Book Review: Five Times My Best Friend Kiss Me and One Time I Kissed Him First – Anna Martin

Five Times My Best Friend Kiss Me and One Time I Kissed Him FirstDate of Publication: May 20, 2016
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, New Adult, Long Separation, LGBTQ
Format: 200 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634771566
Characters: Evan King, Scott Sparrow

I really loved Anna Martin’s writing style and this one is just perfection to the hilt! I loved the very concept of the story and although the story was not written in chronological order, you won’t feel disconnected with the story. It’s as smooth sailing from the very beginning until that very beautiful ending!

Since the whole thing was told from Evan’s POV, I felt that (naturally) I didn’t get much from Scott’s character. I knew he was sweet with Evan, love/d him and was feeling something confusing about his bff but I was expecting a bit of an exploration on his character. Initially, I find him not very likable at all as it irks me that he’s the one who initiated every kiss between them before that beautiful ending, yet he’s the one having a hard time accepting his sexuality. I don’t fucking buy his excuse about being a ‘player’ and what everyone around him will think – I say, FUCK it! That’s no fucking excuse because even if Evan’s all sensitive and shit, it doesn’t make it any easier for him to come out so fuck you Scott character for thinking that way. LOL. That didn’t sound good when reading out loud but since he  changed for the best, Imma give him a peck in the cheek as a consolation.

On a more positive note, I just loved the relationship between Scott and Evan’s family (basically just Evan’s mom). It’s just all very refreshing not having a ‘bitchy villain’ from either side. I’m usually not a fan of long separation but with this one, I loved how Anna Martin painted the reality of each character moving forward with their lives and finally realizing that they’re missing something. Oh,it’s just so beautiful and I don’t think I can blabber more without telling the whole story. Get a copy of this! Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.

Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

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