on March 15th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
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One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
One boy.One girl.A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.A bond that neither time nor distance can break.A bond that will last forever.Or so they believe.When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?RuneÔÇÖs heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.For ages 14 and up.
At the encouragement of a friend, I made the best (and tortured) decision to read A Thousand Boy Kisses. IÔÇÖll put it out there right nowÔÇªIÔÇÖm gutted. I read this book nearly two weeks ago, and have had a book hangover since. ItÔÇÖs taken this long for me to write a review because IÔÇÖm haunted, my heart hurts, and I needed time to recover.
ItÔÇÖs a perfect love that burns bright, the purity so brilliant it burns for a small infinity. Rune and Poppy meet at such a young age, but that doesnÔÇÖt mean that their souls didnÔÇÖt recognize their other half. But like most love stories, itÔÇÖs not without turbulence. What Tillie Cole was able to evoke, despite strife, anger, and pain, is an emotion so profound in both her characters and readers that all of the pieces fit together in a perfect puzzle. You experience every crack in their mature young hearts, taste the salt of their tears, and feel your knees buckle under the intense grief they shoulder.
Rune. This name is derived from the Old Norse word r├║n, meaning “secret”. This Viking transplant steals your heart with the shake of a hand. Even when he dons a shroud of anger and hate, the beauty of his heart and soul still shine through. He is a complex man existing chronologically as a boy; mature beyond his years, but still under the purview of his parents. The way he changes and comes back to himself is beautiful, tragic, painful, and heart wrenching. He experiences different types of loss, and each twist redefines him. Even when Rune is lost, a part of him will always be found because it belongs to Poppy. Maybe that is part of the secret of RuneÔÇª
Poppy is as gentle, sweet, vibrant, and colorful as the flower for which she is named. She is the counterpart to a brooding Rune. Her strength of character as she navigates her challenges, unique perspective of life, and brilliant disposition can do nothing but make you love her. This doesnÔÇÖt make her perfect, but it certainly makes her a memorable character capable of making your heart ache. She inspired me to fear less and understand what it means to go home. IÔÇÖm not there yet, but I hope I can borrow some of PoppyÔÇÖs brilliance as I navigate my own path in life.
Even as you delve deeper into the story and catch a glimpse of what is to come, the most you can do is grab more tissues to prepare for the deluge. You canÔÇÖt not read their story.
I think Taylor Swift captured how I feel about this story so well.
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me, oh
This love left a permanent mark
This love is glowing in the dark, oh
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me
-Taylor Swift, This Love, 1989
A 6 star read. Be prepared to cry, but itÔÇÖs a story which will reside in your heart.
~Review by Loredana
So this is what it feels like to be broken into tiny, little pieces….Well done, Tillie Cole. Well done.
I’ve learned during this read that I must be a masochist. That’s the only explanation I have of why I would pick up a book that made every reader cry. Why I would continue reading after the first tears were spilled at only eleven pages in.
But, as the masochist I am, I loved it. Despite the heartache, despite the pain this book caused, I couldn’t and wouldn’t stop.
Honestly, it’s not hard for books or movies to bring me to tears, but ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ by Tillie Cole was a whole new level.
I cried for and with these fictional characters as if they were real people whom I know and love.
I went fetal, wrecked by gut-wrenching sobs, drowning in my own tears.
And yet, through the destruction of my heart, I felt love, hope and even happiness and joy. I was thrilled about the extra-ordinary love Poppy and Rune shared.
I can’t tell you much about the story without giving too much away. And I don’t want that. Why should your heart break any less than mine?
But what I can say is that despite all the sadness and tragedy, despite the pain and heart-ache, this book was nothing short of beautiful. It was life-affirming, sweet and while it wrecked havoc on my emotions, it was also heart-warming in its own way.
Tillie Cole not only created characters whom I love, but she wrote a story of pure, intense and all-encompassing love. A love so deep and profound, it doesn’t only change Poppy and Rune’s life and who they are, but also touched and changed me too.
Rune and Poppy meet when they are five and from that moment on they are inseparable. They are one.
Instead of their love waning while growing up, it grows stronger, fiercer and deeper.
And it’s their love that carries them through, even when it’s put to the biggest test.
From the start of the book I was invested in their story. Rune and Poppy stole my heart. It’s no easy feat to write characters in a way that makes me care about them so deeply. A way that allows fictional characters to have such a profound effect on my soul.
Rune moves to Georgia from Norway with his parents at the age of five. Though solemn and broody, he is also incredibly sweet. Especially when it comes to Poppy. She’s the one who brings out his lighter side and it was beautiful to witness. I loved the way he loved Poppy – completely, unapologetically, irrevocably. Even in his darkest moments, his love for Poppy shines.
While being more closed off than Poppy, I still could feel every bit of the emotions churning inside of him. They consumed me along with him. Even thinking about it makes my eyes swim with tears.
I’ve never broke down and fell apart alongside a character – until Rune. Beautiful, brooding Rune.
I felt the same for Poppy. She is such a beautiful soul. Adventurous, optimistic and not only in love with Rune but with life. There wasn’t a single thing about her I didn’t love. She has a heart of gold, shedding light on anyone who comes in touch with her. No wonder Rune is so in love with her. She’s gentle, kind and wise beyond her years. And she’s able to reach Rune when noone else can.
I admire her strength and ferocity. And I can’t help but think that if I ever have to face any challenges similar to hers, I hope to do it with the grace and love she shows at all times.
I dare you to read this and not fall in love with this amazing story.
6 as-special-as-special-can-be stars.
~ Review by Paula