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Book Review: Stage Kiss – M.F. Lorson

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary RomanceRomantic Comedy


How lovely is this cover? I have to admit that I was hooked in by the cover first. The synopsis was quite interesting as well and romantic comedies are one of my favorite genres. So I decided to give this book a try.

The author’s writing was really good, witty and funny and had me cracking up at a lot of the scenes. I enjoyed the main character’s POV very much. Her internal monologue was equal parts insight and story-telling with dashes of humor and sarcasm sprinkled over. Which if you haven’t figured out, is pretty good.

Overall, if I had to describe the story in two words, it would be cute and sweet. It’s a light romantic comedy and it was fun. However, there was also a serious undertone to the plot that I feel wasn’t given as much severity and gravity as it deserved given the major impact on the main character. This issue was almost lightly delivered, rather than the with the extreme importance it deserved.

When I was in high school, there was a series called Sweet Dreams consisting of numerous stand-alone teen romance novels that were published from 1981 through to 1996 before Young Adult was actually recognized as a separate genre. Each of the teen novels dealt with the usual high school drama and romance with personal life issues interlocked. I loved those books and they were great for that time.

Stage Kiss is based in the year 2002 and has that same vibe but I feel that the lack of modernity (cellphones, social media etc) acted as a detriment to the story. This book is targeted at a young adult generation and although I enjoyed the story, I feel that a majority of teens probably won’t relate to it. It might even give them an old-fashioned vibe.

The characters were great and this story had a good plot-line with witty writing but it would have been better if the story had been time-framed in the current teen culture.

***Note: Received from Netgalley for an honest review.

Synopsis: Homecoming Queen hopeful Erin Armstrong has the perfect life until she catches her boyfriend kissing her best friend. Now, determined to win the crown and earn back her social status, Erin is on a quest to find a replacement date–and fast. When Erin enlists the help of quirky theatre kid, Peter, the two craft a plan to ensure victory, but the longer they work together, the stronger their feelings grow. Will Erin overlook her real prince in pursuit of the crown? Or are they headed for a happily ever after? A throwback to the early 2000’s, this romantic comedy will have you longing to pull out your copy of She’s All That, crash a high school football game and shoot a long lost AOL instant message to your crush.


I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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