Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as well as to take part of a blog tour for the release of the book.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XR2BKPQ?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Don%27t%20Kiss%20the%20Messenger
(It comes out today!)
For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.
CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.
Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl...
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.
This book is a...modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, which is something that I have not read, but now that I think about it, I’ve read quite a few YA books with the same backing plot. So while I didn’t know what to expect, I was pretty excited to find out.
The book opens with introducing the characters, first Cece-a volleyball player, her best friend is Tuba and the rest of the Volleyball team, and she’s a major school nerd (nothing bad in that). And then Emmett, a football player who just transferred to the school this year, a musician, and also pretty smart given that he’s in an advanced english class.
Cece likes Emmett, but because of a car accident in her childhood leaving her with a huge scar across her face, she pushes herself, and her feelings down. Emmett, however, only has eyes for the new transfer to the volleyball team, but falls in love with her brain and her writing, little does he know that it’s 2 separate people.
I liked the concept of each of the characters having people supporting them, or at least on their side; the volleyball team for Cece and the football team for Emmett. It was absolutely so sweet how Emmett stood up for Cece about her scar. Emmett also breaks the traditional mold for a football player as he is also a musician, which adds more of that mysterious and depth to his character.
SPOILER: It’s not until the very end where Bryn breaks things up, and tells Emmett the true writer behind her deep and meaningful conversations, that everything is pieced together, and in true YA novel form, they fight and then get together. But in all reality, I love Emmett and Cece together and the fact that they went to the same University that makes it all that much better. END SPOILERS
Honestly, I don’t blame Emmett for not figuring out who he was messageing, and why there was 2 different sides of Bryn. Girls do this type of thing all the time, and if he was suspicious, then that just makes him look like he’s jealous and that would not go over well with anyone. In the end though, it all worked out.
The one thing that confused me to no end was that this school seemed like a college campus, because everyone came to the school from different parts of the country, sports seemed to be a huge deal, and just there were a few plot holes with it. It annoyed me a little bit, but didn’t make any difference in terms of the overall story line.
There’s just too much to give away in this book if I keep on talking here, so I’ll just leave the review here in order to save any spoilers.
Overall, I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). I enjoyed the overall plot line, it was a easy read, and really well written. The only part that I disliked was the inconsistencies in a couple places of the plot, and some things were unclear. It wasn’t anything too major, but still annoying to me. If you want a easy read and a sweet mixed up romance, I really recommend the book to you. If some inconsistencies is something that’s going to drive you crazy, approach the book with a bit of caution, but still give it a try.
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Katie Ray (also known by her previous author name, Katie Kacvinsky) writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A High Note, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition in 2015. She currently lives in Ashland, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and a slightly insane dog.
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.