I Kissed a Girl

Jennet Alexander. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $14.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-72822-270-7
A queer romance with a side of coming-of-age tale and a sliver of suspense, Alexander’s delightful if occasionally slow debut begins when Noa Birnbaum drops out of college for a job as a makeup artist on the set of a B-list horror movie. She’s excited to paint gore and grime on the cast, and just as excited to meet her crush, the leading actress and “final girl” Lilah Silver. It’s Lilah’s biggest role yet, and she hopes it will be her chance to bust out of horror flicks and into the mainstream, but she’s hiding a secret that makes her feel like she’s acting even when she’s off camera. Sparks fly in the makeup chair and soon enough off-set, too, but a crazed fan, a leak to a gossip magazine, and their own insecurities might drive this budding couple apart. Alexander, who has worked in TV production, brings insider knowledge and hilarious detail to the Hollywood back lot, enhancing both the tender romance and sweet coming-out narrative. A subplot involving a stalker is less successful, though, dragging the novel down in the middle. With hints of Casey McQuiston, a quirky supporting cast, and undeniable heart, this makes a charming addition to the growing list of New Adult queer rom-coms. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 04/16/2021
Release date: 06/01/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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