Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other.
Rhodes, a gifted artist, has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts (until she’s hit with a secret bout of creator’s block), while Iliana, a transfer student, tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.
They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a webcomic. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other… a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?
About: I Kissed Alice is a young adult romance written by Anna Birch and illustrated by Victoria Ying. It will be published on 7/28/2020 by Imprint, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 304 pages. This book is intended for readers ages 14 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Imprint is a publishing home for authors, illustrators and brands that fosters collaboration, finds ideas in unexpected places, and looks ahead to the future. Our goal is to work with our creators to make their mark in the world and in the lives of readers. Imprint publishes commercial fiction for ages 0-18, develops new intellectual property, and partners with existing brands to develop quality, original content. Imprint is a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading I Kissed Alice on 4/21/2020 and finished it on 4/30/2020. This book is a great read! Finally a story takes place where I’m familiar with: Atlanta and Alabama. Funny about the Atlanta traffic because I feel what Rhodes felt driving and merging onto the busy crowded highway, a nervous wreck! It’s interesting getting to know about art competition and art school in this book. I enjoyed the humor, especially how Rhodes and her younger brother caught each other checking out the same girl. I love the illustrations and the cover. The way Iliana was described in this story is fascinating like when she’s angry, her hair shakes and her body shakes. You don’t want to know where Iliana sweats when she’s about to give a presentation! lol
This book is told in the first person point of view following Iliana, 18. She’s feeling hate for Rhodes, her best friend Sarah’s dorm mate who is also Sarah’s best friend. Rhodes’ side of the room has stuffs from Pottery Barn whereas her friend Sarah own things from thrift stores and DIY’s. Iliana has a fan fiction account where she goes to work on her Alice in Wonderland comic, queer style. The alternating view is Rhodes, 18. Rhodes also loves Alice in Wonderland and joined an online community to spread the love of it. Neither Iliana nor Rhodes knew of each other’s online activities. Rhodes used to win art prizes until she froze up. Now her grades are slipping and so is her creativity. She is expected to overcome her fear. There are comics within the story of Iliana’s fan fiction. The story is timeline by counting down to an art award that Rhodes, Sarah, and Iliana wants to win. This story is divided into three parts.
I Kissed Alice is well written and a fast paced read. I like the online love and I’m not sure what I was expecting for their first meeting, but that wasn’t it. Though, it’s the best decision the author made because Iliana sure need to think it all over. I like how innocent the romance is. I like the humor between Rhodes’ brother and Iliana. My family is like Iliana’s family when comes to disagreements. I can’t do silent treatment because I have to say something lol. One thing I don’t like is if wanting the love, why wait until being face-to-face cornered to do something about it? Other than that, I do recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, hate to love, LGBT,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Anna Birch is the author of I Kissed Alice. She was born ‘n’ raised in a rural area on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. She traded thick forests and dirt roads for the heart of the city, where she lives now with her husband, three children, and dog. She loves knitting, brie, and hanging out with her family. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).