Review: Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Boys) by Amy Spalding

The Blurb

Sneak out. Make out. Rock out.

Riley and her best guy friend, Reid, have made a pact: they’ll help each other pursue their respective crushes, make something happen, and document the details in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over a girl’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, the guy she’s been obsessed with forever. His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But between a chance meeting with a fellow musician in a record store and a brief tryst with a science-geek-turned-stud-not to mention Ted’s own tentative attentions-cute guys are suddenly popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! As their love lives go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid’s pact may prove to be more than they bargained for.

Filled with cute dogs, cute boys, and a few awkward hookups, this hilarious tale from Amy Spalding chronicles the soaring highs and embarrassing lows of dating in high school.

The Review

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) is an entertaining YA novel that focuses on the life of drummer girl Riley who is completely butt-monkey in love with Ted Callahan. However, in her attempt to woo Mr Callahan happens to become embroiled in a variety of romantic trysts. All of which are great until Riley manages to actually snare Ted Callahan and then she has some serious decisions to make.

Throughout all of this, Riley is sharing her boy adventures with best friend Reid in a notebook. When this notebook goes missing, panic sets in and almost destroys everything.

Ok. Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) isn’t a book that is going to change your life but it will provide a few hours of entertainment. It is well written and Spalding has not relied on clichés to drive the story such as Riley and Reid realising that they liked each other all along. I would have found that extremely jarring.

Whilst the story was told from Riley’s perspective, the interludes from Reid were interesting and helped break up the narrative. I think this was necessary because there wasn’t a whole lot of rise and fall in the narrative. I felt that there were only two plot points that raised the narrative.

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) is an enjoyable read that focuses on the problems of a young adult. It is good but in the grand scheme of the books that I have read this is definitely a filler not a killer.

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding is available now.

Kissing Ted Callahan

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