Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: March 14, 2015
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.
For ages 14 and up.
A Thousand Boy Kisses is a truly Tillie work of art. Hands down one of the best love story that has graced the YA world. This was my first but I think I have her Sweet Home series waiting to be read. This book was devastatingly beautiful and truly amazing—those words might not do justice.
Rune Erik Kristiansen has nothing to love about their move to Georgia. He loved Oslo so much that even when they’re already in Georgia, he still spoke his native language. That’s how he hated moving to different country. Until he met Poppy Litchfield, the little girl literally next door, when they were just kids.
Poppy Litchfield was quite the charmer. Super positive kid who loved to seek adventures just like her grandmother. It’s no wonder she’s so determined to fulfill the adventure her grandma asked her to take on—to collect a thousand boy kisses her entire life.
Things were doing pretty great between Rune and Poppy until Rune had to go back to Norway leaving Poppy alone with her family. And until Poppy had to cut off every communication with Rune to save him. Only, she didn’t know the consequences of breaking both of their hearts together all at once. They weren’t prepared for the things which came after that either. Things were about to get devastating at every turn.
Honestly, I was so wrecked during and even after reading this. Believe me when I say I. Ugly. Cried. So. Much! It successfully tore my heart apart, pulled out every beautiful and ugly emotion I didn’t know I was capable of feeling. Tillie’s writing was crazy phenomenal! The story was unlike any book I’ve read. Maybe because it’s YA? And am so used to reading NA? But don’t get me wrong. It’s just that this book surprised me with its uniqueness. Tillie perfectly captured the young love, sweet love of a YA material. The kind of love which was so strong, so pure, so Rune and Poppy. Even the little things like cherry blossoms, sunrise, beaches, photography, music. It’s the perfect cliche. But it’s good, so heartwarming—at least those parts. What actually put me off in giving it a 5 was the fact that I didn’t enjoy the experience? It was so freaking heartbreaking that I thought I was going to die because of too much pain already? That feeling. And I hate that feeling. I mean, I do enjoy a few tears in the book I read but tearing from almost beginning to end? That’s another story. I was freaking exhausted from too much crying. Another factor was Poppy who never thinks her age. I think her voice, her personality, her thoughts suddenly matured? And she was just a teenager, for crying out loud. It was like a spirit came in to her and stayed there until the end of the book. Although there’s HEA, depending on how you define your HEA really, I couldn’t convince myself to give it perfect stars.
So if you’re into heavy tears, really good story and equally outstanding writing, this book is for you!