Kiss

Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children They ve always played together, eaten with each other s families, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they d end up married to each other They even have a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone and the glass hut where it s all created, at theSylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children They ve always played together, eaten with each other s families, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they d end up married to each other They even have a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone and the glass hut where it s all created, at the bottom of Carl s garden But as they become teenagers, things are starting to change They each have different friends Sylvie would still rather spend all her time with Carl But Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking all his attention And he seems much less happy to be called Sylvie s boyfriend And in a game of spin the bottle, he avoids having to kiss her Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that her plans for the future may be affected But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all A moving, compelling and delicately handled treatment of sexuality from the Children s Laureate.
Kiss Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children They ve always played together eaten with each other s families called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and deep down Sylvie has a

  • Title: Kiss
  • Author: Jacqueline Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780385610100
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Kiss”

    1. I was a fair bit younger when I went through my Jacqueline Wilson phase, and most of her more recent books I haven't read. But I picked up the reader for this one, and it's like - ah. She's reliable. So, Sylvie and Carl have always been best friends, with their own private fantasy world and Sylvie's own assumption they're going to grow up and get married. Only of course it doesn't work like that. Carl changes schools, and they both have to learn who they are without each other. It's not a fun ro [...]

    2. I never ever thought I'd feel like this. I thought I'd just coast along somehow. I've always been carefulI felt so safe, you and me and our own private world. I didn't have a clue about what it's like to fall in love. It's frightening because it's so intense, it kind of takes you over. It's just like every stupid cliché, every silly song. You can't eat, you can't concentrate, you can't sleep. You just think about the other person all the time, even though you know it's crazyI knew I didn't stan [...]

    3. I love reading Jacqueline Wilson for the fact that she often makes me empathize with her teenaged protagonists in a way I find very real and true. In this case my empathy was with Carl, the best friend to Sylvie, the protagonist. Sylvie is pretty likeable but she is made to be almost too naïve when the reader is aware of what is troubling Carl long before she realises it. As for other characters, Miranda is somewhat problematic. I don't like preachy books at all but her excessive drinking and r [...]

    4. Kiss is a novel written by Jacqueline Wilson, it is based on a boy and a girl, named Carl and Sylvie, who have been best friends ever since they were tiny, they've even called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and Sylvie imagines them getting married one day. They've always played games together, and made stories in Carl's glass hut about their dream world – Glassworld. But as they grow older, when they both go to high school, Carl attends a different school and Sylvie starts to see that Car [...]

    5. Reading this now, nearly a decade after it was published, and after having read so many more books with LGBT+ protagonists, has been hilarious. It's not the best representation of a boy discovering his sexuality, as the girls in his life make everything about them and his parents seem to want to think it's just a 'phase'. The phrase 'he's not old enough to decide yet' is actually used, and I was like ??? I'm pretty sure at 14, you can be sure of the legitimacy of your feelings. I was really look [...]

    6. This book has many nostalgic feelings about it because although I didn't read this particular book as a child; being 14 when this book came out, I had decided I was far too grown up to read 'children's books', I loved Jacqueline Wilson books throughout my childhood. Any one of her books fills me with memories of reading and discovering my love for sitting down with a good book. I knew before I read this book that it would be great! It was!Reading this book reminded me how fantastically Jacquelin [...]

    7. Carl and Sylvie have lived next door to each other and been friends forever, and Sylvie had always believed that one day they would get married, but lately something seems different about Carl. Carl has earned a scholarship to Kingsmere Grammar, an exclusive all boys’ high school, and Sylvie misses having Carl around at school. After school, he seems to want to spend less and less time with Sylvie and doesn’t seem interested in playing Glassworld an elaborate fantasy the world that the two o [...]

    8. Still angry about Kiss because I LOVED Jacqueline Wilson growing up, I've read so many of her books (even now, my younger sisters sometimes bring home her newest books and I often end up reading them). I have the greatest respect for her writing, I think she's brilliant and super talented at getting into a child's head, and this is why I find it so terrible. She wrote this book after over two decades as a successful children's author, where the vast majority of her books are about girls and are [...]

    9. Source: I own this book. Cost: Unknown Title:Kiss Author:Jacqueline Wilson Genre:Middle grade, contemporary Overall Rating:3 starsThis is your typical, reliable Jacqueline Wilson book with a bit of an LGBT+ twist. Wilson was the person who presented darker and tougher topics to me as a child, and I think that's kind of why I'm slightly more understanding to certain things than some others, if that makes sense. She tackles sexuality, divorce, poverty, bullying, and adoption in her middle grade to [...]

    10. This novel tells the story of Carl and Sylvie who have been best friends throughout primary school. However, Sylvie starts noticing that Carl is becoming more and more distant and reluctant to spend time with Sylvie. This is the main focus of the story, the changing relationship between Sylvie and Carl. I was looking forward to reading this book as I have not read a Jacqueline Wilson book in a very long time (we are talking 5+ years) and I found that I enjoyed it almost as much as I had done whe [...]

    11. What happens when your BFF is the boy next door - the boy you're in love with - and that boy is in love with another boy at school? Sylvie and Carl's Glassworld seems to rip-off Bridge to Terebithia and The Secret Language, but that's a minor complaint. Far more important is the way Sylvie grows up with her new friend, Miranda, and learns to accept change (like Mom dating). Carl's "secret" is handled sensitively, although I did wonder whether having his family (and Sylvie and Miranda) accept him [...]

    12. A beautiful story of friendship, sexuality and love. The best of Jacqueline Wilson, such a great story, well-paced and has a real plot to it. Even though Carl and Sylvie are quite annoying at the parts to do with Glassworld, they are intriguing and fascinating other times. Miranda spices things up and so does Paul.I read this when I was about 11 and really enjoyed it, reading it a lot. When I got to the age of 14, I read it again. This time I cried. I was about the same age as them at this point [...]

    13. I decided to re-read my childhood collection of Jacqueline Wilson books and this was my latest read. However, I've realised that maybe this book shouldn't have been in my childhood collection, as it was very mature. However, thats how I like them!'Kiss' is a story for older fans of Jacqueline Wilson. It's based on the character of Sylvie who is going through that awkward stage of growing up. She has no breasts, she's not started her period and she has never been kissed. And to top it all off, he [...]

    14. This book, set in England during the mid-2000s, made the Rainbow Book List in 2011. The Rainbow Book List is described by the American Library Association as "an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content." This book fits the criteria very well. Carl's struggle with his identity, falling in love with a classmate who doesn't reciprocate and bullying from other students is presented realistically. None of the story is sugarcoated, yet there is no gratuitous s [...]

    15. Sylvia is a girl whose fantasy never ends, she has her own mythical world with her best friend Carl. They call it glass world. Her life is perfect with only Carl and her. They do everything together, well the did everything together. They are now teenagers and have changed. Carl has moved on but Sylvia still wants to be best friends with Carl and she still wants to keep playing glass world. But this isn't easy. Although she doesn't know it something very shoking will change the way she thinks ab [...]

    16. Nahhhhhhh. I guess I'm too old for that shit, I don't know.Seriously though. The main character really annoyed me. I guess she's exactly the kind of girl I really would not have gotten along with when I was her age.The only thing that was sort of interesting was Carl's sexuality, but even that was not handled that well. I felt like his sexuality was sort of denied at the end? I mean, he could have been bisexual, but I really didn't get that vibe from the ending. It was more like "Yeah, I did kis [...]

    17. I'm honestly surprised how well this book held up, and how much of it I remembered, considering the last time I read it was eight years ago.I read this to fulfil 'A book you haven't read since high school' for the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016, and I'm so glad I did. This was definitely one of the first pieces of LGBTQ fiction I'd ever read (back at the wee age of 12), and it definitely played a monumental part in my reading, and personal, future and development.I loved Jacqueline Wilson as a [...]

    18. Honestly, I can't get why would that book's ending be like that. It's not that I have something against homosexual people, not at all, I'm just saying that the ending was completely disappointing and didn't go with the flow of the whole plot. I really expected way more things and yeah, I can tell it's the kind of book that when you finish it, you just throw it out of the window without even having second thoughts.

    19. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had a brilliant plot and I would, and have, read it again many times. It shows becoming a teenager perfectly; proving how becoming a teenager isn't all its said out to be, and that nothing can go quite to plan.Would highly recommend to any teen.

    20. I decided to reread this book following my randomly remembering it to a friend of mine when we were discussing our first ventures into LGBTQ+ fiction and oh man. I got this book the day it came out, back in 2007 when I was ten years old. And obviously, being the Jacqueline Wilson die-hard fan I was, I read it immediately and I remember being absolutely and completely FLOORED by the plot twist. At the time, I had encountered absolutely no LGBTQ+ content in the fiction or wider media that I consum [...]

    21. this is one of the best jacqueline wilsons out there, in my opinion, but it does have some pretty big failings. i loved glassworld and the stories about it, but it seemed quite forced in some places, and not especially relevant to the current plote main plot point of the book is carl being gay, and his and his peers' subsequent reactions to this fact. it's revealed quite late in the book, but it's quite obvious that that's where the plot is going after just a few chapters. it's also not handled [...]

    22. picked this book up because i felt nostalgic and it sold for 1.50 pounds???? I've grown older so this book didn't really suit my tastes but would have been a great novel to read when i was younger as this story delves into themes regarding sexuality and feeling comfortable in your own skin and also experiencing young love and heartbreak :'-(

    23. I thought it was a amazing book! it had a beautiful meaning like a lot of other Jacqueline Wilson books. it was about a girl in love with a boy who didn't love her back. it means a lot to me. Unfortunetly, the story's ending was extremely sad which actually made me cry!!

    24. This was a really interesting read, as I was impressed to see Wilson writing for older readers. I do still prefer the cute characters and the giggling fits, but I appreciated the effort

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