– The Book –
Synopsis: She never thought a kiss could kill…
Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in…and she wanted to make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died—right in her arms.
Was she really the only person in the entire school who didn’t know about his peanut allergy? Or that eating a peanut butter sandwich and then kissing him would be deadly? Overnight Sam turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she’ll have to find a way to forgive herself before anyone else will.
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– The Author –
Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.
Janet only gives 5 stars to the books she reviews because she is an author herself and knows that no book can appeal to everyone, but like a child, it is very special to the creator.
I’M NOT HER was published by Sourcebooks Teen Fire in May 2011.
IF I TELL released Oct 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Teen Fire.
WHO I KISSED Sourcebooks Fire 2012.
Janet’s work will also appear in the THE FIRST TIME anthology, DEAR TEEN ME anthology and WHO DONE IT anthology.
– Interview With Janet Gurtler –
Thank you Janet for stopping by and answering these questions! 🙂
1) If you were on a desert island and could only take one book with you, what would it be?
Hmmmmm. Great question, hard to answer. Can I cheat and say I would take a NOTE BOOK so I could write and keep myself sane on this dessert island. Oh. I guess I just did. J
2) What inspired you to write WHO I KISSED? Why food allergies?
My son has food allergies, so it’s something that we’ve been dealing with on a daily basis since he was two and we found out about it. It’s super super common now amongst kids, so I thought it would be an interesting if somewhat emotional road to travel on in a YA story.
3) Which was your favorite character to write and why?
I LOVED Sam a lot, but writing AUNT ALLIE was the most fun. She is kooky and out there, but totally embraces herself for who she is. She is a person who is totally comfortable in her own skin and I’d like to hang out with her in real life. Plus she could do an Angel reading for me, so that would be a bonus!
4) Favorite place to write?
Where I am this very second. On my living room couch, with my feet up on a stool, lap top in my lap. (very bad for my posture. Imagine me slouching down with my feet stretched out. I’m almost lying down)
5) Anything extra you’d like to tell us about anything? 🙂
Yes. If you love a book and want to show an author you loved it, post a review on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles or on your library website or your local Indie store site. It really does help authors in these days of online communication. Your comments do matter! We love you for it and it’s a way to support future books!!!!
– My Review –
Who I Kissed by far exceeded any expectation I had for it. When you first read the synopsis you feel like the book may revolve around nut allergies… but honestly it doesn’t. Is it a huge aspect of the book? Of course it is but, there were so many other aspects that I didn’t expect and I ended up loving them all. Who I Kissed not only brings awareness to allergies, but it’s an intense journey of a girl whose one decision changed her life but not for the worst.
Read My Complete Review Here!