Publishers Weekly Praised this YA Novel
Lip gloss addict Emerson Taylor and her best friend, Trina, have declared this year the Year of the Boy and vowed to find boyfriends. But for Emerson, there’s just one problem: she can read the mind of anyone whose lips touch hers. It’s totally creepy—and at first it seems like a curse. But Emerson soon realizes there are perks to her strange talent—like the ability to steal secrets, memories, and most importantly, test answers. If Emerson doesn’t bring up her grades soon, her days at her private school will be numbered. But kissing for grades is stickier than lip gloss, and Emerson’s about to learn some lessons not found in her textbooks—lessons about true love, and real beauty. Oh, why can’t life be as simple as choosing the perfect shade of lip gloss?
"…a breath of fresh air!"
"Anderson has crafted a teen story without the typical cast of neglectful parents, rebellious kids, and uncaring teachers. Despite Emerson's clairvoyance, she is a refreshingly normal teen. This is not a story about vampires, zombies, death, addiction, bullying, divorce, poverty, or identity. Emerson's mistakes are her own, a result of her weaknesses rather than a response to the weaknesses of the adults in her life. And in the end, this is what I liked so much about Emerson. It doesn't take an apocalypse for her to change her ways, just a dose of good, old fashioned mother love."
"Throughout the story I saw Emerson coming into her own, transforming from an egotistical, immature girl to a responsible, altruistic young woman. In the end she had me pulling for her and hoping she would use her gift for good. Great debut, Katie D. Anderson. Now I will wait patiently for the sequel...hint hint. ;)"
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