Book Review - Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Life gets complicated when Jill is caught kissing the bad boy across the street.

Kissing Max Holden
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Genre: Teens & YA
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: 1 August 2017
ISBN-13: 9781250111166

"After his father’s stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school suddenly up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart, and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?"


I first spotted this book on Instagram in a Bookstagram photo, I was intrigued by the cover and title and wanted to find out more. I was thrilled when I found it on NetGalley and was subsequently approved to read and review it.

Max and Jillian's friendship drew me in right from the start, the storyline moved quickly and in no time at all I felt like I had known them both for years. Jillian was a likeable character who was torn between doing what was right and doing what her desires were encouraging her to do. Max was one of those confident, enticing bad boys who always make me smile with their cheekiness. The chemistry between the two of them was sizzling!

Both Jillian and Max had family issues at home that were affecting their lives and bringing them closer together. I flew through the pages as I followed them on their roller coaster of a journey - life certainly seemed to be throwing a lot their way. I loved the way the authors writing made me feel like I was part of the storyline.

Young, fresh and feisty, Kissing Max Holden was everything I hoped it would be and more!

5 Stars
5 Stars




Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.