Sunday, 21 April 2013

Diary of a Crush: French Kiss by Sarra Manning

Title: Diary of a Crush: French Kiss
Author: Sarra Manning
Published by: Atom
Publication date: 30th May 2013
Pages: 240
Genres: Young Adult/Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

New town, new college, new people, Edie's feeling overwhelmed. What if nobody wants to be her friend? But then something happens that turns her life upside down: Edie spots Dylan. Messy-haired, pouty, frustratingly elusive Dylan...

Fast forward to the college trip to Paris and things are really heating up. In between shopping, the clubbing, the kissing and the making up, something happens between Edie and Dylan that could change both their lives for ever.

But do boys like Dylan ever play for keeps?

She just knows that this is the start of a roller-coaster, big-time love story. And she puts it all down in her diary.

Edie and Dylan meet in Photography class at college. From the first scene that Dylan is in, we can see that he is a player and doesn't particularly care for anyone's feelings. However, Edie becomes a little obsessed with him and starts going out with Josh to try and get rid of her feelings for Dylan. I felt really sorry for Josh as he seemed nice and he genuinely cared for Edie, unlike Dylan. The scene where Edie ungratefully accepts a gift from Josh for their one month anniversary was cringe-worthy and I felt empathy for Josh. The whole book was basically a massive love triangle - Josh loved Edie, Edie loved Dylan, Dylan loved Edie and Mia, Mia loved Paul, Shona loved Paul, Paul loved Mia and goes on.

I really liked the diary format of the book as it was easy to tell the timeline of events. However, it was a bit hard to understand the intentions of some characters through the diary. For example, at the beginning of the book, Dylan and Shona are all over each other. But then it becomes apparent that they are just good friends and Shona becomes best friends with Edie. At first, I was a bit sceptical of Shona as it seemed like she might be trying to get gossip about Dylan from Edie to use against her, but then I realised their friendship was real and they actually made a nice addition to the book.

The cover is really nicely designed and I love the mixture of a real photo with an illustration. It stands out well and is different from other book covers.

A slight disappointment that I had with this book was that there didn't seem to be any real plot, and there were no twists in the story to keep me reading. I only continued reading because I'm one of those people who have to finish a book, whether it's good or not. The story was basically just Edie and Dylan slowly realising their love for each other. It was a nice, quick read but it didn't seem to have any real substance. There was some great potential and I liked Edie and Shona as characters, but I just don't feel this book was as good as it could have been. Sarra Manning is actually one of my favourite authors, but sadly this book just wasn't for me! 3/5.


  1. I've loved both Adorkable and Nobody's Girl so I'll definitely be reading this. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it that much, Amber. :(

    1. I enjoyed those too, this one just wasn't for me. I hope you enjoy this book more than I did! :)

  2. I've seen this book on Goodreads, but I wasn't sure I wanted to read it... It all seems to be one big love-fest, with everyone loving someone else. It sounds funny, actually, like a chain reaction :D Hah, silly me.

    It sounds interesting to some point. I think I'll read something else by this author first. Lovely review. (:

    1. I can recommend Adorkable by the same author. :)