Book received from Around the World Tours
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (July 23, 2009)
Emma Landon has a plan: she's going to be in the high school musical and sing the most romantic song possible to her boyfriend. She's not looking for the lead, just a decent part where she and Trevor can dance together on stage. The plan starts to unravel when she gets the starring role, and playing opposite her is not her perfect boyfriend, but the school loner, Biker Mike. When Mike kisses Emma at the school dance, everything changes. Emma must figure out what is more important—the way things look or something deeper. (SOURCE)
WHEN MIKE KISSED EMMA is a fast-paced, young romance that questions the idea of love and friendship in high school. Marciniak has a great writing style, without over-describing, that gets right to the heart of the story.
The character of Emma was a joy to read. She is fun and dedicated to her life as a high school actress and girlfriend to Trevor. She is strong, independent, and a force to be reckoned with among her peers. She is part of a small clique of students that are looked upon by others as the 'popular' group. They are all actors and their life thrives around the theater in their exclusive private school.
Other group members include her sister, brother, her boyfriend Trevor, and various other snobs. Emma's younger sister Sara was sassy and spoiled. There were a couple of times I could have jumped into the book to smack her. I don't believe that girl has any idea of family or loyalty. Most of the other characters expressed these rude traits as well and it actually made me angry to read the things they said about others who were excluded from their group. But I think the despicable nature of characters was necessary for the development of Emma's outlook on life.
I get nervous when I read a book based on another work, this instance 'The Sound of Music'. But I thought it was interesting and creative how it fit together. Emma has a hard time separating real life from fiction so it was comical to see how she overcame not getting her dream role with her dream man.
Although the story was predictable at times, I absolutely adored the massive character progression that Emma made. Her personality never quite fit with her choice of friends but it took a kiss from a mysterious stranger for her to open her eyes and be who she truly is. Mike on the other hand is a great character from beginning to end and sees Emma from the inside out. He is one of those great guy's that any girl would love to be with. He sees the mistakes she has made but influences her to take risks, in turn, snapping her out of the tiny world she lives in.
This book was a quick and delightful story. I recommend it to anyone looking for a break from the real world and experiencing a little romance and singing.