Monday, August 13, 2018

REVIEW: Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino

Have you ever finished a novel at 1 am, put it down,  and stared blankly at the ceiling while your mind reels with emotion and thoughts and you're just so full of hurt and happiness and all the things? That's where I am right now. I just finished Blind Kiss and even though there was a happy ending, I'm overwhelmed with so much sadness for these characters. There were so many missed opportunities and so many times when they came sooooo close to moving from friends to lovers and I'm pretty sure I could find an Avett Brothers song that would go along with how I feel right now and I'd just sob. Is that weird? I'm in such a weird headspace because this novel just broke me a little with all of its probing observations on marriage and parenthood and aging and friendships and regret and hope and longing. 

This book hangover is going to be bad, I can already tell. I'm going to be thinking about these characters and the way they made me feel for a long time. I anticipate many moments of me just thinking about all the things that this novel begs you to consider about yourself and the choices you make and the results of those choices. 

This novel was a total gut punch and I, probably strangely, loved every second it.


From the national bestselling author of Before We Were StrangersSwear on this Life, and Wish You Were Here comes a powerful story of two people who spend years denying their scientifically proven chemistry.

Penny spends her afternoons sitting outside a sandwich shop, surrounded by ghosts. Fourteen years ago, this shop was her childhood dance studio—and she was a dancer on the rise. Now she’s a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with an impeccably decorated McMansion and a failing marriage. She had her chance at wild, stars-in-her-eyes happiness, but that was a lifetime ago. After The Kiss. Before The Decision.

The Kiss was soulful. Magical. Earth-shattering. And it was all for a free gift card. Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off.

For a year, they danced between friendship and romance—until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change—and it’s his turn to decide what will become of their once-in-a-lifetime connection.

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