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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak

When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (177 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Emma Landon has a plan: she's going to be in the high school musical and sing the most romantic song possible to her boyfriend. She's not looking for the lead, just a decent part where she and Trevor can dance together on stage. The plan starts to unravel when she gets the starring role, and playing opposite her is not her perfect boyfriend, but the school loner, Biker Mike. When Mike kisses Emma at the school dance, everything changes. Emma must figure out what is more important—the way things look or something deeper.

When Mike Kissed Emma, it changed everything. Her perfect boyfriend no longer seemed so perfect, the world became a lot more complex, and she started to witness and perceive things in an entirely different light. But when what you want comes at the cost of what you know, what do you do? Thus is the story of When Mike Kissed Emma, a young adult tale that is as endearing as it is sugary sweet.

I must confess that as I read this story, I reverted back to the old 80’s movie classic, Grease II. Christine Marciniak has provided all the classic elements: The “rebel”, the girl that adores him in secret, the high school musical, and the cast of characters that make it memorable. There is even an aptly dubbed “Snack Shack” and a vintage 1941 Indian Chief motorcycle. It’s a modern day story with a retro feel, something you no longer find on the bookshelves. The plot doesn’t revolve around new clothes, being the most popular girl in school, or snagging the homecoming crown. This is a lesson in learning about who you are, and more importantly, who brings out the person inside you want to be.

Very enjoyable, especially if you want something that doesn’t include an absorbent amount of teen angst. When Mike Kissed Emma is a wonderful read.