Kiss Collector
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect. Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.

Kiss Collector Details

TitleKiss Collector
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 18th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062795212
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Kiss Collector Review

  • Wendy Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    BAM.My very first full length contemporary romance novel! It made me cry much more than I anticipated. Lots of the issues were close to my heart--things I dealt with as a teen. I hope you love Zae and enjoy her journey from young adult to adult as much as I did. Smooches!!*Update* If you're reading an ARC of KC, we are aware of the "extra-s" copy editing glitch before every ellipses. So sorry!! It will be fixed before the final book publishes.
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    ‘‘Enough! No more relationships. Men are incapable of being faithful and I shall not let my heart be destroyed by them once more!’’Is what Zae is thinking as she is planning a kiss competition with her best girlfriends to see who can collect the most kisses. Except, not in those exact words, because my creative mind has missed a few days of work due to laziness and now it’s working overtime. You see, her boyfriend, with whom she was madly in love (or so she thought), cheated on her. And her fath ‘‘Enough! No more relationships. Men are incapable of being faithful and I shall not let my heart be destroyed by them once more!’’Is what Zae is thinking as she is planning a kiss competition with her best girlfriends to see who can collect the most kisses. Except, not in those exact words, because my creative mind has missed a few days of work due to laziness and now it’s working overtime. You see, her boyfriend, with whom she was madly in love (or so she thought), cheated on her. And her father, who was supposed to be a male role model in her life, gave up on his long marriage with her mother. ‘‘What a loser!’’Oops, there goes my overtime and underpaid employee again. Is Zae right to forsake romantic relationships and label her dad and every other guy out there a hormone-saturated creature without the chromosomes necessary for starting a stable and long-lasting relationship? No, of course not! But for a couple of hours—let’s say 5—you have to be in the mind of someone who thinks she is right in her thinking that. Which I personally did not mind doing. Watching Zae take control of her own body and claiming those kisses like a boss was a lot of fun. I predicted drama would ensue, rightly so, and with drama sometimes comes a llama. So this was entertaining, but as mentioned above, predictable. Also, there is a love-triangle you’ll want to murder. Decent and enjoyable on a summer day (unfortunately it comes out in December so you may not find one right away). I just wouldn’t auto-buy if I were you. PS. This was a hell of a weird review. But I am pleased to announce my now disgruntled employee has clocked out. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I’m super picky when it comes to contemporary, but I loved this one! Zae was relatable in her struggles. It took me back to high school...loving your friends, sometimes being jealous of them. But no matter what, you had each others’ backs. Also the book had boys, a lot of boys! Especially one particular cute one! The poem moments were sweet, and I seriously adored the ending!
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    So freaking unbelievably good. Review to come closer to release date.
  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    A new book by Wendy Higgins?!!!1?!???!?!!!?And I like the sound of that title ;)))) Edit 19/5/17: So it seems we have a blurb and this will be a contemporary romance. My body is ready.
  • Bitchin' Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my darn silly heart warming at all the happiness at the end of this book. This is exactly what I needed to get out of my reading slump.
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe has had it with relationships. Between getting cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved and watching her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to turn the tables and take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.For the longest time, men have been categorized as cheaters and douchebags. There are Twitter ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe has had it with relationships. Between getting cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved and watching her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to turn the tables and take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.For the longest time, men have been categorized as cheaters and douchebags. There are Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr accounts fully dedicated to trashing males (I know because I follow some of them). But have you ever seen an account that exposes women? No, because that will be considered sexist. It’s quite the double standard. Where did we get this idea that girls don’t cheat? It’s happened countless times in the history of humanity, especially in recent years. Not all girls are faithful and not all guys are unfaithful. That’s the truth.This book is mainly about girl empowerment and giving a twist to gender stereotypes. The main character, Zae, is done with relationships, so she opts for a more carefree, fun and easy lifestyle. It’s all fun and games in the beginning. She assumed that none of the guys will get attached and it wouldn’t turn complicated. But, it’s not long before things get messy and Zae has to deal with the aftermath of what she did. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. The overall message is not so much that ''Girls can do the same things as guys'' as I expected, it’s actually ''Girls can make the same mistakes as guys''. If you use and deceive others without having any regards for their feelings, you're a crappy person. Doesn't matter what gender you are. I would definitely recommend it. It’s a fun, cute story but with a great message!
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  • Katie Olley
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic new book, with hot guys galoreI recommend Kiss Collector - it’s worth an explore!————————————————————I’ll try my best to give a review that’s not biased But I love Wendy Higgins, I hold her the highest.She’s a wonderful author and with her talent she writesBooks I get hooked to, books full of delightsKiss Collector is written amazingly so,from the view of the beautiful Zae Monroe Zae’s having some trouble at high school you seeSo to help her recover, here’s her latest theoryShe’ What a fantastic new book, with hot guys galoreI recommend Kiss Collector - it’s worth an explore!————————————————————I’ll try my best to give a review that’s not biased But I love Wendy Higgins, I hold her the highest.She’s a wonderful author and with her talent she writesBooks I get hooked to, books full of delightsKiss Collector is written amazingly so,from the view of the beautiful Zae Monroe Zae’s having some trouble at high school you seeSo to help her recover, here’s her latest theoryShe’s seen relationships shatter - ones close to her heartso she needs a new plan and here’s how she’ll startShe’ll kiss a few boys and not want for moreBoys are just drama of that she’s now sureShe’s kissing to heal her poor battered soulTo forget her heart’s pain, is her primary goalShe’ll kiss athletes and poets and musicians for sure,She’ll kiss bad boys and skaters, their lips are her cureShe’ll challenge her friends to join in the funOf collecting some kisses and when they are doneThey’ll smile and say thank you then hold their heads highAs they find their next target, some other cute guySo there you have it, Zae’s Spring break goalTo have fun with her friends, whilst mending her soulCan a kiss, be a kiss and nothing more?A simple challenge with friends and a final score?Or will hearts be broken? Will Zae need a protector?To find out the answers...READ KISS COLLECTOR!!
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Is this a new book?!?!?!?!
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! Thank you to HarperCollins for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Full disclosure: I'm in a permanent love affair with Wendy Higgins as an author. The Sweet Evil series still makes me swoon every time I think about it fondly and its oh so adorable lead couple, Anna and Kaidan. So when I saw that Wendy was taking a trip away from Fantasy lane to publish a contemporary romance book - I knew I had to get my hands on it. A My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! Thank you to HarperCollins for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Full disclosure: I'm in a permanent love affair with Wendy Higgins as an author. The Sweet Evil series still makes me swoon every time I think about it fondly and its oh so adorable lead couple, Anna and Kaidan. So when I saw that Wendy was taking a trip away from Fantasy lane to publish a contemporary romance book - I knew I had to get my hands on it. AND BOY DID IT NOT DISAPPOINT. With girl squads, boy issues, family drama, and a future so unplanned that it looks like a desert wasteland, how could you not get excited? Wendy's quick wit and startling ability to weave a complicated tale well continues on in this new sub-genre with Zae Monroe. Our story starts out with her world being completely shattered her boyfriend Wylie cheats on her, her parents split up (in which she finds out that her dad is moving in with his girlfriend), and she's moving out of the only home she's ever known. The only guy who hasn't let her down at this point is her younger brother, Zeb. It's at this point when she's out with her group of three girl friends from the cheer team that Zae gets the best idea: instead of dating boys who use and abuse them - why don't they turn the tables on the guys and use them for kisses? All four girls them agree to spend their spring break collecting kisses from guys, with the girl having the most kissed guys winning. Zae's life starts out a perfect picture and turns into a total mess... rightfully so. The thing I loved about this book is that it felt so genuine and real what our heroine goes through. None of it is made to feel like this image of utopia or that everything will be right going forward. Life is hard, you have to work hard to fix your mistakes and choose to stay with the people you love. The challenge here feels tough and Zae struggles hard with it - and blunders her way through it multiple times. Her mistakes along the way are big and the consequences are real, to which she admits she screws up and deals with it. There are a few "perfection" situations that I doubt would happen in the real world, but in the book world that's to be expected.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars!Liked a lot, didn’t absolutely love. It definitely had a lot going for it, but adversely, it had some things I could have lived without. I read it all in one go, so it certainly was entertaining to hold my attention for one afternoon.I was absolutely a fan of the whole “we are women and we’ll take your kisses and enjoy the hell out of them but nothing more” movement they had going on. I may write a longer [better] review one day.♥ A very special thanks to HarperTEEN and Edelweiss for p 3.5 stars!Liked a lot, didn’t absolutely love. It definitely had a lot going for it, but adversely, it had some things I could have lived without. I read it all in one go, so it certainly was entertaining to hold my attention for one afternoon.I was absolutely a fan of the whole “we are women and we’ll take your kisses and enjoy the hell out of them but nothing more” movement they had going on. I may write a longer [better] review one day.♥ A very special thanks to HarperTEEN and Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
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  • Ceres95
    January 1, 1970
    omg this book was so good.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Sounds fun!
  • Valia Lind
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this so hard. But then again, Wendy can do no wrong. Her books are always so so good! I related to this book so much (even as an adult), it's kind of scary. But in a good way. I think. What I'm trying to say is that I read it and I already preordered it, so you should too!!!
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  • Michelle (Firstbooklove)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a free review copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review)Book review: Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (4 stars)“I’m taking back my life, one kiss at a time.”Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (Release date: 18th December 2018)Genre: YA, Contemporary, RomanceRating: 4 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)Zae’s boyfriend cheats on her and her parents are arguing frequently, their marriage falling to pieces, Zae’s had enough. She and her friends crea (I received a free review copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review)

Book review: Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (4 stars)

“I’m taking back my life, one kiss at a time.”Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (Release date: 18th December 2018)Genre: YA, Contemporary, RomanceRating: 4 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)Zae’s boyfriend cheats on her and her parents are arguing frequently, their marriage falling to pieces, Zae’s had enough. She and her friends create a contest, on who can kiss the most amount of boys, no feelings attached.I really emphasised and felt bad for Zae. Although she is a cheerleader, she’s definitely not the stereotypical one, but one that is true and humane with a backstory.I enjoyed how the story progressed and spiralled downwards really quickly. The book is also really deeper than it seems. It was a really cute book and I definitely wanted to see more of Zae and Joel because I didn’t want this book to end!
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  • Taylor McKee
    January 1, 1970
    After being cheated on by the only boy Zae Monroe has ever loved, and her parents getting a divorce over similar circumstances, she is over the male species. Zae is sick and tired of guys doing whatever they want to girls hearts. She is ready to turn the tables and start being the one with no feelings involved. So Zae and her friends start a competition to see who can kiss the most guys over their spring break, but when a secret poet from her English class starts writing about how he understands After being cheated on by the only boy Zae Monroe has ever loved, and her parents getting a divorce over similar circumstances, she is over the male species. Zae is sick and tired of guys doing whatever they want to girls hearts. She is ready to turn the tables and start being the one with no feelings involved. So Zae and her friends start a competition to see who can kiss the most guys over their spring break, but when a secret poet from her English class starts writing about how he understands her and the feelings she is going through, Zae is desperate to find out who he is. Maybe she misjudged guys after all. Maybe all of them aren’t as bad as she thinks? Would she be ready to commit to another relationship if it was with the right guy?It was amazing to see Zae take charge and do whatever she wanted. She was such a relatable character who made really good choices one minute and really bad ones the next. She fought with her parents and friends. She had complicated feelings about what she wanted to do after graduation. Her story was exactly what I needed. From her insecurities and flaws to her confident spirit and love for her little brother, I loved everything about Zae. Kiss Collector was such a cute story!!! I couldn’t put this book down and neither will you!
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsFull review to come closer to release date.Five Reasons You Should Pre-order Kiss Collector:1. The CaptivityWendy Higgins never fails to tell a captivating story and this book stays true to that! I was captivated from page one feeling like I already knew the characters and just ready to dive into their story!2. The RomanceAnother aspect that Wendy Higgins seems to nail every time: romance! The romance with a certain love interest will definitely give you the feels!3. The StoryThe stor 4.5/5 starsFull review to come closer to release date.Five Reasons You Should Pre-order Kiss Collector:1. The CaptivityWendy Higgins never fails to tell a captivating story and this book stays true to that! I was captivated from page one feeling like I already knew the characters and just ready to dive into their story!2. The RomanceAnother aspect that Wendy Higgins seems to nail every time: romance! The romance with a certain love interest will definitely give you the feels!3. The StoryThe story follows Zae down a road where she finds herself kissing a bunch of different boys. It almost felt like The Bachelorette because she was kissing all these boys who were clearly interested in her – all she had to do was choose one! Of course, it wasn’t quite like The Bachelorette, but it definitely reminded me of that.4. The MysteryThroughout the book, Zae and the reader try to discover who the secret poet is that’s writing anonymous poems about Zae! It’s a super cute, fun, romantic mystery!5. The EndingThe ending is guaranteed to give you warm fuzzies and put a smile on your face! What other reason do you need than that?
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - Review closer to release date :)
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book about kisses and relationships . I liked seeing the friends relationships.
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