Title: Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)
Author: Amy Spalding
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction / Romance
Sneak out. Make out. Rock out.
Riley and her best guy friend, Reid, have made a pact: they’ll help each other pursue their respective crushes, make something happen, and document the details in a shared notebook.
While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over a girl’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, the guy she’s been obsessed with forever. His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But between a chance meeting with a fellow musician in a record store and a brief tryst with a science-geek-turned-stud-not to mention Ted’s own tentative attentions-cute guys are suddenly popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! As their love lives go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid’s pact may prove to be more than they bargained for.
Filled with cute dogs, cute boys, and a few awkward hookups, this hilarious tale from Amy Spalding chronicles the soaring highs and embarrassing lows of dating in high school.
My ****4 Star**** Review
I love the overall idea of this story. Riley and Reid walk in on their other two band members hooking up. This leads to Riley and Reid starting their own little notebook, or diary so to speak, on how to draw in particular members of the opposite sex. This just sounds like a disaster in the waiting, but it doesn’t play out just like I thought it would.
I have to say that while this book is all about getting that certain someone, I wouldn’t strongly classify this as a romance novel. The romance isn’t nearly as big in the story as Riley’s relationship with Reid and their ideas on how to find said romance. Riley has been crushing on Ted Callahan, but she starts having little flings with some other boys along the way. It takes her a while to learn some lessons. This may get annoying to some of you in the process, too. But, I couldn’t help but still like Riley. I especially enjoyed hearing her constantly chastise herself about the stupid stuff that was always flying out of her mouth. Sometimes she is just silly and childish, though.
Reid seems to have things a little straighter in his head, but he isn’t completely noble himself. As a matter of fact, he makes some decisions that just may seriously backfire in his face.
As to Amy Spalding’s style, she has some witty writing. It’ll keep you turning the pages. It’s not the OH MY GOSH what happens next?!? kind of book, but it’s definitely intriguing.
In the end, I thought it was cute and sweet, but with a little too much emphasis on the sex – in theory. You won’t get details on the sex, so I would still firmly plant this in the YA category. This story has a bit of a comical nature to it, but I think I would personally classify it as more of a dry humor. If you’re not a big romance fan, but enjoy quirky characters doing silly things, then this story may still be for you.
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Amy Spalding
Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Senior Manager of the Digital Media team for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A.