Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)

by Amy Spalding


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Sneak out. Make out. Rock out.

Riley and her best guy friend, Reid, have made a pact: they'll help each other pursue their respective crushes, make something happen, and document the details in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over a girl's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, the guy she's been obsessed with forever. His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But between a chance meeting with a fellow musician in a record store and a brief tryst with a science-geek-turned-stud—not to mention Ted's own tentative attentions—cute guys are suddenly popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! As their love lives go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid's pact may prove to be more than they bargained for.

Filled with cute dogs, cute boys, and a few awkward hookups, this hilarious tale from Amy Spalding chronicles the soaring highs and embarrassing lows of dating in high school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316371537
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 633,306
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in advertising & marketing communications from Webster University, an M.A. in media studies from The New School, and currently manages digital media planning for an advertising agency specializing in indie film. Amy studied long-form improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A. She is also the author of The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions), The Reece Malcolm List, and I nk is Thicker than Water.

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Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)” is exactly what it intends to be and nothing more:  a lighthearted romance. The plot is very cute, though predictable, and is told through the very amusing voice of Riley.  The other characters are pretty much relegated to romance novel tropes, but in this case that isn’t a bad thing. The teenagers act in a realistic manner, speak in a realistic manner, and think in the same realistic manner.  In other words, in case you didn’t catch on, even though it’s predictable it is realistic, and I always respect authors who aren’t afraid to show how it really is. I recommend “Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)” for anyone high-school age and above who is looking for a quick, easy read that also makes you laugh. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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M_Appelhans More than 1 year ago
This is that rarest of YA novels: A rom com that is truly comedic. I laughed out loud constantly at Riley and Reid's exploits, but also at Riley's hilarious inner monologues as she navigates dating for the first time in high school. Riley is a likable, relatable character and I love how Spalding has her explore dating and make-outs without judgement. The romance is sweet and believable, and the LA setting mixed with the focus on music gives this YA edge. Charming and compulsively readable like all of Spalding's books!
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Actual rating 4 1/2 stars! Kissing Ted Callahan (and other guys) is as the cover would suggest super cute and swoony but my favorite thing is how real it felt. The characters are each unique but without it being in your face how each person is different. Riley is adorably awkward when it comes to romance. She does this thing where whenever she's talking with Ted Callahan she can't help but talk overly loud. I love reading about a heroine who is awkward at flirting and dating because that is totally how I am.  Kissing Ted Callahan is also seriously funny and all around adorable. There's several pages throughout the story from Riley and Reids notebook that they pass back and forth documenting their endeavors. I'm not sure I really enjoyed these snippets as much as I could have but I can definitely see some people loving them.  There are an abundance of music references (Riley is the drummer in a band) which I will admit I did not understand for the most part. I don't really listen to any of this music so I was just lost when bands or songs were mentioned but if you do listen to these bands I think you'd love seeing them referred to. I don't think I really explained just how much I loved Riley and the romance in Kissing Ted Callahan but basically they're awesome and one of the best things ever! Do I recommend? BIG YES  I consider it a must for contemporary fans and a definite try for others. I received a copy from the NOVL newsletter which in no way affected my review
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding Publisher: Poppy Publication Date: April 7, 2015 Rating: 1 star Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band. After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook. While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she's been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for. What I Liked: I think this book was much too trivial for me. It's unfortunate, how I now think that sixteen years old is too young for this mess. I'm almost twenty, but this girl seems to be so much more promiscuous than me. I know we're supposed to be all "you go girl" and "do your thing" and "Miss Independent" about a girl's romantic/personal choices, but I HATE that culture. I hate today's dating culture. But let me touch on that later. Reid and Riley made a pact to document their reinvented personal lives in a book (The Passenger Manifest). Riley starts to notice guys, like Garrick, her lab partner, and Milo, a guy she meets at a record store... and Ted Callahan, a guy she's always had a crush on. Suddenly, she's hanging out with all three of them. She's kissing all of them. Her romantic life is a "wonderful" mess (wonderful to her). Meanwhile, Reid is falling in love with one girl, only to find out that she has a boyfriend, and then with another girl, but freaks out because he really likes her and thinks she likes him too. Basically, Riley's getting a ton of action, and Reid's getting none (he's neurotic), and things spiral out of control. I liked the beginning of this book, when it seemed like Riley was attracting the attention of several guys, and she was reveling in the feeling of being wanted. When she started hanging out with all three of them, and kissing all of them, I was kind of done at that point. What I Did Not Like: We're about to get really personal, guys. Tuck in. I HATE THIS HOOK-UP CULTURE. I hate seeing it portrayed in books, because in books, it's usually portrayed as something that is okay or acceptable. This book is no different. It is totally okay for Riley to kiss three different guys at the same time. It is totally okay because she wasn't exclusive with anyone, and therefore, she can act however she wants. No commitment, no loyalty. The three guys don't know about each other, until the end of the book (I don't know if that would have made a huge deal while it was happening). This hook-up culture is NOT okay. It happens in high school (as we can see in this book), and it DEFINITELY happens in college (I see it all the time). I hate it. I think it's trashy and low-down (sorry if you participate in this culture). I think a girl (OR GUY) should respect others AND her/himself enough to be with one person at a time. Break things off with the other person and then move on. Don't string people along. It's nasty and rude and inconsiderate. Forget independence. Forget exclusivity. You should be clear and upfront with what you want. It makes things so much less confusing. Literally half of the problems in this book wouldn't have happened if people COMMUNICATED. But then, Riley thought it was okay to be with three people at once, so I don't know. There were a lot of problems with this book. It so bothers me that she saw NOTHING wrong with her actions. It bothers me that people today see nothing wrong with this hook-up culture. Like I said above - I get it, we're supposed to respect a girl's decisions when it comes to hooking up and having sex and kissing people because YAY FEMINISM. Right? If guys can do it girls can do it, kind of thing? I HATE THIS. I hate promiscuity. Call it whatever you want, make whatever excuses you want - I don't think it's okay at all to be seeing (and being intimate) with more than one person at a time, exclusive or not, taken or not. It's just not okay with me. Forgive me if my morals are at higher standards than yours. And before anyone jumps down my throat - no, I'm not saying I'm better than anyone, or perfect. But I have the decency to practice monogamy at all times. I hated Riley, and not just because of her promiscuous actions. She has no control over what she says. I have no idea if anyone in real life is THAT BAD. Literally, she says EVERY SINGLE THING that she thinks. I don't think that's physically possible. I also hate how the author uses all caps when she's trying to show that Riley is yelling or being extremely serious. It seems so unnecessary and out of place. Gosh, this book seems so inconsequential. Everything that happens is so juvenile. I should have known, when I saw the title, that this book would be about a girl experimenting and hanging out (kissing, messing around) with different guys (plural), hopefully settling on one. This is like The Bachelorette, except that the guys have no idea that the others exist (until the end), and it isn't all staged (come on, those shows are totally staged). I'm glad Riley chose who she did, but I feel bad for him. Riley isn't a girl I'd want to date.  Another thing - I generally don't really like books about music. With music as the focus, and the protagonists are playing in a band. I'm just not a fan of this, and this book was no different. I play the piano, I love music... but not band/rock/pop/etc. type. These books don't appeal to me. Anyway. Gosh, I didn't like this book. What a waste of my time. I can't imagine what Riley would do in college - probably sleep with whole fraternities at a time, "finding herself" and "experiencing romance". ROMANCE. Really, you mean lust and one-night stands. Would I Recommend It: Nope. Pass it straight and move on. This isn't a fluffy, heartwarming contemporary novel that will make you fall in love with the hero and heroine. It's a silly, awkward, trivial contemporary that almost seems Middle-Grade-ish, if not for the, um, interesting content that occurs. The heroine is brainless, the romance is so ridiculous, the story itself is silly. And not in a good way. Rating: 1 star. I'm not sorry I read this one, but I'm sorry that I thought I would like it. If that makes sense? I would never read it again, or recommend it, or buy it or borrow it. I can't support books like this with such immature and irresponsible themes. Would I want my (future) children reading this? Absolutely not. Would I want my mother reading this? DEFINITELY not. She would hate to see such a book influencing her daughter. Horrible book, horrible themes.