Friday, June 03, 2016
Kissing in America, by Margo Rabb
An entertaining story of high improbability that explores some of the more irrational elements of romantic obsession. I found Eva herself to be grating and melodramatic. Ironically, this makes her funny at times, but there's no getting away from how self-absorbed she is. Most of the rest of the characters are stereotypes (some of them -- like the cowboys in Texas -- are lazy and borderline offensive). But I don't think that depicting great characters was the point! Somewhat more crucial is the dearth of actual romance in this tribute to love. Despite the book's title, there doesn't really seem to be that much kissing going on across the country!