Friday, May 20, 2016

ARC Review: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me by Anna Martin

When you realize you want to marry your best friend at age six, life should follow a pretty predictable path, right? Maybe not.

As a kid, Evan King thought Scott Sparrow was the most amazing person he’d ever met. At seventeen, his crush runs a little deeper, and nothing seems simple anymore. Scott is more interested in football and girls than playing superheroes, and Evan’s attention is focused on getting into art school. A late-night drunken kiss is something to be forgotten, not obsessed over for the next ten years.

When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.

Dani's rating:

This is a love story.

It begins in summer 2002 when Evan is startled from a daydream by soft lips on his own. But that kiss is meaningless, because those lips don't belong to Scott, Evan's fearless best friend, the boy who makes his heart beat a little faster, the boy who makes out with girls in movie theaters while Evan yearns in the dark.

Evan and Scott are about to begin their senior year in high school, their lives mere specks on the horizon. Evan, raised by a single mom, gets lost in his head and spends hours painting. Scott, who seems to have everything, is less introspective. He's gregarious and charming. And straight.

Until one day at a party, when they're both a little drunk and a lot relaxed, Scott kisses Evan. That's the second time, and it ends in heartbreak. Things usually do when you're 17.

The first time is in second grade when Scott and Evan are free and wild, innocent and completely wrapped up in each other. When you're 7, no one matters more than your best friend.

The third time, Evan has a boyfriend, someone he met in college. Scott pushes, but Evan pushes away.

The fourth time matters, but not as much as the fifth time. When Scott falls ill, Evan rushes to his side. He doesn't even think about it. Scott asks, and Evan is there. The fifth kiss is all grown-up. It means something.

Scott doesn't do anything halfway. When he comes to terms with his bisexuality, he is all in, the world be damned.

But nothing rivals the sixth time (not really the sixth, more like the six thousandth). That kiss is the end, or just the beginning.

This is a story of moments and sensations, of being in love and being young. The story jumps back and forth in time, but it's never confusing.

Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me is 90 percent angst-free. There is mild teenage angst and a long separation, but once Evan and Scott are in their 20s, they stop playing games and lay it all out. Scott, especially, takes a big leap of faith to show his commitment to Evan.

Evan and Scott's families are supportive and real. I adored both their moms.

There's ice cream, kisses, beaches, spoiled cats named Princess, and the best HEA under the sun: romantic, tender, and SEXY.

Forget abrupt endings. This ending goes on and on like a lazy Sunday morning. It stretches and lingers and doesn't let go.

"I fell in love with your eyes," Evan murmured ... "They're so blue."

"My eyes have always been blue," Scott said with a broken laugh.

"I know."

... "Since when?"

"Since forever. Since I was seven years old and Scott Sparrow was the coolest kid I'd ever met. "

Like I said, this is a love story. The best stories always are.

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~Josh Jameson

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