Published on: March 15th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Genre: YA Romance
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One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
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.
If you are looking for Tillie Cole biker boys or hot football players, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking for a Tillie Cole story which makes your heart sore and then be shredded into pieces all within 300(ish) pages…then you are in the right place!
So firstly, I am a massive fan of second chance romances. So even before I knew the characters I was really excited for this story. The book begins with us seeing Rune & Poppy first meet when they are 5 years old, and then we get to see them again at 15 before they are separated when Rune goes back to Norway. I loved seeing these two as young children and seeing how their bond grew over the years, Seeing them at this younger age meant that everything that comes later is so much more believable because you have seen how their friendship and their love for ever other grew.
“Kiss number three hundred and fifty-four. With my Rune, in the blossom grove … and my heart almost burst. My kisses are all yours, Rune. No one else will ever have these lips but you.”
Seeing the difference between the Rune at the beginning of the book, before he left, and the Rune who returned from Norway was heartbreaking. His pain was immense and you could see the effect that it had had on him and his life. His relationship with his father is destroyed because of his anger towards his father making them leave for Norway and therefore making him leave Poppy. And his pain and confusion from not being with Poppy and having been cut off from her just makes him a total mess. The beautiful and happy boy we met at the beginning of the book was gone and in his place was a broody, angry leather clad teen, and there was nothing more heartbreaking for me.
“I’m half a heart. This, who I am now, was due to a life devoid of you. This darkness, this anger, was born from you not being by my side. Poppymin. My adventurer. My girl.”
I loved Poppy, right from page one. I loved her view of the world, and the beauty that she saw in the small things and in the everyday details of life. She is one of those characters who does what she wants to do (from playing the cello to wearing bows in her hair), not matter what people think of her, but also has a vulnerability to her. I really loved her jar, given to her by her grandmother, to fill with boy kisses and the adventure that it takes Poppy, and Rune, on.
“I was going to do this for her. I was going to do my damnedest to make her happy. I’d win her back. I’d win her back as the Rune I was now. There was no choice. This was us. This was our new adventure.”
Told in dual POV we get to see everything and feel everything that our characters go through, and it was intense. I’ve tried so hard not to say too much in this review when I just want to list every single little thing that makes this book so perfect. But I wont! The best way to go into this book is spoiler free, so don’t ask anyone else why has read it anything and that way when you read it you get to feel everything.
“Kiss eight hundred and nineteen was the kiss that changed it all. The kiss that proved that a long-haired brooding boy from Norway and a quirky girl from the Deep South could find a love to rival the greats.”
This book deserves every single tear shed for it. I have never felt so emotionally exhausted yet so satisfied at the end of a book as I did at the end of A Thousand Boy Kisses. Tillie writing flows so beautiful she doesn’t force anything, and she doesn’t need to force emotions from us, they come easily as we read each word of this story that Tillie has poured her heart into.
“Maybe we’re like the cherry blossom, Rune. Maybe we loved too much too young and burned so bright that we had to fade out.”
This book is unlike the usual ‘brooding bad boy’ stories we have come to expect from Tillie, but I think it has got to be one of my absolute favourites. Be warned, when Tillie says this is a tearjerker, what she really means is that she is going tear your heart out, rip it to pieces, stamp on it a few times and then shove it back in your chest (she’s so talented!).
But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Re-Readability: YES! (you couldn’t keep me away from it!)
I would recommend this book to fans of: Tillie Cole, Colleen Hoover, YA Romance, books that will make you cry, second chance romances, tearjerker romance
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Other books by Tillie Cole you should check out:
Sweet Home . Sweet Rome . Sweet Fall . Sweet Hope . Sweet Soul
It Ain’t Me Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured . Deep Redemption
Raze . Reap . Ravage
A Veil of Vines