Secrets And Kisses


This story chronicles the life of Skylar Knight, the main character. Skylar has all kinds of issues going on in her life – friends, the final week of school, a big party, kissing, etc. And Skylar quickly finds out she's not the only one with a secret.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Girls ages of 13 to 15 would most enjoy this book. Overall, it is a quick read with some overtones of mystery that young girls may enjoy. Parents may want to buy this book if their child is interested in knowing what a regular day is like for a high school girl, and some of the issues she faces.

Woodside reviewer: The book is very realistic. It explains how things would really happen.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. Unless you're an adult that needs larger font. The pages are pretty packed with text.

Young Reader Reaction

BTSYA: Although this book did have some elements of jealousy, love, and fantasy, the way they were conveyed was a little plain. The storyline wasn’t terribly exciting, despite the thread of spies and assassins. The elements were introduced in a somewhat bland way. They were almost short with their narrations. I would have preferred learning about these elements through richer, more descriptive passages that really painted a vivid picture about the story they were retelling.

Parent Reaction

This book will bring back lots of memories of high school. The generation doesn't matter the what's important/what causes a crisis/how will I survive are the same. A nice, wholesome walk down memory lane!

Young Reader Reaction

Woodside: I picked this because of the back cover, and I liked this book. It shows what high school is really like because there is always drama between "friends." I learned that your friends are not always your friends.

Type of Book:
The book offers a teen's perspective of life in high school.
Educational Themes:

Other than the reflectiveness offered by the hey-that's-me sense teen characters, there isn't much new here.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a nice story and is an easy pick-me-up for a teen who needs that periodic affirmation that you're not the only person in the world in this situation.
Woodside reviewer: Buy! This is a good book for high school girls because it talks about

Title Secrets and Kisses
Author Celise Downs
Publisher Gemini Mojo Press © 2004
ISBN 097529072X
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.50
Genres Friendship, Coming of Age
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