and One Time I Kissed Him First
When you realize you want to marry your best friend at age six, life should follow a pretty predictable path, right? Maybe not.
As a kid, Evan King thought Scott Sparrow was the most amazing person he’d ever met. At seventeen, his crush runs a little deeper, and nothing seems simple anymore. Scott is more interested in football and girls than playing superheroes, and Evan’s attention is focused on getting into art school. A late-night drunken kiss is something to be forgotten, not obsessed over for the next ten years.
When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.
Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me by Anna Martin tells the story of two boyhood friends Evan and Scott and the evolution of their relationship through the years. Evan has been pining for Scott ever since a kiss during their senior year, but Scott has put distance between the two of them – until his sister’s wedding, that is. Their past is mainly told through flashbacks that break up the action of the current day.
Martin presented the story of Evan and Scott’s reunion very naturally. It flowed with all the stops and starts you’d expect from an estranged, but formerly close relationship. I found the characters enduring and believable. However, the flashbacks were jarring and sometimes unnecessary, in my opinion. The one thing I really liked was that the author acknowledged Scott’s bisexuality. This should not be as impressive as it is, but in the M/M romance genre, characters who have been with women are oftentimes a closeted gay man, as opposed to Scott who openly admits to liking both men and women.
Overall, this was a solid book with well-developed characters and I would recommend it for anyone who doesn’t mind flashbacks. Four stars.