Review: Who I Kissed

Title: Who I Kissed

Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Janet Gurtler
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Book: FC sent by publisher

“She Never Thought A Kiss Could Kill. . .
Samantha is new at school and just recently joined the swim team. She’s been flirting with one of her teammates, Zee, who invites her to a party and just as quickly dumps her for another girl. Hurt, but pretending not to care, she turns to his best friend, Alex, and gives him a kiss. And he dies—right in her arms. Alex was allergic to peanuts, and Samantha had eaten a peanut butter sandwich right before the party. She didn’t know. Overnight, Samantha turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she will have to find the inner-strength to forgive herself for the tragedy.”

 A very interesting plot, this book open up my eyes to a very new subject.
What would you do if you kissed a guy who had allergies and killed him? Oh gosh, I’d be going insane. That is some had facts to face at such a young age. And knowing that everyone blames you is even worse. The plot consist of lots of great twists and turns. I enjoyed Samantha going through the depression, the bulling, and just the overall blame she took on. The plot is filled with a lot of finding out what really happen that night of the party along with who Samantha is. She had some skeletons in her closet that she carried with her. And this incident just brought it out more.
The love interest I enjoyed because it began as a friendship. It started off as unsure and unstable, just two people beating around the bush. Samantha later learns the truth of the matter. She learns to adjust and just let things flow. She finds her feeling for the guy and finally understands. I like that it didn’t take Samantha much too long or not short to learn. She took things in at her own pace, gradually bringing the reader in for a great and powerful story.
Who I Kissed is a great story that illustrates the views of allergies. Fueled by a portrayal of lust and hurt, it makes you think twice about your actions. Who I Kissed is a serious yet great story that everyone can get into.
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Cass (Words on Paper) says:

    I think Janet Gurtler has really good concepts for her contemporary novels. I still haven’t read any of them, but I definitely want to! I’ve heard fairly good things thus far. ;) Who I Kissed sounds pretty thought-provoking, especially in the way that you mentioned. Great review!

  2. Maji Bookshelf says:

    it does sound like an amazing novel. If i was in her position, i don’t know what i would do, i think the guilt would eat me up pretty bad. And i love love interests that initially start as a friendship.. those start out slow and progress in a realistic fashion.

    great review

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. Amy says:

    I have this one to read and am looking forward to it. It sounds like a really great book. I like that the characters seem believable and go through real struggles. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. Great review.

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