Author: Kiara London
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from Fierce Reads via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?
Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.
Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?
First, I have to say how much I love the cover of Kiss Cam. It, along with the title, is what originally drew me to the story. It’s a cover that actually goes with what the book is about. How often does that happen?
Kiss Cam is about three best friends who run a vlog together. They do all sorts of fun stuff like play truth and dare with their followers. Acting on one of their follower’s dares leads them to come up with a vlog game called “Kiss Cam.” The game revolves around Juniper and Jasper kissing for the camera. Juniper agrees to play along with the game even though her friends and family warn her it could change her relationship with her best friend Jasper.
If I had to pick one word to describe Kiss Cam I would pick cute. Everything about this story was cute. The characters, the plot, the vlog followers, the best friends to lovers trope: all cute. The cutest and my most favorite relationship of the book was Juniper’s relationship with her dad. So cute. He was so down to Earth and gave the best advice ever. I kind of wanted him to be my dad. Like I said at the beginning, this book was just cute.
There were a couple of things that kept Kiss Cam from being a 4 or 5 star read for me, though. One was Juniper’s narration of the story. It was hard to connect with her at times. She wasn’t an unreliable narrator, but she wasn’t an honest one either. Rather than reveal her true feelings and deepest thoughts, the author gave the reader Juniper’s observations and what she wanted to project to the world. Not knowing how she truly felt put an emotional distance between us.
The other thing that I needed from Kiss Cam was Jasper and Lenny’s points of view. They weren’t exactly necessary, but they would have helped a lot. There were times in the story that I could tell each of them knew something Juniper didn’t or they were in on something together. I would have liked to know what was going on in their brains at that moment. I wanted to know them better — especially Lenny.
Overall, I had a fun time reading Kiss Cam. It was a simple, fast-paced story filled with a bunch of adorable moments.It’s perfect if you’re looking for a sweet young adult romance to escape with.