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A Thousand Boy Kisses

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

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Reaction Upon Reading: That was absolutely soul shattering!


Synopsis:

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
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.


“I think hearts beat a rhythm like a song. I think, that just like music, we’re drawn to a particular melody. I heard your heart’s song, and yours heard mine.”


I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was not at all what I had expected. I picked up the book because as I was scrolling through the ‘top read books this week’ for romance it was on the list. I hadn’t even heard of the book or the author. Then I investigated further and saw how high the ratings were and just knew this one had to be a gem.

Poppy and Rune are neighbours. They met when they were 5 and have been each others infinities ever since. Rune is the blonde haired, blue eyed Norwegian bad ass (Thor 2.0). Poppy is the cello playing dark horse with brown hair and green eyes. They are a combination no one understands, but the love they have is one for the ages.

They don’t fit in a box. If you pick up this book you are choosing to go on a journey roller-coaster of a of love, loss, firsts, anger, grief, acceptance and so much more.


“Kiss eight hundred and nineteen was the kiss that changed it all. The kiss that proved that a long-haired brooding boy from Norway and a quirky girl from the Deep South could find a love to rival the greats.”


Likes:

  • Poppy
    • Her name is so cute and when Rune calls her Poppymin, I could just die
  • Rune’s anger is so raw. You can feel every emotion he goes through. It is so tangible I can feel it as it bursts off the pages
  • RUNE
    • He is perfection. What girl wouldn’t want a boy for her first love…better yet her one true love!
  • The Swamp Dinner
  • The Cello Performance
  • Rune + Alton + Swamp Monster = warm fuzzies!
  • NYC
  • THE LANTERNS! 

Dislikes:

  • The cover
    • I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I almost didn’t pick this book up because I really don’t like the cover. It looks like someones first attempt at Photoshop. It needs a cover that conveys the emotions this book is packing. 
  • Towards the end it all got a bit too much for me. There were too many moments of tears, epiphany’s, declaring undying love and all that jazz. I think because there were so many it started to feel quite forced. It become less and less endearing and more and more annoying.

“Why be miserable when you can be happy? It’s an obvious choice to me.”


Reactions, Ramblings and Questions

  • OMG I am such an idiot. I thought she disappeared because she was pregnant. I thought she was trying to keep it all a secret and didn’t want to tell Rune…for whatever dumb reason
  • Oh man I did not see this book going down a ‘Walk to Remember’ & ‘Fault in Our Stars’ path
  • I still don’t understand why you would think you are helping someone by not telling them you are sick. I would want everyone I love around me for support.
  • I need a miracle
    • I know deep down there won’t be one, because a book like this doesn’t get rated so highly with a cliched happy/miracle ending. I want one so badly though, its not fair! 
  • Oh that was awkward…he thought she cut her hair
  • The scene with Rune and his father was utter heartbreak. I almost couldn’t read it. It was destroying and I felt for Rune but I also wanted to slap him upside the head at the same time.
  • Poppy is so darn optimistic. I would find this exhausting. I know she has had a lot of time to deal, but I almost need to see her grieve
  • There is a lot of crying from both characters, like borderline too much. It is now getting annoying. Too many moments of D&Ms. I like the moment when they are keeping it light.
  • I love photography. It would be so fun to play around in a dark room.

“Live hard, love harder. Chase dreams, seek adventures … capture moments. Live beautifully.”


Overall Thoughts

I picked up this book with little expectations. I thought “Yup this looks like a nice fluffy romance.” What the heck?!? Tillie Cole you heartbreaker.

I didn’t just cry, I sobbed.

I broke when Rune gave Poppy kiss 1000 and then 1001, 1002, 1003 and 1004. I thought I had recovered and then we got to the chapter of Rune with the lanterns in the grove and I could barely keep it together. I felt like I had lost my soulmate (meanwhile he was next to me, probably thinking ‘here she goes again’).

I enjoyed the story a lot. There were times when I felt certain elements were overdone, but the emotions it made me feel and the conviction of both characters was incredible.

The only real negative I have about the book (other than my minor dislikes above) was that at times I found the writing to be somewhat juvenile, where it sounded like a teenager was writing, but maybe that was the affect Cole was going for.

The ending threw me through a loop. I don’t know whether to be happy, sad or mad. I genuinely wasn’t expecting or prepared for the book to end in that way. I need more time to decide how I truly feel about Cole’s choice.

Selfishly I am so happy that Rune was forever Poppy’s and Poppy was forever his. Writing this review is a struggle because the way Cole writes makes me feel like I know them. I am getting choked up just thinking about how epic of a love story this is. I don’t think I have ever read a greater love story. 


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Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: four-stars