Wednesday, July 15, 2020

#BookReview: I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch, Victoria Ying (Illustrator)

Synopsis: For fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and FangirlI Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between.

Rhodes and Iliana couldn't be more different, but that's not why they hate each other.

Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator's block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.

They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other...a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other's future?

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Rating: ★★
My Review: This story started out pretty well. However, the second half just felt like it was trying to hard and that the author lost focus on what she was trying to do.  I love enemies to lovers. But for teens when that relationship is toxic I just can't get behind it. The story was bogged down with these two girls and their online presence and it just didn't really tell the story all that well.  The cheaters weren't very distinct and I felt going into each POV that they sounded the same and didn't have their own voices.  Also this one deals with mental health with Rhodes having depression but this is pretty much just gets blowed over.  Also this could be a triggering topic as the book talks about death and dying.  

Overall, this was a story that could have been amazing.  It had mixed media which was interesting and a dual POV that could have worked so well to get a well rounded story.  However, this one feels like a debut and really needed some extra work.  


"The swoony queer romcom of my heart... A pitch-perfect ode to the creative process and the special magic that happens when you find someone who loves what you love. I adored it."
―Rachel Hawkins, New York Times-bestselling author of Prince Charming and Her Royal Highness

"The protagonists are alive with emotions and flaws, and their chemistry as both enemies and allies crackles off the pages... Come for the rivalry, stay for the romance." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Birch keeps the tension high, presenting everything―love, hate, class differences, scheming mothers, backstabbing friends―at a fever pitch... Roller-coaster reading." ―Publishers Weekly

"A delightfully fun and devastatingly romantic story with all your favorite fanfic tropes: rivals-to-lovers, mistaken identity, and slow, slow burn... A loving homage to fandom and queer girls and artistic identity."
―Victoria Lee, author of The Fever King

"Romantic and intense, I Kissed Alice explores the complicated line between love and hate and the life-altering power of changing one’s perspective. A sparkling, thought-provoking debut!"
―Ashley Herring Blake, author of Girl Made of Stars and How to Make a Wish

"If you've been on the hunt for a true enemies-to-lovers queer YA that will make your heart race and your happiness increase, then you need I Kissed Alice immediately. This book is imbued with so much to love―geeky collaboration, friendship politics, competition, secret identities―and Birch pulls it all together with a deft hand, launching herself into the YA sphere as an author to watch."
―Rachel Strolle, Teen Services Coordinator, Glenside Public Library District
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Anna Birch is the author of I Kissed Alice. She was born 'n' raised in a rural area on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. She traded thick forests and dirt roads for the heart of the city, where she lives now with her husband, three children, and dog. She loves knitting, brie, and hanging out with her family.

Victoria Ying is an author and artist living in Los Angeles. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, which eventually turned into a career working in animation and graphic novels. She loves Japanese curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and taking them out again, and hanging out with her dopey dog. Her film credits include FrozenMoana, TangledWreck-It RalphBig Hero 6, and Paperman. She the illustrator of the DC Comics graphic novel Diana: Princess of the Amazons and the author and illustrator of her original graphic novel City of Secrets. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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