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Kiss Collector
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Kiss Collector
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series comes a sizzling new YA romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe is over relationships. Between getting cheated on by the only guy she's ever loved and watching her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to turn the tables and go after what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect.

Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral of drama. Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.

Bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a searing YA romance filled with endless flirting, heartthrob boys, and of course, lots of kisses!

"Kiss Collector is addictive! I stayed up all night to finish this one!" —Katie McGarry, author of Say You'll Remember Me

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series comes a sizzling new YA romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe is over relationships. Between getting cheated on by the only guy she's ever loved and watching her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to turn the tables and go after what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect.

Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral of drama. Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.

Bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a searing YA romance filled with endless flirting, heartthrob boys, and of course, lots of kisses!

"Kiss Collector is addictive! I stayed up all night to finish this one!" —Katie McGarry, author of Say You'll Remember Me

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  • Wendy Higgins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series, The Great Hunt, The Great Pursuit, Flirting with Maybe, and Kiss Collector. Born in Alaska as an Army brat, she lived on five different military bases across the US. Wendy now lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband and children, writing full-time. You can visit her online at www.wendyhigginswrites.com.

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    October 1, 2018
    High school girls kiss boys for fun without wanting anything more.It may seem shallow to challenge your closest female friends--all cheerleaders--to kiss and walk away from as many boys as they can over spring break. In fact, it might seem even sillier that it becomes a contest, but readers can't help but relate to Zae Monroe when she's mad at the world. Catching your boyfriend sleeping with another girl would set anybody off, but Zae is particularly touchy because her parents are splitting up too. When Zae discovers her father left her family for another woman, she goes on a tear, bringing her friends along for the wild ride. It would be easy to dismiss this book as trite, but Higgins (The Great Pursuit, 2017, etc.) draws characters that are interesting and nuanced. Zae's friends are girl power goals and a feisty handful of fun. Higgins has a deft hand with teen romance dialogue. Readers will find themselves rooting for Zae as she grapples with realistic issues surrounding her family, her future, and the many men in her life. The characters are refreshingly diverse, running the gamut of ethnicities and family structures: Zae's race is unspecified, and in her circle of close friends, Kenzie is biracial (white and black), Lynn is Chinese-American, and Monica is Latinx.A lighthearted high school romance that dives into the nature of men--as brother, father, and lover. (Fiction. 14-18)

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  • Kirkus Reviews "Higgins draws characters that are interesting and nuanced [and] refreshingly diverse...Readers will find themselves rooting for Zae as she grapples with realistic issues surrounding her family, her future, and the many men in her life."
  • School Library Journal "A realistic portrait of a strong, confident, flawed young woman—A solid, honest addition to fiction collections for older teens."
  • Katie McGarry, author of Say You’ll Remember Me "Kiss Collector is addictive! I stayed up all night to finish this one!"
  • New York Journal of Books "[T]he story is one of love, trust, and risk—all three of which must be found in order to make life work in all its messiness. Zae herself is likable, flawed, and strong, three qualities that bring a protagonist to life. Recommended . . ."
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