A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime by Monica Murphy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Goody two shoes!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 😍😚😉🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Wren Beaumont – The beautiful ‘good girl’ at Lancaster Prep school. Wren is a virgin who wears a purity ring. She is known as the sweet, innocent girl with good grades that everyone is drawn to. She is scared of Crew Lancaster.
The Hero: Crew Lancaster – He is one of the wealthy Lancaster’s of Lancaster Prep. He thinks Wren is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen and she is also the bane of his existence. She is a leader and a queen of light at the school, while he is a dark king. He waits at the front of the school every day to see if she will acknowledge him and that day hasn’t come in over three years.
The Story: Crew knows what a good girl Wren is and he is a bit obsessed with her innocence. He wants to corrupt her in every way and have all her firsts. Wren does actually see Crew, she sees how much power he seems to wield with just a glance, how he is cruel, unyielding, mean and snarly and everyone always comes back for more.
The book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. It was narrated by Kelsey Navarro and James Anderson Foster. James is a decent narrator but definitely sounds like a 40 year old man and not at all like a high school kid. He does a fine job if you just want someone to read the book to you, but personally I like to listen to someone who could be the character. Kelsey has the same problem, she sounds way too old to be a high school girl. Though neither narrator is bad or annoying so there is that.
When Wren’s favorite teach pairs her and Crew on a big psychology project where they have to interview each other over the next three weeks and report on the findings, they have no choice but to get to know each other very well. I have to say Wren is pretty unlikable from the beginning, I mean it wasn’t just that she was innocent, but she was too goody two shoes, and haughty about her beliefs like the fact that she doesn’t curse and never has before. A number of people even mentioned how judgmental she was.
I can see the whole student body just waiting for her to fall off her pedestal even though most of them like her and think she is sweet. That is just how kids are. I liked the sexual tension between Crew and Wren, but her childishness and prudishness got on my nerves. It isn’t just the purity or even the fact that she doesn’t curse or skip classes. It is also the fact that she always wears Mary Jane shoes (albeit Doc Martens Mary Jane’s) and a bow in her hair like a little girl. Of course she gets better as the book goes on, but it was just too late for me.
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