The Kissing Booth

The Kissing Booth

by Beth Reekles


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A cool, sexy romance novel written by seventeen-year-old British sensation Beth Reekles.

Meet Rochelle “Elle” Evans: pretty, popular—and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile—and a total player.

When Elle decides to run a kissing booth at her school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer. This romance seems far from a fairy tale.

Is Elle headed for heartbreak or will she get her happily ever after?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385378680
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 22,729
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Beth Reekles is seventeen years old and lives in South Wales. She is studying physics, math, French, and Spanish and hopes to study physics in college. She is an undeniable bookworm and an avid drinker of tea. Beth first published The Kissing Booth on the Wattpad platform, where it is the most-viewed, most-commented-on teen fiction title on the site, with 19 million reads and 40,000 comments to date. It also won the Most Popular Teen Fiction Watty Award. You can find her on Twitter at @Reekles.

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 ‘Do you want a drink?’ Lee called from the kitchen as I shut the front door.

‘No, thanks,’ I called back. ‘I’ll head on up to your room.’

‘Sure thing.’

I’d never stop wondering at how big Lee Flynn’s house was; it was practically a mansion. There was a room downstairs complete with a fifty-inch TV and surround sound, not to mention the pool table, and the (heated) pool outside.

Even though I treated it like a second home the only place I felt really, really comfortable was in Lee’s bedroom.

I opened the door and saw the sunlight spilling in through the open doors leading to his small balcony. Posters of bands covered the walls, his drum kit sat in the corner next to a guitar, and his Apple Mac was proudly displayed on a smart mahogany desk that matched the rest of the furniture.

But, just like any other sixteen-year-old boy’s room, the floor was littered with T-shirts and underpants and stinky socks; a half-eaten sandwich festered next to the Apple Mac, and empty cans were strewn over almost every surface.

I launched myself onto Lee’s bed, loving the way it bounced.

We’d been best friends since we were born. Our moms both knew each other from college and I only lived a ten-minute walk away now. Lee and I had grown up together. We might as well have been twins: freakishly, we were born on the same day.

He was my best friend. Always had been and always will be. Even if he did annoy the hell out of me sometimes.

He turned up just at that moment, holding two opened bottles of orange soda, knowing I’d have drunk his at some point anyway.

‘We need to decide what we’re doing for the carnival,’ I said.

‘I know,’ he sighed, messing up his dark brown hair and scrunching up his freckled face. ‘Can’t we just do a coconut thing? You know, when they throw balls and try to knock the coconuts off?’

I shook my head in wonder. ‘That’s what I was thinking . . .’

‘Of course it is.’

I smirked a little. ‘But we can’t. It’s already taken.’

‘Why do we have to come up with a booth anyway? Can’t we just manage the whole event and make other people come up with the booths?’

‘Hey, you’re the one who said being on the school council would look good on our college applications.’

‘You’re the one who agreed to it.’

‘Because I wanted to be on the dance committee,’ I pointed out. ‘I didn’t realize we had to work on the carnival too.’

‘This sucks.’

‘I know. Oh, hey, what about if we hired one of those, um . . . you know’—I made a swinging gesture with my hands—‘those things with the hammer.’

‘Where they test your strength?’

‘Yeah. That thing.’

‘No, they already ordered one of those.’

I sighed. ‘I don’t know then. There’s not much left—everything’s already taken.’

We looked at each other and both said, ‘I told you we should’ve started planning this earlier.’

We laughed, and Lee sat at his computer, spinning around on the chair slowly.

‘Haunted house?’

I gave him a deadpan look—well, I tried. It wasn’t easy to catch his eye when he was spinning around like that.

‘It’s spring, Lee. Not Halloween.’

‘Yeah, so?’

‘No. No haunted house.’

‘Fine,’ he grumbled. ‘Then what do you suggest?’

I shrugged. Truth was, I had no idea. We were pretty much screwed. If we didn’t come up with a booth, then we’d end up being booted off the council, which would mean we couldn’t put it on our college applications next year.

‘I don’t know. I can’t think when it’s this hot.’

‘Then take off your sweater and come up with something.’

I rolled my eyes, and Lee started surfing Google for ideas for a booth for the Spring Carnival. I tugged my sweater off over my head, and felt the sun on my bare stomach. I tried to wriggle my arms back through so I could pull down the tank top I was wearing underneath . . .

‘Lee,’ I said, my voice muffled. ‘A little help?’

He sniggered at me, and I heard him get up. At that moment the bedroom door was pushed open, and I thought for a minute he’d left me in a tangle, but the next second I heard a different voice.

‘Jeez, at least lock the door if you guys are going to do that.’

I froze, my cheeks going bright pink as Lee tugged down my tank top and yanked the sweater off my head, leaving my hair static.

I looked up to see his older brother leaning against the door frame, smirking at me.

‘Hey, Shelly,’ he greeted me. He knew I hate being called Shelly. I let Lee get away with it, but Noah was another matter entirely. He did it solely to annoy me. Nobody else dared call me ‘Shelly’, not after I had yelled at Cam for it in the fourth grade. Now everybody called me Elle, short for Rochelle. Just like nobody else dared call him ‘Noah’, except for Lee and his parents; everyone else called him by his surname, Flynn.

‘Hi, Noah,’ I shot back with a sweet smile.

His jaw clenched and his dark eyebrows rose a little, like he was daring me to carry on calling him that. I just smiled back and the sexy smirk returned to his face.

Noah was just about the hottest guy to grace this earth; believe me, I’m not exaggerating. He had dark hair that flopped into his electric blue eyes, and he was tall and broad shouldered. His nose was a little crooked from when it was broken in a fight and didn’t set quite right—Noah wasn’t a stranger to fights, but he’d never been suspended. Aside from the occasional ‘scrap’, as Lee and I had taken to calling it, he was a model student: his grades never dropped below an A, and he was the star of the football team, too.

I used to have a crush on him when I was twelve or thirteen. It passed pretty quickly though, when I realized he was way out of my league and always would be. And even though he was unbelievably hot, I acted my normal self around him because I knew there wasn’t a chance in hell that he’d ever look at me as anything other than his kid brother’s best friend.

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The Kissing Booth 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this as it was posted on wattpad. So glad it has made it so far. Its a GREAT read and a great story!!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Cute romance.  The Kissing Booth is a sweet story that would probably appeal more to teens.  Elle runs a kissing booth and gets her first kiss from Noah, her long-time crush, who is not only older, but also her best friend's older brother.  The book is written by a 17-year old, which shows, thus the appeal to younger readers.  Also, it is very obvious that she is British by the dialogue and terminology used.  The story is fun, but also predictable.  You have the hot guy, the girl, first love, first kisses, your typical high school romance, which also touches on issues such as drinking and sex.  The kissing booth concept was cute.  The ending was different than I expected, and I think some people will probably like it, while others won't.  I am definitely impressed that this author was published by a major publisher at 17, and I am interested to see what the future holds for her.  Overall, this YA romance is sweet and is something that will appeal to younger teen readers.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on wattpad and loved it! So glad it was published!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book on Wattpad, now I like that it is on Nook! Great job, Beth Reekles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book . Hoping there will be a second one . This book deserves a follow up so we know what happens between noah and elle !!!
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
A teenage romance realistic and tender. I was looking for a light romantic reading that will not give me headaches. I was tired of georgous, awesome, billionaires (Please? Is it possible to meet real people in a love story?) and sex with spankings  in every room... I wanted something fresh and innocent. While starting my reading, I admit I had preconceived ideas based on the synopsis. I was expected some clichés about first love, with a plot turning around a bad boy big brother who will become a tame prince charming. Nothing original. But, its suited me well. I was in this state of mind, when opening this book. Except, that I found myself hooked by the characters. I was very surprised with the result and enjoy myself immensely. I was even conquered by the end that is more mature than many romance for teenagers. Frankly, a great discovery. Firstly, because the friendship between Lee and Rochelle is well described. I like to think that friendship between a girl and a boy is possible, without a second thought. And the relationship between the two heroes is beautifully described and depicted by the author. Both in the bickerings or in the laughters. It was sweet! It makes me miss my childhood friend. I also enjoyed the romance with Noah, though too passionate and too volatile to be lasting over time.  Rochelle's lies issues and her difficulty to face reality amused me because it is typically a normal teenager's reaction. You have to make mistakes to grow! And the author pictured it very adequately But we see the characters evolve, especially Noah. They make efforts to improve and be stronger because of love. So through their tentatives, the romantic in me that has been affected! As for the high school atmosphere, its was a little too soft. Everyone seems to be nice and not messing around too much. I found it too smooth for my taste.  Not that youth is necessarily wanton, but high schoolers tend to be immature. Some of them test life boundaries beyond the normal limits, as if they had too much to prove. So they always are in the extreme.  Extreme emotions, extreme behaviour, extreme need to grow up fast even if they don't have all the cards in their hands. So, that part of it seemed too sweet but enough to match the atmosphere of the novel. Finally, I liked the maturity of the two lovers and the painful choices they make about their future. Of course, we all want to get a fairy tale, but a first love is designed to give you wings not lock yourself. A great surprise for a novel whose cover and synopsis does not reveal the full potential at its fair value. A teenage romance realistic and tender. Lucie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this on Wattpad and I was so happy when I found out it was available as an ebook. I definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story love reekles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much. The book is way different from the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much!! My friend read it as well and she loved it to. Loved the way it was wrote and what happened. The characters were amazing as well!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why did everyone rate this 5 stars? at least on the nook is was terrible grammar. I didn't like how controlling that guy was, too. no guy in real life would ever be that annoying. And no boy, even if he was best friends with her, would be so calm if he saw a girl basically naked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished it was a really good read and I googled if there would be sequel and she said no this book deseves one though maybe we should just wait and shell change her mind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it, Also love Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful To Die def recommend great read
Anonymous 18 days ago
looking forward to book 2!
Anonymous 26 days ago
This book it so good. The romance is something only people can dream of having and reading the book, gives you a sense of it. It is so good and I am so happy and sad that it's over!
Anonymous 4 months ago
better than the mvie
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Anonymous 9 months ago
My favorite person in the kissing booth is Elle
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the movie. But after reading the book... twice already. I have to say I love it better than the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book “The Kissing Booth”, is about a girl named Rochelle Evans. When she was younger, her mom and her mom’s best friend each had a baby at the same time, in the same room, in Los Angeles, California. The two babies were Rochelle Evans and Lee Flynn. They were raised as twins (even though they weren’t). Lee and Rochelle were best friends. After Rochelle’s mom died, Lee’s mom was basically her mom, too. Rochelle developed a crush on Noah Flynn, the high school superstar (Lee’s older brother). All the girls want to be with him, but they don’t know he has a crush on his little brother’s best friend. Rochelle and Lee’s Kissing Booth at the spring fundraising carnival, changed it all. I would recommend The Kissing Booth to people who like drama. I would also recommend this to people who like a little bit of humor. For example I found the part when Rochelle was hiding under Noah’s bed, and Noah’s mom reaches under the bed to get a sock to put in the laundry and can’t find it. I enjoyed The Kissing Booth because it was interesting, and funny. I also like the fact that none of it was meant to happen. This book also had some exciting plot twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was so good. If you liked this book you must watch the movie on netflix
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hands down the best book and movie ever made!!!q I give it a 1,000,000,000/10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly made my heart melt. An exceptional story based on young love by teens who were figuring out what their relationship meant. Honestly one of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute romantic book with lots of teen related issues and so we'll written.its a cute book I recommend this book to teen to adults .