*Disclaimer: There may be some spoilers in the following review, READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED*
Hey everybody, I hope you had a fun weekend! Today, I’m reviewing Kissing Frogs by Rich Amooi, as it’s the perfect summer beach read. I hope you enjoy!
Kissing Frogs is a rom-com about two neighbors, Sarah and Ian, who have feelings for each other, but are dealing with their own personal issues that affect the budding romance. Sarah is looking for a date to the wedding of her “friend”, Tiffany, who have been in competition with each other since high school. In the process, she resorts to online dating sites to help her find a date, but winds up meeting some of the most… “interesting” of characters. Ian is trying to make the perfect gift for his grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, but is having trouble silencing the dissenting voice of his father. In the process of dealing with their own issues, their budding romance leads to them eventually overcoming their obstacles and getting them one step closer to achieving their dreams and happiness.
The plot was fun, and fast paced, which works for this genre. The book was obviously focused more on the romance between Ian and Sarah, which drove the direction of the plot. I think my main problem was that I felt Sarah’s reason for not wanting to date Ian was very easily fixed by talking about the issue with Ian, instead of continually saying, “I don’t want to date my neighbor, because if it doesn’t work out, I’ll have to move away,” because that just seems so… extreme I guess 🤣 I can’t think of the exact word to explain it, but once the author revealed the reason behind Sarah not wanting to date her neighbor, it made a lot more sense.
However, if there weren’t communication problems, silly antics, and a happy ending, is it really a rom-com?
Another thing about the plot is that there were some points of the novel where I had to suspend my belief based on how unlikely something like that would happen. Then again, just because I believe it isn’t possible, doesn’t actually mean that it’s impossible. Also, it’s a rom-com, and, in my opinion, a lot of unrealistic things happen in rom-coms, which is part of what makes them enjoyable.
Side Note: Most of this review will probably be me reminding myself that this book is a rom-com, because it’s not a genre I pick up very often. So I have to remind myself that things are going to be different structure, plot and character-wise. Hence, why I’m going “…blah blah blah but it’s a rom-com so blah blah blah…”
Sarah and Ian are fun characters to read and follow along, but I feel that the side characters are what truly made the story. All of Sarah’s date’s were so outrageous and out there that it worked (as they say, “Go big or go home) and added a little something extra to the novel. Plus, I loved how quickly the romance between Billy, Ian’s best friend, and Becky, Sarah’s best friend, developed. First of all, because it was written in a way that was entertaining, but even then, there are people who do develop relationships like that quickly, and it juxtaposed the relationship between Sarah and Ian really well.
However, my favorite character in the novel was Kili, Sarah’s dog, because she had a fun personality (plus, I just love dogs, so I’m a little biased). There was quite a lot of interaction with Kili and the characters, which made the novel more quirky and fun.
The writing style worked for the novel, but at the same time, I feel like it came across as immature at some parts, which did put me off the book at certain points. However, I love how much personality he put behind the side characters, to make the story more interesting. I don’t have too much to say about the writing style, just because it wasn’t “Oh so fantastic and beautiful” but it also wasn’t a complete dumpster fire, so it fell nicely in-between the two ‘🤣👌
Originally, I picked this book up from the Free Little Library in my neighborhood, because I thought the story sounded cute. I also loved the cover design and overall look of the book. When I started reading it though, I found out that it was written by a local author in the area, which I thought was really neat!
I also like the fact that he is very open about his genre of writing being Rom Coms, because it gives you a good idea of what type of story you’re getting into. Sometimes, I feel like authors try to hide what their book is really about by trying to make it sound like a completely different story, so that they can get as many readers as possible (and then leads to a lot of unhappy readers once they realize what the story is actually revolving around). I think this might be more of an issue I’ve seen in YA, but it’s still a nice change of pact.
This is definitely a great beach read, or a fun, light read, but if you want something that has a bit more meat to it, then I wouldn’t recommend this to you. I would give Kissing Frogs 3.5 out of 5 stars. Even though it was a fun Rom-Com to read, the writing style did kind of bug me through out the novel, which did make it hard for me to get into the story at times.
Thank you for reading, and have a good rest of your week!
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