26 Kisses – Anna Michels


Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. And so she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the breakup doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Anna Michels’s debut is the story of one girl who realizes that moving on from the supposed love of your life means taking a chance—and having the courage to love again.


Whenever I get new books, I always like to read through the first chapter to see where it slots on my TBR pile. Based on the first chapter of this book, I had really low expectations. It seemed so contrived and juvenile!

By the time I actually read this book, I think I was in the perfect frame of mind for it. Hawaii. Sand. Surf. A day at sea. I was looking for fluff and this definitely delivered!

It was pretty crazy seeing Veda make the rounds. I especially found the surprise attack on Ryan’s cousin to be hilarious. And Killian was just the sweetest thing.

The ending was so cute. Not quite sure why Veda felt she had to see things through, but I’m glad her friends knew how to get the job done quickly so that she could finally move on.

Related Reading

  • 17 First Kisses – Rachael Allen
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler

Rating: 4/5


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