Lynda review’s A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance
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One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Ugly cry and a box of tissues.
I agreed to read this without reading the blurb, then i read the blurb and though oh no what have I got myself into.
This book broke me. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful. The story starting when Rune and Poppy are 5 years old instantly entraps you. The sheer happiness of a child finding a new friend.
“You live right next door, you’re a Viking and I just love Vikings. I think we should be best friends”
But you can feel that it won’t be long until the heart break starts.
The powerful emotions within the pages of this story are devastating. When poppy is issued a big adventure from her ailing Mamaw she takes hold with both hands, coupled with Runes sheer determination to be the one Poppy has the adventure with a thousand boy kisses is born.
But thing don’t always go according to plan.
When Rune returns he’s a different boy. A dark broody 17 year old with a chip on his shoulder. Seeing how Rune changed with the event of the past and how it drained him of his passion for his dreams is heartbreaking.
When Poppy and Runes paths are rejoined it will never be the same.
“For you it’s unfair. I believe the opposite. We came back together for a reason. Perhaps it’s a lesson we may struggle to learn until it’s learned”
Watching Poppy and Rune finish her adventure is both beautiful and devastating. Seeing these two characters grow and change with the unavoidable end of the adventure is soul shaking.
Tillie Cole has undoubtably created a deep flowing story of trials triumphs and loss. I was utterly engrossed the entire story even while the “ugly cry” was happening. I do not regret reading this book. It is definitely one of those stories that will stay with me for years.
And the ending, It’s utterly beautiful.
“I realised why all of this felt so real. My heart beat faster in my chest. Because if it was real… If I had judged this correctly…
This isn’t a dream… Is it?