Kiss Number 8

Kiss Number 8

Graphic Novel. "Amanda can?t figure out what?s so exciting about kissing. It?s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can?t see that godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight. An exploration Graphic Novel. "Amanda can?t figure out what?s so exciting about kissing. It?s just a lot of teeth clanking...

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Title:Kiss Number 8
Author:Colleen A.F. Venable
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Genres:Sequential Art
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Kiss Number 8 Reviews

  • Renata
    Apr 22, 2019
    I read a review of this that referred to it as "historical fiction set in 2004," and I immediately crumbled into a pile of dust. But then I read it and realized that this is definitely a distinct historical era from 2019, and honestly I think that for this to be a book for teens to rea...
  • Alicia
    Nov 30, 2018
    What a deeply personal, but lovingly moving story about a girl coming into her own with family, friendships, relationships, and who she is-- making mistakes, holding grudges, and having fun all the while. It's reminds me of Tilly Walden's Spinning with it's mood and while there were se...
  • Lamadia
    Mar 25, 2019
    I started it right as I got home from the library and couldn't put it down. It felt very real and was an interesting look at coming out in a highly religious family and Catholic school in contemporary times. It involved a family mystery that has a few red herrings thrown in, and very w...
  • Tatiana
    Apr 27, 2019
    This is not a light, fun kissing book. It's a story about family secrets. I didn't like how coy it was about the religious roots of the characters' bigotry. And it was odd how dated the first half of the book felt compared to the progressiveness of the ending. There was a strange disco...
  • Rachel Sperber
    Jan 08, 2019
    Not sure what to think of this one. I was frustrated upon reaching the middle point of the novel at the poor portrayal of a transgender man who just wanted to love his family and live his life and the hatred and shame his family displayed and felt. This family?s ?dark secret of t...
  • McKinlay Dennis
    Feb 03, 2019
    *I received an ARC of this book from netgalley and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* DNF at page 166 TW: transphobia I?m genuinely baffled why this has such good reviews that call it ?light hearted.? I was annoyed basically from the start. Mads is incredib...
  • Kristin
    Mar 31, 2019
    3.5 I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING! ...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Sep 18, 2018
    Venable, Colleen AF. Kiss Number 8. First Second, 2019. Amanda's first seven experiences with kissing haven't sold her on it being a wonderful idea, but her friends seem obsessed with it, and she is determined to find out what's so exciting about it. Her eighth kiss involves another...
  • Malissa
    Apr 29, 2019
    This didn't go where I was expecting it to, and I'm glad. ...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Feb 16, 2019
    Trigger Warning: Homophobia, Transphobia, the f-word Mads' parents are strained, and what's worse, she thinks her dad is cheating on her mother with another woman. And her dad won't tell her anything about it. But Mads keeps her thoughts away hanging out with her best friend Cat, an...
  • Gaby
    Feb 17, 2019
    I am OBSESSED with this graphic novel. The art is stunning and the story is so cleverly presented. One the one hand, there's the family secret about Amanda's grandmother and then there's the parallel story of Amanda's self-discovery. Everything is so perfectly aligned. An important, me...
  • Nicole
    Feb 17, 2019
    *I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.* I both enjoyed this book aaaaand struggled with reading about the negativity of the teen experience (which is definitely part of my reading preferences). The illustrations are great, with expressive faces that, flipping back throu...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    May 18, 2019
    I had to really ponder this review bc I had such high hopes that I had to grapple with the difference between what I wanted it to be and what it actually is. As a school librarian, here?s what disappointed me and made me decide not to add it to my collection: - the setting of t...
  • Jes Reads
    Apr 21, 2019
    Full review at: https://www.jesreads.com/new-blog/201... ...
  • Lola
    Mar 24, 2019
    I should have known from the very beginning that this would be a VERY dramatic book, not a romantic comedy like I expected. Rom-com, really? That could not be farther from reality. After all, the cover itself is overly dramatic. Mads?s friend is whispering who-knows-what in her ear w...
  • Calista
    May 15, 2019
    It took me some time, but I got into this book. I love how they are telling the story through who she is kissing. Kiss number 8 is a game changer for our protagonist Mads. She never finds a reason to stay with boys, but she realizes that her best friend might be more than Mads thou...
  • Kris
    May 19, 2019
    While this book does deal with heavy subject material: transphobia, homophobia, domestic abuse, heavy religious tones I did enjoy it, I thought it was a very real experience for many individuals. I loved reading about Sam even when it broke my heart and Mads discovering who she is w...
  • Anita
    May 01, 2019
    This graphic novel is REAL! Complex emotions everywhere and I loved how the queer storylines were handled - with care and importance. This is one of those books I wish I had read when I was a teenager, it?s that impactful. Beautiful art and story! ???? ...
  • Rod Brown
    May 19, 2019
    I found myself totally engaged with this family drama despite its fairly slow pace and a possibly triggering amount of (view spoiler)[transphobia and homophobia (hide spoiler)] . I didn't feel nearly done with these characters by the end, and I'd love to see the last dozen pages expand...
  • Maia
    Mar 26, 2019
    This book has some pretty strong themes of homophobia and transphobia, but they are handled in possibly the most sensitive way I have ever seen in a comic. The ultimate message of the book is one of joyful self-acceptance and of a family which has been divided for many years by fear an...
  • mahana
    Apr 08, 2019
    Content warnings: transphobia, homophobia, forced outing, homophobic bullying, f slur ...
  • Jay G
    Nov 18, 2018
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to First:Second and Raincoast books for sending me a copy of this in exchange for my honest review 4.5/5 Stars Amanda's best friend Cat is surrounded by...
  • Kelli Cross
    Apr 12, 2019
    This review is posted on both my personal account and the account for Crossroads Public Library. Actual Rating: 4.5 I?m not great at interneting so just imagine the Anchorman ?I?m in a glass case of emotions? gif is entered right here cause oh man. This was pretty heart b...
  • Sabrina
    Apr 18, 2019
    I had high hopes for this graphic novel since it was labeled LGBTQ+. As most of the reviews have revealed there is a lot of homophobia in this book. While I can understand putting that type of content in a book to create a backstory but it seems to be a little heavy handed and not REAL...
  • Kirby
    Apr 27, 2019
    Irresponsible to even have it on shelves. The trans and homophobia are unreal in this book. ...
  • Julian
    Feb 12, 2019
    I think the book was a bit clunkier than it should have been. It would have been a touching bi coming of age story but the trans representation in this story fell very short for me. Too many opportunities for a reader to put the book down before any of the ways that Sam was spoken abou...
  • A
    May 03, 2019
    Consumed this one is three hours after picking it up from the library. Excellent coming-of-age story. Kiss Number 8 changes everything for Amanda. Liked the gradual exploration of identity - one kiss doesn't necessarily mean girls only or girls forever. Also fantastic - though ...
  • Amy Bruestle
    Apr 25, 2019
    This is my first graphic novel/comic book style of writing that was in an actual chapter book length that I?ve ever read. I was hesitant at first because I generally steer clear of this type of writing. The only reason I gave it a chance was because of the topic. I still don?t ...
  • Jeweliana
    May 11, 2019
    OH. MY. GOD. This book was amazing! I love the drawing, I love the characters, I love the plot, I love the representation, basically everything was perfect. What I really enjoyed was how realistic the conclusion of the story was. It felt like something that could really happen to s...
  • Zoe  (BookswithDaggers)
    May 10, 2019
    I've got a lot to think about. RTC! ...