Review: How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

Posted October 31, 2016 in Review / 11 Comments

Review: How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

by Tara Eglington
Published by St. Martin's Griffin, Macmillan on October 25th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Sweet sixteen and never been kissed . . .

That’s Aurora Skye’s big secret. And the way she wants it to stay. She’s not going to give away her first kiss to just anyone. Busy dodging suitors and matchmaking for her best friends, Aurora (not so) patiently awaits her prince.

But everything changes when Aurora is coerced into a lead role in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing. Which means she’ll have to lock lips with her co-star Hayden Paris—the smart and funny boy next door who also happens to be the bane of her existence, always around to see her at her worst.

Now Aurora is more determined than ever to have her first kiss with the one who’s truly worthy of it. But first she’ll have to figure out just who that person is.

Romantic and funny, Tara Eglington's How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a feel-good tale of finding love where you least expect it.

YA Romance


You ever look for something so hard, say for instance your eye glasses, and you look…  and you look… and you look, only to suddenly find them shoved up on your head?   A lot of times, that’s what love is like.  You miss the obvious places where love is hiding.  Aurora Skye finds that out the hard way in How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You.

It’s no coincidence that Aurora has a princess name, let alone Sleeping Beauty’s name.  When it comes to her own life, she’s been walking around with blinders on, only focusing forward.  But don’t tell this 16 year old that.  She’s in the process of writing a guide for teen girls on successfully finding your prince, otherwise known as the Find a Prince Program (FPP).  How well is it working for her?  Lots of first dates and never been kissed says it all.  And she’s waiting for her “prince” to give her that first kiss.

Trust me, this story is funny and cute.

Enter in three just as clueless best friends, each one unique in her own way.  Toss in an obnoxious (but kind of hot if he wasn’t so infuriatingly smart, caring, and talented…) next door neighbor named Hayden Paris and this is one sassy young adult romance.  Besides the whole “landing a Prince Charming” theme, I feel like there’s shades of Jane Austen’s Emma in here, too (or more like Amy Heckerling’s 1995 movie Clueless?  Hmmmm).

There were a couple of things about this book that I took issue with.  First, the length: at 320 pages, that seems kind of long for a young adult romance.  Is it just me or are YA books getting longer and longer and longer…  ?  And second, we have horrible parents syndrome in this story.  We’re talking beyond anything you can imagine selfish.  What is up with this trope lately?  Blech!  😛

But I wouldn’t knock down a rating because of my own personal hangups.  The story was a silly fun time with a bit drama added in to balance all the sweetness.

About Tara Eglington

I'm an Australian based author who grew up LOVING YA books. One summer when I temporarily ran low on my reading list, I created my own: 'How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You.' The narrator Aurora Skye, bounced onto the page with her tips and tricks for romance, taking on a life of her own as the creator of the 'Find a Prince Program.' She's been so popular with readers that she featured in the sequel 'How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You.'

My third YA novel 'My Best Friend is a Goddess' will be released in Australia in October 2016 by Harper Collins Publishers and tells the story of best friends Emily and Adriana.

'How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You' will be published in the US and Canada by St Martins (Macmillan) in October 2016, with 'How to Convince' to follow in 2017.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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11 responses to “Review: How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

  1. Ooh, this one is going on my wish list because it sounds like an adorable read. It always bums me out when I read a book with parents that are just awful. As a parent myself, it makes me want to work harder to make up for their awfulness. Gah. Anyway, thanks for the review Kristin!
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