Happy Saturday! Whoop, whoop! This means that it is time for a book review. and this week it is all about a very light fluffy book that I didn’t even know existed till recently. And that book is The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles.
Last weekend I decided to give the new Netflix film (The Kissing Booth) a watch and ended up really enjoying it. shortly after I finished watching it I discovered that it was based on a book, so, naturally, I had to read the book. This is not the type of book that I usually read, but I actually really enjoyed it.
Although I read a decent amount of Contempary books, I don’t usually go for light fluffy romances. I tend to prefer my contemporaries to have a bit more meat to them. to have a mental health element or an LGBTQA+ storyline or just something more to it. but I decided to give this one a go purely because of how much I had liked the film. I wasn’t expecting much from it, especially considering it was originally published on Wattpad when Reekles was just 15, but it was actually really enjoyable. It completely took me by surprise.
Yes, the storyline is very predictable and a bit shallow but it is also sweet and fun. As long as you go into this book knowing that it is just a light easy story, you will enjoy it. there were several times when I found myself smiling at it because it was just so damn cute. I can definitely see why so many people read this book and why it got picked up by an actual publisher. Having watched the film first I knew what to expect from the story but I was actually surprised by how true to the book the film is. It really stayed true to it. yes, some things where in different orders and this and that but overall they are exactly the same. very little was changed, and I think that definitely helped with my enjoyment of this story. I could see exactly what was happening, because, well, I had already seen it played out in the film.
I will say this though, I preferred the characters in the film. In the book they just didn’t have a lot of depth to them. there were moments when they felt real, but not often. Book Elle was very naive and childish at times, book Lee could lack any personality and book Noah was a really controlling dick for most of this book. in the film he was just protective and clearly just trying to keep Elle safe. Yes, he was a bit controlling but only because he had feelings for her and didn’t want to see her hurt. But in the book he was just a dick. He was aggressively controlling at times and brash and pretty violent. I definitely preferred the character in the film.
That being said I did like their relationships. They felt very genuine in the book. more so then I was expecting. Elle and Lee really did feel like best friends. like two halves of the same person. their friendship did feel incredibly real and I liked that. the same with Elle and Noah. Their relationship felt real. you could feel the connection between them and how much they cared for each other, even if they were a bit annoying about it at times.
All in all, I liked this book. I openly admit that it is shallow and not the best, but it is fun and sweet and made me smile. I do think that it is incredible considering it was written by a 15-year-old! (Also, the companion novella ‘The Beach House’ is also really freaking cute and worth a read (available for free on Wattpad))
3.75/4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read this book? better question, have you seen the film? It is the perfect summer story. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.