When I come across a good book, everyone around me can usually tell, because I cannot get my head out of it. This was in fact what happened, when I started reading Don’t Kiss Him Good-bye by Sandra Byrd, and as a result I ended up finishing it within a couple of hours of starting the book.
Don’t Kiss Him Good-bye is a juvenile novel about Savvy, an American teenage girl, who has recently moved to London with her family. She tries hard to find her place at her new British school, and she tries even harder to find the balance between her Christian values, her desires as a teenage girl and the expectations that surround her. When she finds out about the annual May Day Ball at her school, she is faced with a social dilemma, as her friends already have dates, and she does not.
As a former exchange student, I felt a strong personal connection to the story of Savvy, and I was amazed at how many of the emotions I could recognized from my own experience as a 15-year-old at a new high school, in a new country. Byrd has been able to create a story so real, that I found myself intertwined with Savvy and her dilemmas, and it made Don’t Kiss Him Good-bye even a thrilling read.
Byrd has also managed to braid in the core of Christian values in Don’t Kiss Him Good-bye, but she does so in a natural way. Byrd has created a wonderful story that really speaks to the heart of a teenage girl, and Don’t Kiss Him Good-bye is an easy read that flows naturally and leaves the reader feeling close to Savvy goes through.
London Confidential is a series for young girls, and Don’t Kiss Him Good-Bye is the latest book in the series.
Author: Sandra Byrd
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (September 27, 2010)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Don’t Kiss Him Good-Bye (London Confidential) by Sandra Byrd from Tyndale Publishing. Versions of this book review may have been shared in other online or printed publications.