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This fun, sweet, wintertime book is filled with humor and romance. The picturesque mountain ski lodge is the perfect place to spend winter break if you have a boyfriend! Otherwise, that cozy leather couch in front of the crackling fire looks a lot less inviting. Good thing that there are lots of cute, blond, sweater-wearing ski instructors around to choose from.


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This fun, sweet, wintertime book is filled with humor and romance. The picturesque mountain ski lodge is the perfect place to spend winter break if you have a boyfriend! Otherwise, that cozy leather couch in front of the crackling fire looks a lot less inviting. Good thing that there are lots of cute, blond, sweater-wearing ski instructors around to choose from.

30 review for Kissing Snowflakes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i had such high hopes for this book! i was craving a winter read and i was soon disappointed within the first few pages of this book. this is the kind of book you have to force yourself to finish.i put this book down and then started reading two other books because i just didn't have any desire to finish this thing. why would you cram divorce into a short winter book? then we have to deal with the stepmom and all that crap.i just don't think you should put that in a short book that's supposed to i had such high hopes for this book! i was craving a winter read and i was soon disappointed within the first few pages of this book. this is the kind of book you have to force yourself to finish.i put this book down and then started reading two other books because i just didn't have any desire to finish this thing. why would you cram divorce into a short winter book? then we have to deal with the stepmom and all that crap.i just don't think you should put that in a short book that's supposed to be a winter read. some of the stuff in this book is,well,wrong.like 'hot snow stud' and 'ook me out'. she's one of those authors,who say things like 'felt like my mouth was full of fuzzy marbles' and us readers are sitting there saying what does that even mean?! and who 'listens to the sky' or 'kisses snowflakes'? when i first read the title i thought it was just figuratively,just a cute title for a winter book,not people literally kissing snowflakes. &what is kathy,like 40 somethin goin on 6?? what a ditsy airheaded idiot! i always wanted more real,relatable characters,who don't look perfect,but when i finally get one like that,its stuff like this-"i have long droopy ears,hair like mud and stringy arms and legs.' a little too real,if you ask me. everyone in this book either had droopy ears or droopy eyes,or saggy lips. &if the author left that out then she described people like this-one guy was shaped like a big rectangle with huge shoulders and a tiny head.one was pear shaped,with huge legs.wth is up with this author?ive never looked at a guy and said he's pear shaped. this is another one of those characters who thinks winter break is all about romance, trying to hook up with someone.its like those romantic comedies where all the girls want to hook up with someone on their vacations.that's not what i think about over vacations. the main character asks for someone 'to share the sky with'. how about just someone to fall in love with? why the heck did she keep calling herself by her middle name-how weird! she started out making fun of drew because he was so good looking and he knew it and then starts makin fun of everything he says,which teenage boys don't say anyway! i mean has the author even been around boys?because no boy on this planet talks like that. &why was she so caught up with aaron,who hadn't said one word to her? &then she liked that one guy from the play they were both in. drew was constantly calling her dumb names, stuff no guy says. &levy or sam,or w/e the heck her names was makes over him while alternately making fun of him.she's one of those girls who, after the guy asks a simple question like 'are you ok?' she's like i hope he wouldn't keep checking up on me. i mean what the heck duz she want?!? &i hate characters who drink.i mean she just goes along with everyone else,who she just met.i was even more disappointed with the book after that. 1st she gets talked into drinking,actually there was no persuading, because sam just went along with it blindly.&then her and a guy she just met start makin out and almost do it.&then she's like levy what did you just do?u cud have had sex with a guy in a hottub. who does that with someone they just met?! &then she's like i had a hangover like an adult. if that's what growing up and being an adult means to you then i'm so glad im not that way. this girl was STUPID! all this made me sorry for the guy she ended up with 2have2 get stuck with this girl.&then that brainless idiot drew who says things like 'one hot mama' was supposed to know what impetuous meant. i swear its just like love on the lifts by rachel hawthorne. i know sam's ramblings were supposed2 be funny,but they weren't. at all. &im sick of these unrealistic storylines where all the girls wanna do is hook up with someone on their vacation.who thinks like that?! &what friends tell their friends they should do that? &when sam "told off" that woman in the lobby for yelling at eric, i was like r u serious?! that was telling sum1 off?! i could have done better without even trying. sam couldn't tell anyone in this book off.it was so stupid. &then she sed eric was weird for drawing in the dark when i don't even remember it bein dark.& 2nd,sams the weird one.completely&totally weird and yet she kept throwing around the word weird at everyone else. the "electrocuted dance" just did me in.that was like the final straw on her weirdness.i just couldn't take it.why don't u just flip ur hair around instead of flapping ur arms around and running around like you got electrocuted?! something else that was stupid-im starting to lose count-"tote hilare" and "tote fabu". wth. who talks like that?! actually,who talks like anyone in this book?! no1 in here talked appropraitely for their age. &u just know the author is really like her characters,because you couldn't make all this weirdness up otherwise. the way the author describes stuff is ridiculous and so off base. like everything turned pink and my head felt like it was on backwards.&then i opened my eyes &the sky turned green.when it was really just erics eyes.when has anyone confused that for the sky?! &then "little swimmy monsters in the sides of my vision." this girl was all over the place. &most ppl would say "just give me 10minutes" but in here she says "give me just 10 minutes." never really resolved the whole stepmom thing.don't put it in there if you aren't going to resolve it in the end. &then almost at the end of the book she throws in a new problem-that her best friend likes the guy she used to like.but they never solved that either.i mean wth! the conversations in here were stupid-"wackadoo" and "yup.yeah." and "good.good." "yeah.yeah." "good.great." "yeah,much." there again,who talks like that?

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover Kissing Snowflakes is a wintry drama with plenty of skiing. The more serious topics in the book balanced out the fluff, and the resort setting is so peaceful. However, I found the main character to be dislikable, so I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I had hoped. This book tells the story of a ski trip celebrating the remarriage of the main character’s dad. On the trip, Sam meets a cute ski instructor and finds herself falling for him. However, the more time she spe Full Review on The Candid Cover Kissing Snowflakes is a wintry drama with plenty of skiing. The more serious topics in the book balanced out the fluff, and the resort setting is so peaceful. However, I found the main character to be dislikable, so I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I had hoped. This book tells the story of a ski trip celebrating the remarriage of the main character’s dad. On the trip, Sam meets a cute ski instructor and finds herself falling for him. However, the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes that he might not be the one for her. I loved the resort setting and the relaxing winter break vibes. There is also a good mix of drama and fluff. I was actually surprised to see topics like divorce discussed in the story, since books like this one aren’t typically too heavy. Kissing Snowflakes is overall super cosy and perfect for the winter. I didn’t really like Sam’s character. I found her to be too clingy and naive, and the way she acts can be so immature. I also didn’t like the way she treats her best friend from home and how she doesn’t even give her stepmom a chance. Some of Sam’s actions are understandable, but most of them are pretty frustrating. I would have preferred if she was more considerate and listened. Kissing Snowflakes is a cute and wintry read filled with skiing and drama. I enjoyed the relaxing resort setting, but the main character didn’t satisfy me. I would still recommend this one, though it would be better suited for those new to the YA genre.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fuzzy Gerdes

    Before I say anything about Kissing Snowflakes you should know that a) I am not in the target demographic for this book, being neither a teenager nor a girl and b) I'm friends with the author, Abby Sher (improvista, essayist, and now novelist). Having gotten those caveats out of the way: it's wonderful. Sam(antha) Levy is headed to a Vermont ski resort with her brother, father, and brand-new step-mom, and without her best friend. Can anything good come out of the trip? Maybe Drew, the handsome, Before I say anything about Kissing Snowflakes you should know that a) I am not in the target demographic for this book, being neither a teenager nor a girl and b) I'm friends with the author, Abby Sher (improvista, essayist, and now novelist). Having gotten those caveats out of the way: it's wonderful. Sam(antha) Levy is headed to a Vermont ski resort with her brother, father, and brand-new step-mom, and without her best friend. Can anything good come out of the trip? Maybe Drew, the handsome, blond ski instructor? You'll find, in alphabetical order, art, betrayal, caddish behavior, a dog, drinking, friendship, kissing, literature, mom-issues, (talk of) sex, and some skiing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    2.5 stars - I wasn’t really into the story and I didn’t like the main character that much. She was whiny and really immature and she ran hot and cold with everyone. I liked the love interest (he was my favorite character) but I couldn’t see what he saw in someone as unpleasant as Sam. It’s also wintery more than Christmassy, but it was overall okay.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    I really liked this book. It was the first romance book I've ever read. I really liked this book. It was the first romance book I've ever read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    This was very cute. A great winter read about a winter vacation in the beautiful mountains - full of skiing and winter romance. Except there is also drama - Sam is on vacation because her dad just got remarried and she isn't really sure how to handle it. So, I did like this book - it's pretty adorable. But Sam is pretty fiery and I wasn't always happy with her reaction to things. But it was pretty realistic at least. This was very cute. A great winter read about a winter vacation in the beautiful mountains - full of skiing and winter romance. Except there is also drama - Sam is on vacation because her dad just got remarried and she isn't really sure how to handle it. So, I did like this book - it's pretty adorable. But Sam is pretty fiery and I wasn't always happy with her reaction to things. But it was pretty realistic at least.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    re-read in 2018: so it still manages to keep some of the charm that I enjoyed four years ago and I’m finding I’m not liking as much young adult as I once did. Original 2014 review: love books like this that make you happy when you read. Always love a fluffy happy read that just happened to be a perfect December read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Isha

    I had high hopes for this book, but in the end, I thought it was just really immature. I read a lot of YA but this just felt very underdeveloped and childish in all the bad ways. I did not like Sam at all. I found her to be overdramatic, whiney, immature, and a brat. The other characters weren't developed either. What really bugged me was how she either very naive or held grudges the entire time. There was no in between. Phoebe. (view spoiler)[It was so frustrating that Sam could not forgive her I had high hopes for this book, but in the end, I thought it was just really immature. I read a lot of YA but this just felt very underdeveloped and childish in all the bad ways. I did not like Sam at all. I found her to be overdramatic, whiney, immature, and a brat. The other characters weren't developed either. What really bugged me was how she either very naive or held grudges the entire time. There was no in between. Phoebe. (view spoiler)[It was so frustrating that Sam could not forgive her! They didn't really make up at the end, even after Sam has clearly moved on with Eric. (hide spoiler)] This was a very quick, easy read. I think the redeeming quality of Sam was that she didn't fully give in to Drew and ended up standing up for herself at the end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This book was a very fast read, partly because of the large type in the book, and the fact that I didn't think it was very long!! The story was okay, typical teen drama unfolds all focused on 'will he kiss me??', 'Is he the one??'. The fact that I am no longer 15 (thank god) made this book kind of boring and blood boiling. It wasn't anything more than a 'harlequin' novel for teens, and the fact that the main focus seemed to be about getting kissed made me want to throw the book in the corner. Ho This book was a very fast read, partly because of the large type in the book, and the fact that I didn't think it was very long!! The story was okay, typical teen drama unfolds all focused on 'will he kiss me??', 'Is he the one??'. The fact that I am no longer 15 (thank god) made this book kind of boring and blood boiling. It wasn't anything more than a 'harlequin' novel for teens, and the fact that the main focus seemed to be about getting kissed made me want to throw the book in the corner. However, probably the redeeming factor was that the main character, Sam, was smart and did not give in to peer pressure which I liked, no more damsels in distress for me!! So, overall: 2 stars, the writing was ho-hum, the story was ho-hum, but I liked Sam and Eric.....cute couple :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I thought this book was quite a typical ‘fantasy’ teenage romance book. I have read many books with the same kind of story line. A girl whos parents are split, the girl is dragged on holiday with dad/mum and new step mum/dad and meets a jok, goes out with the jok and all he is a player, then some other quieter guy comes along and they fall in love. For this reason, this book was not as enjoyable but for someone looking for a book on that story line, this is the perfect book. I did not enjoy this I thought this book was quite a typical ‘fantasy’ teenage romance book. I have read many books with the same kind of story line. A girl whos parents are split, the girl is dragged on holiday with dad/mum and new step mum/dad and meets a jok, goes out with the jok and all he is a player, then some other quieter guy comes along and they fall in love. For this reason, this book was not as enjoyable but for someone looking for a book on that story line, this is the perfect book. I did not enjoy this book as it was to cliché and predictable. I did not find the plot interesting and at all a tiny bit realisticeven though it was fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I read this looking for a cute teen romance novel that I could read in an hour or so. The story fits a formula that is so predictable that it hurts. (A misfit but lovable teen who hates her parents goes on a vacation and meets an incredibly hot guy. There's a not so hot guy in the background who has the heart of gold and actually turns out to be attractive. Guess who she ends up with.) There's also talk of sex, which I don't think should be in a book directed at 14 year olds. I was pretty disappo I read this looking for a cute teen romance novel that I could read in an hour or so. The story fits a formula that is so predictable that it hurts. (A misfit but lovable teen who hates her parents goes on a vacation and meets an incredibly hot guy. There's a not so hot guy in the background who has the heart of gold and actually turns out to be attractive. Guess who she ends up with.) There's also talk of sex, which I don't think should be in a book directed at 14 year olds. I was pretty disappointed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Overall this book was way too easy. I finished it much quicker than I do most books. It was also a bit too girly girl. I wish there was more action in it. It also would have been better if it was more realistic. I really felt as though there wasn't too much of a plot. For a quick read though it kept me entertained. I do not recommend this book unless you're bored out of your mind. Overall this book was way too easy. I finished it much quicker than I do most books. It was also a bit too girly girl. I wish there was more action in it. It also would have been better if it was more realistic. I really felt as though there wasn't too much of a plot. For a quick read though it kept me entertained. I do not recommend this book unless you're bored out of your mind.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    This book was one big cliche after another. The characters were too immature for the age that they were portrayed as. Certain parts just seemed to go on and on. I ended up skimming through most of it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabellat

    This book was really disappointing to me. I was really excited to read it and I thought I would be interested in it. It turns out, this book is not very interesting. I read the first chapter and I had to force myself to keep reading. The book just dragged on and on and on. The story line was good, but the way it was written did not execute the story. Details in a book are good for describing things, but this book described every little thing. It made it very boring to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A snowy modern version of Pride and Prejudice with underage drinking and hook up culture thrown in for good measure. My pre-teen got this from the library so I quickly read it. YIKES ... I’d rather she not read it but I’m sure my mom felt the same way about all the VC Andrews books I devoured. Ugh.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I've been looking for holiday books to get in the Christmas spirit. However this was not the best book. The story has been told a million times before and was extremely predictable. Every time there was going to be a big "plot twist" with the protagonist, I guessed it ten pages ahead. I don't reccomend this. I've been looking for holiday books to get in the Christmas spirit. However this was not the best book. The story has been told a million times before and was extremely predictable. Every time there was going to be a big "plot twist" with the protagonist, I guessed it ten pages ahead. I don't reccomend this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    After reading three fantasy books in a row, this was the exact book I needed. I wanted to read a cute, light, fluffy contemporary set in the Winter and that's exactly what I got. This book was cute, had a cute romance and was a very quick read. I read it in two sittings which is very fast for me :) After reading three fantasy books in a row, this was the exact book I needed. I wanted to read a cute, light, fluffy contemporary set in the Winter and that's exactly what I got. This book was cute, had a cute romance and was a very quick read. I read it in two sittings which is very fast for me :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raegan

    A little boring and immature in the beginning, but character really grew!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baxter

    This is a very cute, fun read. ☺️

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    Super sweet

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eva Bradley

    As a writer, when you read a shitty book, it makes you feel better about your own work because if this terrible book could get published so can I. I’m a sophomore in high school and I think I could write a better book than this. There was just nothing exciting about it at all; a piece of cardboard is more interesting. The plot was completely predictable and the writing itself was lackluster. Also, Drew was incredibly creepy and I didn’t understand how Sam couldn’t see that he just wanted to get As a writer, when you read a shitty book, it makes you feel better about your own work because if this terrible book could get published so can I. I’m a sophomore in high school and I think I could write a better book than this. There was just nothing exciting about it at all; a piece of cardboard is more interesting. The plot was completely predictable and the writing itself was lackluster. Also, Drew was incredibly creepy and I didn’t understand how Sam couldn’t see that he just wanted to get into her pants in a way that made me really uncomfortable. Not long ago I was in what I guess you could call a…. comparative situation. I was at this writing program for high schoolers this summer and to make a long story short, I decided to go for a walk with this guy one night and he started making advances. I tried to ignore them as though it would help. Eventually he asked if he could kiss me and he took it as a yes when I told him that I’d never kissed a boy before. I mean, kissing him wasn’t bad. His breath smelled like peppermint and his lips were soft, but honestly I just didn’t feel anything? Looking back on it, I think that guy was probably just trying to get in my pants. I wound up making an excuse to go and getting the hell out of there which is what the Sam in this book should have done on the countless occasions where was blatantly obvious that Drew just wanted to get in her pants. It was also excessively and aggressively heterosexual in addition to being poorly written. I honestly don’t know why I picked it up and decided to read it (it’s also solidly below my reading level), or even finish it for that matter. If you’re into cheesy, gross heterosexual romance books, you’ll probably love this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    My review for this book might be as cold as the air in Vermont. Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher follows Samantha, whose father remarries and asks her and her brother to accompany him and his new wife on their honeymoon in Vermont. Obviously, Samantha is less-than-thrilled to get to know her new stepmom, but sees the trip as an opportunity to get over her ex-boyfriend and meet cute boys. Samantha quickly meets Drew, a hot and almost Olympian ski instructor, and is swept of her feet figuratively an My review for this book might be as cold as the air in Vermont. Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher follows Samantha, whose father remarries and asks her and her brother to accompany him and his new wife on their honeymoon in Vermont. Obviously, Samantha is less-than-thrilled to get to know her new stepmom, but sees the trip as an opportunity to get over her ex-boyfriend and meet cute boys. Samantha quickly meets Drew, a hot and almost Olympian ski instructor, and is swept of her feet figuratively and literally (she falls down a lot in the snow). For me, Samantha was very frustrating main character. I get that she’s a teenager and she’s going to fight with her stepmother, not notice a player, and make bad decisions. I don’t have a problem with that at all because many other teenagers would make the same decisions as Samantha. That aside, Samantha wasn’t very likable (bad decisions aside) to me which made the story hard to read. I understand not taking the warning about Drew the first time and trying to make things work, most people would do the same. But it seemed even after Samantha knew the truth about Drew, she continued to go back and make a relationship with him. I cringed the most after Samantha referred to him as her boyfriend even though she knew he never wanted and never was even in a relationship with her. I also disliked Samantha’s relationship with her friend. I understand that Samantha was upset, but freezing out her friend didn’t seem justified at all. I also didn’t like how this part of the story never truly was resolved and how Samantha only seems to want to make up after she gets a boy for herself. Another pet peeve of mine is when main characters try to make themselves look better by denouncing someone else’s interests. Samantha talked down about girls who choose salad over “real food” or for wearing girly and pink snowsuits. She makes comments like, “I know we would be friends because she got a meatball sub” or doubts people because they haven’t read Catcher in the Rye. I get that people make petty comments, but after awhile, it gets old. Many young adult books try to make main characters seem different and cool because they reject what the “average girl” likes and opt for reading classics and wearing quirky things like turtles hats (even though the “average girl” could like those as well). If the main character likes classics and turtle hat’s then that’s fine, but it shouldn’t be at someone else’s expense. Samantha wasn’t the only character that bugged me in this book. I get Drew was a player, but even so, using “doll face” and other terms seemed so unrealistic and made me roll my eyes. All of the other female characters along with her brother and father were very flat and stereotypical. Even Eric didn’t have much depth and follows the “perfect YA boy” pattern. The one part of this book that I did enjoy was Samantha’s relationship with her stepmom. I liked to see the progression of their relationship and I think this is one of the few instances where Samantha learns from her mistakes. When I picked this book up, I wanted a light read for the winter. I think this book fulfills its purpose, but my problems with many of the characters made me struggle to finish this book. Even though it is less than three hundred pages, it took me awhile to finish. I give this book two out of five stars. Originally posted on Beauty and the Bean Boots

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    The novel kissing Snowflakes is the best book I've ever read. The books about a girl named Samantha (Sam) who goes with her dad on his honeymoon. He just got married to a young woman that Samantha really doesn't like. What Samantha's going to do the whole time is try to find love. My least favorite part in this book is when Samantha finds someone she likes and they go out for awhile. But later on he wants to do things with Samantha that she doesn't want to do. So later on he moves on to another The novel kissing Snowflakes is the best book I've ever read. The books about a girl named Samantha (Sam) who goes with her dad on his honeymoon. He just got married to a young woman that Samantha really doesn't like. What Samantha's going to do the whole time is try to find love. My least favorite part in this book is when Samantha finds someone she likes and they go out for awhile. But later on he wants to do things with Samantha that she doesn't want to do. So later on he moves on to another girl. My favorite part in this book is when the owmer's son takes Samantha for a walk and holds her hand. All that night they ast by the fireplace and hung out.The next day when Samantha and her family were leaving the owner's son took Samantha for another walk and this time they kissed under some snowy trees. When they were kissing a snowflake landed on Samantha's lip. Samantha's step mom told one of her one of her favorite things to do was go outsied and kiss snowflakes. I recommend this book for onyone who likes to read romance/family novels. When you read this book you won't ever want to put it down. When I read it I never put it down. IT's one of those books that will keep you wondering what's going to happen next. My opinion of this book is I loved every minute of reading it. I'm normally not one who likes to read, but when I got this book I wouldn't stop reading. This book got my attention, because I can relate to some of the things in this book. The characters in this book are just like normal people. What happens to the people in my book is things that would happen to people today. For example Samantha goes out with a boy who want's one thing. And that's somethimes what happens to people today. This book has a clift hanger at the end of it. Samantha falls in love with the owner's son. They fell in love the day before Samantha had to leave. When she leaves they say goodbye and he tells her that later he will drive down where she lives and see her. Thst left me wanting to know what would happen next. I wish the author would write a second book on it. Or someone make a movie out of it. The owner that i have been talking about is the owner of the hotel that Samantha's family is staying in. The place Samantha's dad went on honeymoon was on a ski trip. The people who went was Samantha, her brother, her dad, and her new step mom. The way i know Samantha doesn't like her new step mom is she yelled at her and told her she didn't like her and she would never be her mom.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The novel Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher was a not a very good book, in my opinion. This book falls under the genre of drama. While the book lacked originality, it was a very well written book. Sher used words that drew pictures in your mind and that everyone could understand. Samantha Levy, the main character and narrator of the novel, is a fairly dynamic character. She is a typical teenage girl fighting the struggles of her family and friends. She goes on a ski trip with her father, stepmothe The novel Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher was a not a very good book, in my opinion. This book falls under the genre of drama. While the book lacked originality, it was a very well written book. Sher used words that drew pictures in your mind and that everyone could understand. Samantha Levy, the main character and narrator of the novel, is a fairly dynamic character. She is a typical teenage girl fighting the struggles of her family and friends. She goes on a ski trip with her father, stepmother, and brother. She dislikes her stepmother very much because she never imagined her dad being with anyone else. Throughout the novel she is trying to cope with her new stepmom, wanting to spend quality time with her dad, and she misses her best friend. Also she wants to meet a guy at the ski lodge so she can have that romance and cuddle by the fire with him. The book was very predictable. As I was reading, I would make assumptions of what would come next. I was correct on my predictions almost every time. It was a basic story line with not many exciting plot changes. I kept anticipating a thrilling twist to change my mind about the novel. I was expecting an intense moment at some point and it just never happened. I was fairly disappointed overall, I wanted something more to happen. However, the style of the writing was good. Sher constantly used intriguing words and descriptive language. Some examples of this are “brilliant blue”, “menacing gaze”, and “sprouting out of her neck.” Those are just a select few of the many she used at an attempt to lure the reader in. The use of the descriptive language was really the only thing that kept me from giving up on this book. She had a way of making simple things become a picture in your mind. I could envision almost every scene and she did an amazing job to make sure the reader could do so. Samantha Levy was exactly how you would imagine a teenage girl; dramatic, family loathing, love seeking. She did grow throughout the book; she solved many of her problems and experienced new things. I would not recommend this book to read for anyone. I got bored very quickly and nothing kept me wanting to read more. It was exactly what you would have expected from just reading the summary on the back of the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Kissing Snowflakes is more of a winter book than a holiday one. Samantha is Jewish but her family isn’t celebrating Hanukkah, they’re celebrating (or not, in Sam’s case) her father’s remarriage to Kathy with a trip to a Vermont ski lodge. Sam is still upset about her parents’ divorce and she’s determined to be miserable on the trip. What a drag. You know you have a bad attitude when your brother calls you on it. Kathy is, in Sam’s opinion, trying way too hard, but in my opinion she’s just not gi Kissing Snowflakes is more of a winter book than a holiday one. Samantha is Jewish but her family isn’t celebrating Hanukkah, they’re celebrating (or not, in Sam’s case) her father’s remarriage to Kathy with a trip to a Vermont ski lodge. Sam is still upset about her parents’ divorce and she’s determined to be miserable on the trip. What a drag. You know you have a bad attitude when your brother calls you on it. Kathy is, in Sam’s opinion, trying way too hard, but in my opinion she’s just not giving Kathy a chance. Really, there is nothing Kathy could do to make Sam happy, other than disappear. Kathy, by the way, gives the book its title with her story of going outside when it’s snowing really hard and kissing snowflakes: tilting your head to the sky and letting them land on your lips. Yeah, it’s weird. I’m with Sam on that one. Sam is immature and a little naive. Apparently she’s never heard of the playboy ski instructor stereotype, because there she goes, falling head over heels for one. She doesn’t see it at first, but Drew’s not quite the guy Sam wants him to be. It’s pretty clear that Drew only wants sex, and there are some super cringeworthy scenes with her chasing after him. Fortunately, Drew isn’t the only person Sam meets on her trip. Her new BFF Ashley is pretty awesome, and the son of the ski lodge owner is a much nicer guy than Drew. I would have liked more of the family dynamics instead of focusing on the boy drama all the time. Sam’s father has just remarried and he and his new wife Kathy have chosen to take his teenagers on their honeymoon. Why? Family bonding couldn’t wait another six months, until summer vacation? They barely even spend time together as a family anyway. Sam is off chasing Drew or moping over him, Jeremy (who’s a more experience skiier than the others) is hitting the harder slopes, and Dad and Kathy are just off somewhere. They do have some fun scenes together at the lodge. I love that lodge. It seems like such a cozy, fun place to be, and the couple who works there are wonderful characters. Kissing Snowflakes is a fluffy winter romance, perfect for a wintertime readathon or just a snowy afternoon sitting by the fire drinking hot chocolate.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Estelle

    Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog This is the perfect book to curl up with when you have a few hours to spare and some peppermint mocha at your side. It’s not a holiday book, exactly. Sam’s family is Jewish and they are spending winter break up in the mountains. But there is snow, hot chocolate, karaoke and cute boys. While Sam is on the prowl for her first real kiss (and maybe a little more than that), she is also coming to terms with her dad being married to someone she hardly Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog This is the perfect book to curl up with when you have a few hours to spare and some peppermint mocha at your side. It’s not a holiday book, exactly. Sam’s family is Jewish and they are spending winter break up in the mountains. But there is snow, hot chocolate, karaoke and cute boys. While Sam is on the prowl for her first real kiss (and maybe a little more than that), she is also coming to terms with her dad being married to someone she hardly knows and watching the two being so much more affectionate than she has ever seen him and her own mother. Sher is spot on with the changing dynamic in Sam’s family, and while sometimes she is over-dramatic when it comes to certain aspects of this remarriage, I totally understand where she is coming from. One thing that really surprised me was how open this book was about sex. From the fluffy title, I had no idea sex would be so openly discussed but I really liked how Sam was not shy with us readers about how she felt, what she wanted, and who else was doing it. Enter Drew, the hot ski instructor, who is totally interested in Sam. The shared moments between the two range from sizzling to uncomfortable, and I really liked how Sam handled herself in this situation. I certainly had a hunch where all of this was going but I was proud of the way that Sam was able to come into her own and be herself. One missed opportunity in the book is Sam’s brother, Jeremy. He’s two years older than Sam, and would rather watch wrestling than hang out with some cute girls. That was odd to me because he is 18 and I could swear I nailed his storyline but Sher left him hanging and Jeremy (sadly) remains a mystery. Unexpected drama from back home manages to wiggle its way into Sam’s trip, and practically collide with all of the misadventures she’s experiencing on and off the slopes. It may be pretty predictable but it is fun nonetheless. With a picturesque lodge, lively main character, and some risque moments, Kissing Snowflakes is a guaranteed speedy and sweet read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    It’s winter break, and Samantha, Jeremy, her dad, and her new step-mom, Kathy are taking a vacation in Vermont. All Sam wants to do is relax and find a cute guy to kiss. But things are turning out so perfect. The inn they are staying at has no people that are her age with the exception of the owner’s strange son Eric. Her brother is immature, her best friend Phoebe is acting strange and distant, and she and Kathy can’t manage to get along. It seems that Sam will have to spend winter break sulkin It’s winter break, and Samantha, Jeremy, her dad, and her new step-mom, Kathy are taking a vacation in Vermont. All Sam wants to do is relax and find a cute guy to kiss. But things are turning out so perfect. The inn they are staying at has no people that are her age with the exception of the owner’s strange son Eric. Her brother is immature, her best friend Phoebe is acting strange and distant, and she and Kathy can’t manage to get along. It seems that Sam will have to spend winter break sulking in her room with only her books and cards for company. When she does decide to venture outside and join a skiing class, she meets Drew, a blond skier who brags he’s been to the Olympic Trials. Sam’s first impression is that he looks like a Ken doll and that he is way out of her league, but she soon finds out he’s more than interested in her. After some very excellent kissing, she realizes what a jerk he is because he only wants to get into her pants. Through the course of her very short relationship with Drew, she makes friends with Liz, Heidi, and Deana. She also befriends a girl from Texas named Ashley whose favorite phrase is “tote hilare”. After running into Eric, the inn keeper’s son, several times, she realizes that she really likes him, and things go on from there. I really enjoyed reading this book. I was glad it wasn’t completely a romance novel, but I was disappointed that Sam and her friend, Phoebe didn’t make up their friendship by the end of the story, but it’s refreshing that everything doesn’t turn out perfectly. I was also glad that Sam was able to figure out what she wanted in her life. The cover is really cute too! This book is perfect for reading by the fire in the dead of winter. I recommend this book for fans of the Summer Boys series by Hailey Abbott because it’s basically the same idea in the opposite season. reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Giles

    Samantha (Sam) is just trying to deal with being stuck in Vermont for a week with her brother, her dad, and her brand new step-mom, while simultaneously trying to find the perfect hot guy of her dreams. This is an amusing and light read for me. I've only read this once before, last winter when I bought it, and I decided to reread it because of the weather's recent turn toward frigid temperatures. Though there wasn't enough description to truly paint a picture for me, I was able to imagine what th Samantha (Sam) is just trying to deal with being stuck in Vermont for a week with her brother, her dad, and her brand new step-mom, while simultaneously trying to find the perfect hot guy of her dreams. This is an amusing and light read for me. I've only read this once before, last winter when I bought it, and I decided to reread it because of the weather's recent turn toward frigid temperatures. Though there wasn't enough description to truly paint a picture for me, I was able to imagine what the Inn looked like, the Vermont scenery, and how gorgeous it must've looked at the top of those slopes. No grammatical errors were found, but I noticed the way it was written seemed to be structured with the way Sam thinks. When she zones out, I sometimes find myself suddenly in a memory or fantasy of hers, only to be just as suddenly back in the present when someone or something recaptures her attention. It does slightly disrupt the flow, but not enough for me to really dislike it. I think what I liked most about this book was the fact that she resembled what I think we all, or most of us, go through when navigating feelings for step-moms, boys and sex. She was a little dramatic with her hatred for her stepmother, Kathy, in the beginning, and chased after one of the hot jerks a little too long without really getting the point, but I think it just made it easier for most teens to relate to. I enjoyed the fact that Sam had insecurities about her appearance, like every girl does, and the guy she gets with is just a regular guy. Again, it paints a more believable picture for its teen readers, and that really appeals to me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caro [The Book Rogue]

    The story was predictable, totally nothing new, but it was enjoyable to read. It didn't cost you much attention, which can be good or bad, depending on the reader's expectations. It was good regarding teenager's and their problems, although I didn't like that some things were kept left hanging in the end, like "it'll sort itself out in time, lets forget about it for now, it's no longer relevant for the story". Made me frown, but somehow it was okay. Does that make sense? o.O Moreover, I have to c The story was predictable, totally nothing new, but it was enjoyable to read. It didn't cost you much attention, which can be good or bad, depending on the reader's expectations. It was good regarding teenager's and their problems, although I didn't like that some things were kept left hanging in the end, like "it'll sort itself out in time, lets forget about it for now, it's no longer relevant for the story". Made me frown, but somehow it was okay. Does that make sense? o.O Moreover, I have to critizice that it had too much problematic and not so nice parts for it to have such a sort ending of pure sweetness. Struck me as a little werid balanced, but hey. It leaves a lot of room for the reader to interpret or imagine further. As for the characters... Sam was just your average free reading spirit, too self-conscious, too stubborn -- and most definitively too naive. I usually like characters like her, except for the naive part, but there was just nothing unique about her, and it's like YA is overflowing with girls like her by now. *le sigh* Eric was really, really cute though. There aren't that much so totally sweet, good boys out there, but he was 100% one of them, and I guess he totally complimented Sam. All in all, a very cute winter journey. But consindering I wasn't the the mood for cute, I didn't really enjoy it that much. However, I can give loads of cute points for it, so if you're into that, go grab it. Area Scan: Style: 3/5 -- Plot: 2.5/5 -- Characters: 3/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Drama: 2/5 -- Humor: 3.5/5

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mala

    I really like Kissing Snowflakes becuase I feel like I can relate to it. Although it's contemporary fiction, it also has romance in it. Samantha the main girl who thinks that this ski trip is going to be absolutely boring becuase she has to spend her winter break with her brother, dad and step mom. Sam wants to find romance at the ski lodge and what better place then to experience it here with cute, blonde ski boys. I love how this book is just right for me and my age becuase these are the thing I really like Kissing Snowflakes becuase I feel like I can relate to it. Although it's contemporary fiction, it also has romance in it. Samantha the main girl who thinks that this ski trip is going to be absolutely boring becuase she has to spend her winter break with her brother, dad and step mom. Sam wants to find romance at the ski lodge and what better place then to experience it here with cute, blonde ski boys. I love how this book is just right for me and my age becuase these are the things that I am interested in. I like how she ends up finding really two cute boys one that can teach her to ski and kiss, and the other who has a wonderful heart. But she's still confused who should she have her winter romance with? I always want to read on to the next chapter in this book because the author always keeps my interested. Becuase in one chapter Samantha meets Drew and explains there relationship further and things start to happen. But then she in the next chapter she meets Eric who is a helper at the lodge, and who completely changes her mind about what she should find in a boy. I find it cute how she's so hopelessly innocent and needs a boy's comfort to help her lift her spirit of winter romance.

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