Kiss Cam by Kiara London
Pub Date: October 18th, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?
Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.
Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?
Kiss Cam is the story of vloggers Juniper, Jasper and Lenny and their popular vlog show. The three best friends usually share tidbits about their lives and make silly videos (usually involving dares). Many of their fans are constantly “shipping” a combination of the trio into relationships. The most requested being Jasiper a combo of Juniper and Jasper. During one of their vlog sessions, a dare is suggested by a fan that involves lots of kissing between Jasper and Juniper. This dare leads to the creation of a feature on the vlog called “Kiss Cam”. Though the project is a hit, not everyone thinks it is such a good idea for Jasper and Juniper to take “just kissing” so lightly.
Soon, Juniper starts to wonder if their friendship can survive all the kissing. Yet she tries to convince herself that it’s just for fun. Jasper has been her best friend for ages and it would be weird if they became a couple. Wouldn’t it? I really like Juniper, she tries really hard to keep order and to keep things in line. However, she can’t help losing control and I think we have all been in her shoes. Jasper is witty, and a super flirt, yet he isn’t insensitive or a jerk. Lenny was probably my favorite even though his role felt underrated in the story. He is kind, dependable, and I love his eccentricities. I love how close-knit their friendship is and how comfortable they are with each other.
Reading about the different “Kiss Cam” segments made me laugh. Some of them were very absurd and others just silly. The shared kisses between Juniper and Jasper are very swoon-worthy. I really appreciate that the author did not make the relationship between Jasper and Juniper come out as “instalove” or as anything cheesy. You can tell that they have a very close bond from the start (sometimes the best way to form a real long lasting type of relationship is to start off as friends).
Kiss Cam is an entertaining, fast and enjoyable book to read. I love the characters and especially the dares. Though the book wasn’t super serious in tone, when the friendship between Jasper and Juniper started to change and threatened to be ruined I had tears in my eyes. I worried about how things would turn out for them.
One of my favorite things about Kiss Cam that I really love is the cute chapter titles. When I read the title of Chapter 12 “Ride me Like Rudolph” I laughed so much. It isn’t easy writing a book about emotions and changing dynamics in friendships but I think Kiara London did a really fantastic job. The story felt fluid and the tone light and cheery in all the right places, and more serious and somber in others.
I highly recommend Kiss Cam to any YA contemporary lover seeking something a little silliness and a fun book to read, but who also wants a story with substance and heart.
Thank you Swoon Reads and Hannah at The Irish Banana Reviews for giving me the chance to participate in this tour and get a chance to read this awesome book.
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