Thursday, July 17, 2014

Audiobook Review: The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Conner

The Things You Kiss Goodbye
Author: Leslie Conner
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Publication: June 24, 2014
By: HarperCollins Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition
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Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him. Over the course of the summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady . . . and with the new freedom that comes along with him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this "cowboy" is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina, or "Beta," as he nicknames her.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean losing her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can't help that her breath catches when he smiles, or that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she's anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

*I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

Audio Rating: 3 Stars
Lauren Fortgang does a really good job of portraying each of the characters, capturing their unique accents and bringing the story to life. 

Story Rating: 
This story was much darker and grittier than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, I usually like dark and gritty YA, but this just wasn't the book for me. Jen Ryland from YA Romantics does a much better job of explaining what goes on in this story than I can. You can find her thoughts HERE.

1 comment:

  1. I read this in print, which might be why this story worked better for me. I did think that it felt more dark and gritty than most YA, and it surprised me. It would be a difficult subject to listen to though.