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A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime (Lancaster Prep)

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Is green your favorite color?” I feel him take a step closer, his body heat seeping into me. I keep myself rigid so I don’t touch him, even though I want to. “No. I like pink. Or red.” I hesitate before I ask, “What’s your favorite color?” “Green.” He leans in, his mouth so close to my ear, just like I imagined last night. “Like your eyes.” Wren Beaumont is a model student. Kind, clever and beautiful, she is loved by everyone at Lancaster Prep. One thing that I really admire about Monica Murphy’s writing is how relatable she makes her characters, even when their context or lived experience is most certainly fiction. The elite world, the adult-feelings and sensuality, the extraordinary drama and experiences her characters face on the surface may be nothing like our teens- but Monica always imbues the essence of adolescent, of maturing, so genuinely and endearingly into the lived experiences of her characters that even within their uncommon lives we find common threads of our own maturation. Wren’s innocence, her lingering need to please her parents, her desire to be perceived as good, as an achiever- I couldn’t relate to that more. But perhaps what makes her the most lovable, and the most relatable, is her desperation to figure out just who she is, absent from those around her. Crew challenges her to confront the fallacy of her identity, to question just how real is the way she perceives herself- her friends, her needs, her family, her ambitions. It’s the most teenage of experiences and lessons- figuring out what is temporal in our world and what is truth. And I love how she recognizes her own agency- how Crew gives her the safety and the courage to explore herself, to find her own voice. Their budding romance is the catalyst to her identity development, and it makes it all the sweeter.

Monica Murphy (Author of A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime)

Wren and Crew are perfection and the chemistry they have is sizzling! I was sweating it out with nerves at Chapter 4 and the rollercoaster never ended' 5* READER REVIEWDon’t you ever do anything impulsive, Birdy?” His tone is soft. Almost suggestive. “No. Not really.” “You should try it sometime.” “Why?” “Sometimes, doing something without thinking can be liberating.” Crew Lancaster though? Just screams perfection, I don’t even know where to begin with him. Growing up with parents who barely tolerate each other, being the youngest of four and basically forgetting, unless he screws up, never being taken seriously, just seems lonely. Wren and Crew were made for each other, quite literally. The patience and understanding from Crew and Wren’s compete trust and belief in him brought together this beautiful story of utter magic.

A Million Kisses In Your Lifetime by Monica Murphy - Waterstones

It’s been three years, four months, two days and a handful of hours since the first moment I set eyes on her. I’m not sad,” I admit, and I mean it. “I just—” “Want to forget everything else? Everybody else?” I nod, resting a hand against his chest, my palm directly over his thundering heart. “Maybe I am a little sad.” He dips down, his mouth at my ear. “What would make you feel better?” I turn toward his mouth, my lips brushing his when I whisper, “You.”At the beginning, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Wren. But as I continued reading, her fears, insecurities, the relationship with her parents, being sheltered and forced into an obscured belief where she fears any form of intimacy, opened my mind to understand her character. That is, until sparks start to fly during one psychology class when Wren realises there's more to life than good grades - and Crew finally understands what it's like to be in love . . .

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