When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.
Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.
But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.
Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.
“The simplest things can mean so much.” A universal but often forgotten truth—and a great way to sum up what Ines Bautista-Yao’s latest offering is all about. At its core, it’s a simple love story about a pair of best friends, but it’s infused with so much warmth, honesty, and charm that you’ll be glad you took a break from melodrama and sicktopia for now. Another truth: nobody does heartfelt, wholesome fiction quite as well as Ines does. —Marla Miniano, Editor in Chief, Candy Magazine
“It felt so genuine that I wanted to jump right into the story and talk to Chris and Katie. I saw echoes of myself in both of them, and that made me both love them and want to shake some sense into them.” —Lia London, author and founder of Clean Indie Reads
“From the first page of this book I loved it. I couldn’t put it down and read half of it in one sitting. This book is very well written. You can feel tension building at just the right times and when it all comes crashing down you are crying right along with the characters. This book had a simple plot that draws you in and doesn’t let you go until you have made two new best friends in Chris and Katie.” —Emma Poulloura, book blogger