Book Review: Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

who i kissed cover

View from the window seat:
Samantha wants to fit in at her new school and with her new swimming team. She’s invited to a party at a teammate’s house and though parties aren’t really her thing, she decides to go. After all, her crush Zee will be there. Things go horribly wrong when she kisses a guy named Alex to make Zee jealous and he dies from a peanut allergy. And Sam’s the one who ate the peanut butter sandwich right before the party. Now Sam is reviled by her classmates and all she can think about is her crushing guilt. Sam has to learn forgive herself so she can live her life.

You know how sometimes you read a book and then immediately forget about it afterwards because it just didn’t make any sort of impression on you? That’s how this book went for me. I put it down and was just kind of like…so what? So I don’t really have much to say about it. We’re supposed to connect with Sam because she played a role in this guy’s death, and all her friends were close with him, and it’s so sad. I just couldn’t seem to feel anything for any of the characters in the book. They were all very one-dimensional. The writing just wasn’t very good either. Things are repeated constantly. For example, at her old school, there was a rumor that Sam was a lesbian. A fact that was brought up by Sam and every other character in the book in what felt like every chapter.

Overall impression:
I just didn’t like Who I Kissed and found it to be completely forgettable. It has a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads, though, so maybe I’m the odd one out.


Note: I received this ARC from the publisher at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.


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