Book Review: Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

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4 out of 5 stars

This is the rather epic story of Katie and Chris, from their first kiss to their search for a happily-ever-after as young adults. The story is set in the Philippines and offers a unique look into another culture. Katie basically orders Chris to kiss her at wedding of her Ate Regina in order to prevent a curse. The kiss changes everything and we get to watch as Chris and Katie’s love develops over the course of their childhood, into young adulthood.

What I Liked:

I loved the fact that it took place in the Philippines. It made for a refreshing change of pace. The characters were engaging and you can’t help rooting for both of them.

Not So Much:

I really loved this story and hesitate to criticize it for what’s not there. Having said that, for my taste, I would have liked more context to the setting. It was a while before I realized it was set in the Philippines and I could have used more background. Again, this is personal taste and the author obviously chose not to do this for a reason.

Overall:

Definitely recommended. 4/5 stars. Bautista-Yao represents a welcome voice to the YA genre.

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