Rich, beautiful, bright and girlfriend to an elite; Leah Johnson has it all - or that's what it seems like on the outside. With two perfect sisters, Leah's expected to follow in their footsteps, becoming Homecoming Queen, the school Valedictorian and leading a grand, successful life after high school. Kiss Crush Collide isn't as much a romance as it is a contemporary about growing up, learning to stand up for yourself and finding your own purpose in life. As a porter catches Leah by surprise with his impulse and passion, she learns what she wants and what she's willing to do to get it.
Leah's transformation as a character is the novel's main focus. Throughout the book, you'll see her belittled by her family and completely unhappy with her moulded life - it's tough! The story will ring true with some, while it'll be thought-provoking to others. Christina Meredith writes this very well, as Leah's emotions jump out of the pages and have you crossing your fingers for her freedom. Leah's quite likeable because we see her vulnerability and kind heart. She's aware that everything is effortless for her - boys, grades, looks, friends - and is ashamed that everyone else has to try so hard. No popular brat will you find here!
While she tries to avoid getting intimate with her boyfriend, Shane, as much as possible, no one is more surprised than Leah when she ends up kissing Porter on the fairway soon after they first meet. He ignites something in her she's never felt before and she's addicted to the feeling of being carefree and able to do whatever she wants. I loved every single scene where Porter drove by in a borrowed car, teasing Leah and taking her to random spots. They're sweet together, though I was a bit saddened that the romance wasn't more prominent. It's a small element of the book, I would say, so the comparison to Perfect Chemistry on the back cover doesn't really make sense! Other than the "forbidden love" part.........
Overall, Kiss Crush Collide endorses the idea of going after your own wants but disappointingly isn't the epic romance the synopsis makes it out to be. However, the subtle and slow romance paired with the realistic family issues make the book a pleasant experience. It would've earned more points if the characterisation had been more in-depth, but there are several moments to be appreciated throughout the book! Give it a go and you might find yourself loving it.
I love the cover, don't you? Grabbed my attention immediately! <3