the book is all about friendship, and kisses, and romance.
Only A Kiss is so realistic that I feel like reading the personal diaries of the two main characters. Ines did a great job of writing a hopeful and charming lovestory without making it unbelievable. Her characters are authentic. The kind of characters that makes you wish you know them personally and give them advice and stuff.
I’ll be honest and say that reading some part of the book is almost too painful. I felt for Chris and Katie and it’s incredible how Ines made their emotions so real. It really rolls off from the book to me. I felt their confusion, their sadness and their heartbreak. But the best part when it comes to love stories, whether its from books or in real life is there’s always that moment.. that chapter where we have to decide if we’re willing to take some risks. And when Katie and Chris made a decision.. I was happy with the result.
I read Only A Kiss on one sitting. And while reading it, I can’t help but grin, swoon and get teary-eyed. And if we’re being honest, love stories in real life makes us do those things too. This sweet and realistic novel tugged my heartstrings. Its a perfect portrayal of modern bestfriends turns into lovers stories. Ines’ storytelling is charming and so is her novel.
Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head: http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/
She posts on Instagram and tweets @inesbyao and her author page is facebook.com/inesbautistayao.
For Philippine residents:
One (1) winner will get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, a gift card from FILA, and a back issue of CAST comic book
Two (2) winners will each get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, light up laces, and back issue of CAST comic book
FIve (5) winners will each get an ebook of ONLY A KISS