A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime. One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation? Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
A stand-alone young adult tearjerker romance, recommended for ages fourteen and up.
I was warned that this book is a tearjerker. Wow, that’s an understatement. It’s a total heartbreaker- wrenched my heart and made me cry ugly tears. It was so moving, I couldn’t stop crying. It’s just no use containing the emotions, I would recover one minute and read another line. Then, there go the tears again… I was a mess after reading it… It still pains my heart to recall Rune and Poppy’s story while writing this review. Ugh…why you do this to me, Tillie Cole? Damn. It is so beautiful. Definitely one of my favorites. I love Rune and Poppy as one, there’s just no way to end this book happily with one of them missing. It would always be a heartbreak for me, even if the author somehow gave it a happy ending. You have to be a fan of sappy romance to appreciate this book because Poppy and Rune and a love like theirs is TOO GOOD to be true. The plot is predictable and too cheesy at times. But I didn’t care, the silly romantic that I am. Poppy and Rune gave warmth to my heart then broke it oh so viciously. I LOOOOVED it!!!!! It reminded me of my own first love- young and naive, carefree, fearless, strong and probably the hardest. But not so devastating, thankfully. Actually, nothing I write here will ever be enough to express the havoc it brought me. So I’ll just share some of my favorite lines:
“Live hard, love harder. Chase dreams, seek adventures … capture moments. Live beautifully.”
“When you’re near, my heart doesn’t sigh, it soars,”
“I didn’t need grand gestures or fairy tales; a normal life with the boy I loved would have always been enough.”
“because sometimes all we get are moments. There are no do-overs; whatever happens in a moment defines life—perhaps it is life.”
“Maybe we’re like the cherry blossom, Rune. Like shooting stars. Maybe we loved too much too young and burned so bright that we had to fade out.”
“An unrivaled beauty, limited in its life. A beauty so extreme in its grace that it can’t last. It stays to enrich our lives, then drifts away in the wind. Never forgotten. Because it reminds us we must live. That life is fragile, yet in that fragility, there is strength. There is love. There is purpose. It reminds us that life is short, that our breaths are numbered and our destiny is fixed, regardless of how hard we fight.”