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Don't Kiss the Messenger (Edge Lake High School, #1)
by Katie Ray
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
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. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll fall in love.
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.
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Unfortunately a full schedule of work, family and life kind of took over for awhile, so reading has not really been a priority. But I have missed that outlet in my life. Don't Kiss The Messenger has been excellent for starting again!! It combines two of my favorite things- music and words!! Words and music joined in ways to make a story come to life. And our author weaves those words not just to tell any story, but a story with heart and passion that brings out all the feels. From the first sweet notes, through the discordant messiness and the painful crescendos, to the last echoes of sound, this author brought each character to resounding life. I could not stand for the symphony to end, because I had fallen in love with CeCe and Emmett in my own way. But not only that, Tuba and Brynn and all the supporting characters were written with such love that there was a whole other world that I just couldn't stand to leave.
Don't Kiss The Messenger is a story of coming to terms. Where many of us hide social anxieties and other things that may hold us back, CeCe can't do that. Her scar is visible for all to see. And she is judged because of it every day. Watching her take on that world everyday and conquer gives us the inspiration to move past what holds us back.
When i first started reading Don't Kiss The Messenger, I expected another ordinary love story, something about two people finding each other, the inevitable downfall and then the overcoming of whatever dramatics came between them. I got so much more! I found myself searching up song lyrics, listening to Judy Garland's smooth sultry voice, and then there were times when I was sobbing, feeling CeCe's or Emmett's intense pain. I highly recommend Don't Kiss The Messenger, with a box of Kleenex and Spotify on hand, and give it 5/5 crossbows.