Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher
Publication Date: November 1, 2007
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: winter break, skiiing, stepmoms, boys!
Where I heard about it: Ashley Loves Books
Format read: Paperback from the library.
Summary: Sam and her brother are off to a ski lodge for their dad’s honeymoon to a cute, spunky lady (who, of course, Sam can’t stand). Trying to distract herself from being away from her best friend during her winter break and watching her dad make puppy dog eyes at his new bride, Sam decides she is going to find a boy on this trip.
This is the perfect book to curl up with when you have a few hours to spare and some peppermint mocha at your side.
It’s not a holiday book, exactly. Sam’s family is Jewish and they are spending winter break up in the mountains. But there is snow, hot chocolate, karaoke and cute boys.
While Sam is on the prowl for her first real kiss (and maybe a little more than that), she is also coming to terms with her dad being married to someone she hardly knows and watching the two being so much more affectionate than she has ever seen him and her own mother. Sher is spot on with the changing dynamic in Sam’s family, and while sometimes she is over-dramatic when it comes to certain aspects of this remarriage, I totally understand where she is coming from.
One thing that really surprised me was how open this book was about sex. From the fluffy title, I had no idea sex would be so openly discussed but I really liked how Sam was not shy with us readers about how she felt, what she wanted, and who else was doing it.
Enter Drew, the hot ski instructor, who is totally interested in Sam. The shared moments between the two range from sizzling to uncomfortable, and I really liked how Sam handled herself in this situation. I certainly had a hunch where all of this was going but I was proud of the way that Sam was able to come into her own and be herself.
One missed opportunity in the book is Sam’s brother, Jeremy. He’s two years older than Sam, and would rather watch wrestling than hang out with some cute girls. That was odd to me because he is 18 and I could swear I nailed his storyline but Sher left him hanging and Jeremy (sadly) remains a mystery.
Unexpected drama from back home manages to wiggle its way into Sam’s trip, and practically collide with all of the misadventures she’s experiencing on and off the slopes. It may be pretty predictable but it is fun nonetheless. With a picturesque lodge, lively main character, and some risque moments, Kissing Snowflakes is a guaranteed speedy and sweet read!
Someone I knew once said, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” Now, trust me, you don’t want to hear me sing so instead I’m going to pick a tune by someone much more talented than me that best fits the winter/holiday book I’m reviewing. Today I’m going for something sweet, sexy, and chilly. So how about the soulful sounds of Boyz II Men crooning “Let It Snow”?
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