Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Margo Rabb as one of May’s featured authors.
Kissing in America was not what I expected it to be- but it surprised me in a good way! While the synopsis makes the story seem light and fluffy, the truth is- it’s not. It was actually a deep contemporary, filled with gritty moments that make your heart wrench and tears come to the corners of your eyes. It’s a book that you will need to put down every now and then, just to calm yourself down. Margo Rabb did an incredible job of allowing the readers to experience everything that Eva experienced. I truly felt as though I was right there with her, watching everything unfold. There were moments where I felt glee, yet other moments where I was heartbroken. It was a crazy roller coaster, filled with twists and turns.
One of the reasons why I think that I was so impacted by this book was because of Eva’s battle with her family. Her father died in a plane crash, many years prior to the novel. Ever since then, her mother had been extremely over-protective. Also, her mother had avoided anything and everything concerning Eva’s father. She threw away all of his belongings, and tried to pretend that he didn’t exist. But unlike her mother, Eva wanted to think about her father. She hid a few of his belongings just so she would always have a piece of him. Her grief from her father’s death was something that I can’t even begin to imagine. I have read books where the main character’s parent(s) were deceased, but Kissing in America showcased the raw pain and agony of losing a parent in more depth than previous books.
The one problem that I had with Kissing in America was that there were a couple of select scenes that seemed to go too fast. It seemed like something was brought up in the middle of it happening, but quickly moved on to the next scene without fully describing it. As I mentioned, this was not a recurring problem; it was only in a few scenes.
I really enjoyed this book and give it 4/5stars.
Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak. Her essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, New York, and has lived in Texas, Arizona, and the Midwest; she now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children.
Margo has also been generous to donate a signed hardcover of Kissing in America to ONE lucky winner!