Title: How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You (Aurora Skye #2)
Author: Tara Eglington
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young-Adult
Publication Date: 1st November 2013 by Harper Collins Australia
Format Read: Paperback, 446 pages
Synopsis: “The course of true love never did run smooth. For a girl who shares her name with a princess (a.k.a Aurora from Sleeping Beauty) Aurora Skye’s life seem fathoms away from a fairytale. Sure, she’s landed Hayden Paris, Potential Prince extraordinaire. And she got her wish — one first kiss with all the knee-trembling, butterfly-inducing gloriousness she’d hoped for.
But Aurora’s learning that a kiss is just the beginning of a story.
Instead of being the truly transcendent, utterly epic follow up it should be, her second attempt at kissing has literally landed Hayden Paris in the emergency room. If that’s not mortifying enough, the whole school is now referring to her as ‘Lethal Lips’.
Meanwhile it’s all systems go for her best friend Cassie – she and Potential Prince Scott are totally loved up and can’t stop kissing. Jelena (Jefferson High’s answer to Helen of Troy) has moved on from the heinous betrayal by Bad Boy Alex West and has unleashed her plan to rule the world by running for School Captain. Problem is Alex is running too and Jelena’s pulling out all the stops to prevent him from stealing her rightful place as ruler of Jefferson High – including offering Aurora’s Find a Prince/Princess Program as one of her campaign initiatives.
How is Aurora going to prove her program is foolproof and help Jelena win the election when her matchmaking manoeuvres seem to be throwing all the wrong people together – including the NAD and the hippy-dippy Ms Deforest — and she can’t even convince Hayden to kiss her?” (Taken from Goodreads)
And the Aurora Skye saga continues! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book – it was light and a cute read, perfect for summer. So of course I was stoked when I won a copy of the book through FirstReads on Goodreads. Plus it was signed, woohoo! Thank you Harper Collins Australia and Tara Eglington!
Convince (as I’ll be referring to it as), picks up where the first book ends. Aurora and her prince Hayden are just dipping their feet into the pool of dating but everything seems to go wrong! Aurora’s attempts to be romantic backfires entirely, with Hayden ending up in the hospital with a split lip and Aurora burning off the ends of her hair. This earns her the nickname of ‘Lethal Lips’, which doesn’t help her reputation in launching her matchmaker program.
Meanwhile, her best friend Jelena is running for the role of school captain and she’s using Aurora’s Find and Prince/Princess program as her main campaign. While Aurora is stoked to be able to test out her program, things obviously do not go as smoothly as she’d planned.
Through the hiccups and the misadventures, Convince really begins to show the depth within the characters we’re reading about. Not only are they more developed, but they’re all learning life lessons that the targeted audiences for this book should be aware of, especially familial problems that Aurora goes through. Eglington teaches you about life in an easy to digest way, and I would have loved to have read this book when I was back in high school.
I especially enjoyed the friendships between Aurora and her four best friends. While Jelena and Sara often clashed heads, we know they’d always be there for each other when things got tough. Every one of them would be there for each other, even when Jelena’s personality and actions angered them all.
Of course most of the stuff that Jelena did in her captaincy campaign was really far-fetched and would never have worked, we must remember that this is still a fictional story. In saying that though, it was very entertaining reading about the lengths she’d go to in order to win. It was also nice to see first-hand how Aurora intended to use her program, even though I thought it was silly that perfect matches can be generated in a grade of only 200.
Aurora and Hayden’s relationship portrayed the fears we all go through when we first enter into a new relationship. Eglington really highlights how the girl’s mind works through Aurora, where we tend to jump to conclusions based on silly things that happen. It was nice that she used Cassie and Scott’s relationship to highlight the need for clear communication between two people – because your significant other probably won’t pick up the hints you drop.
What I loved reading the most was the strained relationship between Lindsay and Tyler. I know that sounds awful, but I think it was a really mature concept to include into a book targeted towards younger highschoolers. Ever since Tyler broke up with Lindsay in the first book, their relationship has been a little uneasy once they got back together. Lindsay has definitely become more clear-headed and has begun to question whether she still wants to be with him. Add in a new guy that seems romantic and attempts to sway her from Tyler, and you have one big girl-problem on your hands. I admired Lindsay a lot for her restraint, and the way she went about trying to solve her feelings without jumping right into something new. I know she almost did, but nothing really happened. Her relationship with Tyler could have completely crumpled, but what she went through happens all the time in high school. So it was a good message to send that you must remain logical when it comes to love, because the person that’s trying to steal you away from your partner definitely do not have good intentions. Seriously, when would a person with good intentions attempt to break up someone’s relationship?
Overall, I really enjoyed this follow up to the first Aurora Skye book. It was everything the first book was and more. If you’re looking for a light read that also touches upon life lessons one should learn, then definitely give this one a go!