Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) – Amy Spalding


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.


This book was sassy and crazy and FUN! Here’s the thing, I completely did not expect a bunch of things that happened. Here were some of my “BOLD PREDICTIONS” that didn’t come true at all:

1. Riley and Reid would completely fall in love, just like Lucy and Nathan.
2. Ted would turn out to actually be cardboard.
3. Ted and Milo are cousins.

Here’s the thing, you can tell from a mile away that this lifestyle is unsustainable. But I thought that the “MOMENT OF TRUTH” would be because Ted’s cousin is actually Milo or something. But the real “moment of truth” was way better! It put their fate in their own hands.

I also thought that Ted would actually be boring and a crush simply based on his good looks. But he is SO not cardboard, ahh. And he is definitely not perfect either, which makes him incredible. The whole cast of characters was loveable. I would totally freak out with Reid, or plan with Lucy, or “make things happen” with Nathan. I would nerd out with Garrick (or more?? Great job Sydney!) and discover shows with Milo. I would even do arts and crafts with Madison, who turned out to be a lot cooler than I expected.

I also thought that this whole book would just end up as the usual “Friends who realize they should be something more” story, but I’m so glad it wasn’t. Reid was ANNOYING at times, and I’m sure he felt the same way about Riley. But at the end of the day, they were really great friends. I’m so glad that the truth about the book turned out to be the way it was too. For some reason, I thought another “moment of truth” could have happened if the book was at Ted’s house, but it’s actual resting place was WAY BETTER.

I keep typing “WAY BETTER” in all caps because this book went way beyond my expectations. I thought it would be kinda stupid and ridiculous, but it was super sweet and had bang-on “moments” that shone through. Like the lollipops = great, robot = great, Hot Dog on a Stick = super! I loved how Ted was kind of quiet but put in so much effort. And of course, I loved Riley’s hilarious voice and Reid’s neuroticism. Their commentary/banter was so fun and easy to read. All the little details (e.g. “The United Front,” tampering with others’ lockers, being great with parents) made the story unique. And there were certain “catchphrases” used too that I loved seeing. This was SUCH a fun, fluffy romp!

Related Reading

  • I’m sorry, this is SO not “Nick and Norah”
  • Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway
  • Decked With Holly – Marni Bates
  • Take a Bow – Elizabeth Eulberg
  • The Reece Malcolm List – Amy Spalding

Rating: 5/5


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