By: Kiara London
Release Date: October 18, 2016
In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what's a little harmless kissing between friends?
Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge "shippers" who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.
Juniper and Jasper's relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different "Kiss Cam" segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn't mean anything. After all, it's just kissing… right?
I have to say I’m slightly obsessed with Jasiper, they were absolutely adorable in every way. Kiara London did a wonderful job introducing us to in my opinion some of the most addicting loveable characters I’ve read in a while. There was unrequited love, requited love, confusion, teenage angst, best friends, rebounds, love of family and friends, just an all-around great book with so much going for it. I almost stopped to see if the vlog existed that’s how much I wanted to see them live.
We meet Lenny, Jasper and Juniper who are constantly vlogging everything they do. They are quirky and interesting and not your normal typical cookie cutter teenagers. But their issues are real, and love is tough no matter which way you take it. The three have a very strong connection to one another and have been the best of friends for the longest time. The vlogging community has been trying to ship two of them together for the longest time. In comes the infamous KissCam which ships together Jasper and Juniper.
Their relationship has always been strong together but with this brings new complications and you get hints here and there that maybe one person likes the other more than the other or vice versa. It was intense and the anticipation was explosive. I felt every bit of tension between them throughout the whole book and it was addicting, I didn’t want to put it down but knew I had to get up early in the morning. The tension, oh the tension so fascinating! But there was a lot of confusion between the two of them and it just caused more drama then necessary. Sometimes fear really does win over and it’s sad because really you just have to let yourself go and be free.
There were a lot of really great moments throughout the book and there was a lot of time when these kids are left alone, but are they kids as it seemed they were seniors in high school and things could have been much worse. They were very innocent but sweet and still it was just a pleasure to read the experiences these friends had with one another going through the motions of growing up and realizing what you have, and what you don’t have. I loved the relationship between Juniper and her parents, it was sweet and her father was just too good to be true, very caring and understanding. Definitely father of the year right there, and funny to boot.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book from the beginning to the very end, so much so that I didn’t even want it to end. Maybe it’s the little reality shows that I like to watch but this was the best book because all I could do is picture it in real life, it’s realistic, sweet, addicting and I am totally team Jasiper! Definitely need some more and I will definitely have to read more from this author. Too good!
The cover is very cute and eye catching too, you just don’t know what you are going to get with a cover like that but it was just the perfect read for me right now.
I received this book from NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!