March 6, 2018

Simon Pulse




A Kiss in the Dark
by Gina Ciocca   


After being kissed by a mystery guy when the lights go out during a football game, Macy is determined to figure out which of three possible boys is the culprit in this funny, poignant, and achingly romantic novel from the author of Last Year’s Mistake.

When the lights go out at a Georgia high school football game, senior Macy Atwood finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless—but he’s gone by the time the lights come back on. All she knows is that there was something special—and oddly familiar—about her mystery kisser.

Noah Granger, Ridgedale’s resident bad boy and newest transfer student, has no problem taking credit for the kiss, but Macy can’t shake the feeling that he’s lying. Especially since a photograph of Macy and former star football player Joel Hargrove resurfaced online moments before the blackout, a not-so-random reminder of how hard she fell for Joel last year. And how doing so ultimately sent her lifelong friendships with Meredith Kopala and Ben Collins up in literal smoke.

Soon last year’s wounds begin to reopen as Macy realizes the events that unfolded during junior year are somehow tied to her mystery kisser.

But the closer Macy gets to figuring it all out, the more she starts to worry that the boy who kissed her in the dark and the boy who is stealing her heart might be two very different people.


"Enjoyable, feel-good read"  By Ashia 2 weeks ago

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I was fascinated and intrigued by the blurb of the story. Our heroine gets a kiss in the dark--and it was sweet and tender and urgent and desperate--but who is it from? Therein lies the mystery. Is it from Noah Granger, attractive football player, or Joel Hargrove, former crush and all the past history she had with him. Or Ben Collins, former friend on whom her former best friend Meredith Kopola had a thing for?

We spent the entire book untangling the mystery of the past as we vacillate between what's happened in Junior Year (past) and what's happening in Senior Year (present). I really can't say much as I don't want to spoil the story for you, but I have to say that our heroine is so clueless. Well, you tend to be that way when you're hung up on something, and while she may have made some wrong decisions in Junior Year, they were logical and totally in line with her emotional state then.

I have to say I knew who she'd end up with by 40% of the book, but I couldn't have guessed at rest of the mystery. I wish there were more scenes of her and this guy during Senior Year to give credence to their feelings--Hey, a year had passed since then. So many things could've happened. In fact, I wouldn't have objected to more scenes, but at the same time, I thought their last scene together was romantic, especially when you considered all the things he did for her and what he wrote on the back of the picture.

Another thing: I find it a bit weird that other people would know the truth, while Macy, who's at the center of things, would be left in the dark. Perhaps that's the theme of the story, in which case, the title is especially apt, because it's not only the kiss that she received in the dark, but she's in the dark the entire time.

Some issues were also raised and I thought the author handled them well, especially with regard to the different ways people--even those closest to us--would react when faced with such news.

A KISS IN THE DARK is an enjoyable, feel-good read fans of YA contemporary romance would enjoy.