I Kissed A Girl is the debut novel of Jennet Alexander. I was drawn to it based on the premise of it being a LGBTQIA romance between a struggling B horror movie actress and the new make up artist on set. In my mind I was immediately visualizing a B horror set like something you would see on the SYFY channel. What I found while I was reading was story with a cute premise, diverse characters and positive representation.
The representation within I Kissed A Girl is so strong and likely my favorite part of the entire story. Noa is an openly out lesbian trying to find her way as a makeup artist. Lilah is a closeted bisexual actress trying to find her way out of the B horror film industry. Having these two opposing view points provided great context for the story. Lilah witnesses Noa being open about her sexuality and just living her every day life. This allows her to wrestle with her internal feelings and understand her bisexuality. There is also very positive representation of bi, trans, lesbian, and more individuals. They are living their lives, having fun, and being accepted within their environment. It was so wonderful to read about.
Unfortunately, while I really enjoyed seeing these two characters adapt to their individuality and come together, I wasn’t completely sold on the romance between Noa and Lilah. These were two completely different characters and while opposites attract, I felt like they were attracted on a very surface level, and never got deeper. There are several misunderstandings and miscommunications that had me wondering if they should really be together. They just didn’t seem to trust each other and there was also a lack of respect between them. This becomes especially obvious for me with the stalking subplot. A lot of the misunderstandings and miscommunications between Noa and Lilah were rooted in the stalking subplot.
I also enjoyed the moments on the horror movie set which was one of the things I was looking most foward to based on the premise. The descriptions of the horror make up were interesting and something that I was able to visualize for a B horror movie. I could just imagine the over the top presentation and the over dramatic horror scene. I also liked the descriptions of the daily activities on the set. It didn’t overwhelm the story and felt like what I would imagine a movie set to be like.
While I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of the Noa and Lilah romance, I still feel like I Kissed A Girl is a positive representation of the LGBTQIA community. There is also positive representation of the Jewish culture as well. These are stories and characters we still we do not get to see and read about regularly. I look forward to seeing what Jennet Alexander will bring to us next!
Rating: 3 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**