About an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, when the girl next door becomes something more; they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family. Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it.
First Kiss is not exactly what I expected, there was a time where I think the characters are way too young, or the story dragged. But the ending was pretty unexpected.
Nevertheless, I love these kids! Yes! They were young, especially Alyssa. Jake and she grew up together and have been friends and neighbors since they were young. Their lives drifted apart somewhere along the way, Jake was busy with forming a band and becoming famous, while Alyssa was focused on her friends and her sports, volleyball. Their paths once again crossed when Summer began, and unexpectedly – chemistry sparked.
Since she was young, and they both knew Alyssa’s parents would most likely not allow their daughter to get involve with him, they kept their relationship a secret. Most often, she would sneak up to his room and spend some time there. It was weird and I totally understand Alyssa’s older sister why she was opposed to the two – her sister was very young, naïve and doesn’t have any experience with boys, while Jake who’s 18 has been with girls, have done drugs and booze. How can they carry on a relationship? Will Alyssa get out of it unscathed when Jake no longer wanted her?
The dual-POV was a blessing. I always loved getting into the brains of the characters, and not second-guessing them. I liked Jake – he was a gentleman, and did not force Alyssa to do anything that she wasn’t ready for. You may wonder why of all people, he fell for someone way younger. There were a lot of girls, but why Alyssa? Well, she’s the only remaining NORMAL in his life. She makes him feel loved and everything about the two of them just feels real. BUT of course, I would have preferred if he waited for her to grow up a little more.
I never expected the novel to be that long. It was more than what I expected. Nevertheless, it was amazing how the author was able to manage to compress almost ALL teenage issues into one book. And what I love more about this novel are the songs!!! It wasn’t just the tunes or the melody, but the lyrics were pretty great as well!
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beach-side city up and down the coast. Annie's debut novel and first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, just released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship.
Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.
Annie is now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.