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Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is “a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls,” raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert.

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who understands Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head over heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the West Coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all its forms.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This feminist rom-com reminds us it’s never about the boy but the joyride.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Rabb’s funny and big-hearted second novel is bursting with resonant themes of love, death, family, art, and identity, fully embodied in a diverse cast of wonderfully fallible and entertaining characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Kissing in America is a road-trip story with humor and heart.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Rabb eloquently gets grief right in this compassionate, perceptive, and poignant story, deftly leavened with irreverent humor…Love is really what this remarkable story is all about. Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Humor and depth…Often entertainingly snarky.”

    Horn Book

  • “With a full cast of multidimensional characters, this novel explores the complex nature of relationships and the many faces of grief and love with equal parts humor and poignancy. Verdict: A first purchase for most YA collections.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Hearing Laura Knight Keating give voice to this passionate story of love, loss, and growing up is an experience, regardless of the listener’s age…Keating provides wonderfully irreverent narration in all the right places while maintaining the underlying poignancy of a story laden with painful emotions. How Keating says the word “what . . ." when Eve is surprised carries a paragraph of vocal meaning on its own. And the voice Keating uses for Eve’s ‘Aunt Gonorrhea’ is hysterical…Keating’s timing couldn’t be better.”

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About the Author

Margo Rabb is a critically acclaimed novelist whose debut, Cures for Heartbreak, was hailed by critics and young readers alike. Her essays regularly appear in the New York Times, and her short stories have been published in the Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, Glimmer Train, and One Story and have been broadcast on NPR. She has also written for Slate and the Rumpus. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award.

About the Narrator

Laura Knight Keating is an actress who has appeared on stage, in films, and on television shows including Boardwalk Empire, Hope and Faith, and Lipstick Jungle.