Kiss Me in New York

200p. KidsCan/KCP Loft. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781771388481.
Gr 9 Up—Charlotte and Anthony meet in NYC on Christmas Eve at the airport; Charlotte's flight home to England has been canceled and Anthony was just dumped publicly by his girlfriend. Charlotte is also nursing a broken heart, so together they explore the city with the assistance of a self-help book, Get Over Your Ex in Ten Easy Steps! The book directs them to "explore alternative yous" (makeover time!), do something that scares you, and more. As they progress through the steps, they learn more about each other, somehow end up adopting a dog together, and of course, fall in love. At times, it feels like details are missing (sledding during a snowstorm is sure to cause wet jeans and shoes, but there is no mention) and the romance feels too quick. Some teenagers will enjoy this short, lighthearted, formulaic fare with quick, easy banter, but sophisticated readers should be directed to The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon or Jennifer E. Smith's books instead.
VERDICT Recommended only for high school libraries with large romance collections.

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