ABOUT THE BOOK:
Popular party girl and high school senior Jessica Scott has a secret: she used to be a nerd — a big one; a goody two-shoes, grade-skipping, all-state spelling bee champ. But she lost the braces, put on some contacts, and applied all her academic genius to studying and imitating the social elite. Now she rules the school from the upper echelon of the high school realm. With her cool new friends and hottest-guy-in-school boyfriend, life’s a beach — and that’s where she’s headed for Spring Break. That is, until her teacher breaks the bad news that she’s failing Biology — and her only chance to make up the grade is to throw away the culminating trip of her hard-earned popularity and join the Conservation Club in Panama to save the Golden Frog.
Unable to let go of her faded college dreams, Jess finds herself in a foreign country with a new social crew, and one handsome face that stands out as a blast from the past, threatening to ruin her queen bee reputation. Travis Henley may have grown up, but he still likes to play childish games and as payment for retrieving Jess’ lost ring from the bottom of a jungle pool, he wants three dates. While Jess does battle with spiders, snakes, wildfires and smart mean girls, she desperately tries to hang on to the last vestiges of her popular existence like the Golden Frog from its webbed toe. But as she starts to care about something more than tanning and texting – a species on the verge of disappearing forever – she may realize the worth of her inner nerd, and the one frog in particular that could be her prince in disguise.
Set in the lush and tropical El Valle de Anton, this modern fairytale re-imagining of “The Frog Prince” is toe-curling contemporary romance with an environmentalist heartbeat, in the tradition of Stephanie Perkins.
In her debut novel, KISSING FROGS, Alisha Sevigny has written a book that people of all ages will enjoy – and relate to! No matter who we are or how old we might be, at some point we’ve all been searching for that perfect place to fit in with a group who embraces us for who we are and become our people. Not only that, but the things we think we want might not actually be what we want – or need. You know?
While reading this book, I was continuously struck by one thing – it’s totally unique. I really loved how the author incorporated the frogs into the story, writing about the myths, their possible extinction, all while giving us a small lesson in biology and life. The characters in the book felt totally real and could have been in any high school in North America. I think I knew people just like them. And, I was probably just like them, too. Thank goodness we grow up, hey?
Alisha Sevigny has written a really great first book. I’ll gladly read anything else she writes because of how apparent it is that she cares about her characters. Plus, the amount of research that went into the novel to make the entire story come together in a magical way.
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*This book was sent to me from Fierce Ink Press in exchange for my honest review*