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The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams

The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams

4 out of 5 stars

ISBN-13: 9780802723185
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Date: January 2012
Page Count: 400
Reading Level: Ages 13-17

Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they’ve always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school’s foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home. To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they’re meeting. After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don’t return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls’ relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?

When I saw the premise to this book I though it was so funny and I though to myself, has anyone kept points like this before? I think I would have fit right in with the girls (Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy).  If joining the schools foreign exchange program wasn’t good enough, starting The International Kissing Club (IKC) Facebook page would have been. Spending a semester overseas and no only do you get to experience culture, sightseeing, and amazing people and food… but you get to kiss foreign boys too… AND you can get points for it??! I think I’d call that a total win-win. Where can I sign up? Okay, Okay… I’m too old to do this now, but I would have totally down for it (If I would have been brave enough.)

Piper picks Paris for art. Cassidy picks Australia to get away from her troubles in Texas, Mei wants to go to china, hoping she’ll find her biological parents there, and Izzy picks Costa Rica so she can learn all about the Rain Forest.  Disappointment comes early when Izzy can’t join in on the international fun because there isn’t enough money for her to make the trip. But she’s determined to make the best out of a horrible situation. She goes to work on Tanner Colt’s farm, the hottie quarterback of her dad’s football team. There’s just one little problem…he’s Pipers current crush and we know that you don’t kiss your best friends love interest, even if said boy might not be interested. Even if Piper is kissing her way through Paris- it’s the number one best friend rule.

It’s a summer to remember! Piper is kissing in Paris, Mei is trying to fit in with the people in China (and being very unsuccessful), Cassidy is having fun learning to surf, and poor Izzy is on a stinking farm!  How will this summer turn out… it’s interesting to say the least, especially when word gets out around school about the IKC Facebook page. What will happen when the school finds out how they spent their time kissing when they should have been learning?

This was definitely a fun read but we also learn what true friendship is all about. My only dislike came when the chapters skipped ahead. One minute a character was doing this and then the next chapter, time skipped a month ahead. Sometimes I felt like I was being told how it happened instead of getting to experience it for myself. All in all, this didn’t hinder my feelings for the book. It was fun and if this book interests you, I recommend you give this a read!

You can check out an excerpt HERE

How about start your own International Kissing Club? Ivy Adams gives us the rules. How many points can you earn?

The Official Rules and Guidelines for the International Kissing Club

  • Kiss and be kissed often
  • One point per kiss. Three points if it really makes you shiver…
    • Bonus points: Five points for two guys in one week and ten points for three
    • Kiss and tell

Meet the Author (read more about them here)

IVY ADAMS is the pseudonym for three friends and writing partners: Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts, and Tracy Deebs. Though The International Kissing Club is their first novel together, they have written more than thirty novels between them. They shop, gossip, and watch movies in Texas. Look for The International Kissing Club on Facebook. (Barnes&Noble)

Visit The International Kissing Club website.


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The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams- Interview and Giveaway

The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams- Interview and Giveaway

Around the World in 80 Kisses: Smooch Post #2


The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is the story of four best friends: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy–the misfits of Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank that goes viral online, she gets the idea that the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love and internet redemption.

Ivy Adams is the pseudonym of for three friends and writing partners: Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.


ACR:  What or who inspired the story of the International Kissing Club?

IA: The kernel of the story was originally inspired by the globe-trotting exploits of a fellow writer, who in a previous career had traveled to all of these amazing places and been romanced by men the world over. It was perfect for a chick lit-ish type book. However, that never got off the ground. But we loved the idea and thought it would be really cute for a young adult novel, so we reworked it and ta-da! The International Kissing Club. 

ACR:  Travel around the globe being romanced by men the world over, what a horrible career they had. *Jealous*


ACR: A lot of writers create playlists that help inspire their story or fit a particular scene. Are you one of the many author’s with a playlist? If so, can you share the artists and titles with us?

IA: Yes, music is definitely an inspiration for writing. When planning out a scene I’ll find a song that I think informs the mood I’m reaching for and play it over and over and over–it drives my family nuts. Sometimes, I’ll print out the lyrics of a song and put them up at my desk, so as I’m working I have a reference for the spirit I’m trying to convey with the words. For IKC, there was a separate playlist for each girl and their individual story/romance. But, when I first heard “Young Blood” by the Naked and the Famous I just loved it and thought it captured perfectly everything we were trying do in the book–it’s an anthem to youth and first love and feeling lost and making mistakes but realizing that all of that is okay, that you’re okay. I turn up the radio every time I hear it.

ACR:  Very good song lyrics for this song. I can’t say I’ve heard it before. I’ve found the song and video here on YouTube for those who want to take a listen.

ACR:  Can you tell us one thing about Piper, Cassidy, Mei and Izzy that no one knows?

IA:  Each of us wrote a different girl: Tracy wrote Piper, Shellee (me) wrote Cassidy, Emily wrote Izzy and we all worked on Mei. What happened when we wrote them was that we ended up writing ourselves into these characters. It wasn’t intentional and we didn’t even realize we were doing it at first, but these girls became a real reflection of us, our own internal issues, and our friendship in many ways. Tracy really is Piper–bubbly and dramatic; Emily is imminently practical and super eco-conscious (her whole house runs on rain water) just like Izzy; and Cassidy and I were separated at birth: snarky and fierce on the outside, terrified and neurotic on the inside. Mei is the best of  all of us–smart and driven with a bit of rebel. If we’d all grown up together like our characters did, I’d like to think we’d have been best friends then as well.

ACR:  It’s nice to see there is a piece of you all within these pages!


ACR: You joined the foreign exchange program, what country do you go to and what kind of boys do you hope to find?

IA:  My favorite question! Right now, I have a deep yearning to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina.   South America seems so sensual and mysterious to me. I love the language, the music and want to learn the tango, drink coffee and wine in the little sidewalk cafes along the cobblestone streets of the city, and walk in the footsteps of Jorge Luis Borges–one of my favorite authors. Then I’d go to the  pampas and see the gauchos, Argentinian cowboys. Mmmm, cowboys.

ACR:  Mmmm indeed. I think I’ll just tag along with you and follow in your footsteps. Though I think I’d be go with any place that has a foreign accent. The culture, the food, the music, the sightseeing….someone take me away!


Thank you so much Shellee for stopping by…this was a very fun interview!  Now who wants to enter an awesome giveaway??  See the details below:

Leave a comment telling us where you’d go on a foreign exchange program and be entered to win the Around the World In 80 Kisses weekly prize and also become eligible to win the Grand Prize, a Kindle Fire.

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24 Responses to The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams- Interview and Giveaway

  1. Oh I love that the girls also stand for the different personalities of the writers! This one sounds really fun. I’m on exchange in Switzerland right now, but if I can choose where to go…hmmm… New Zealand or Ireland!!!

  2. I would like to go to New Zealand. I fell in love with this gorgeous country while I watched LOTR! The people seem very friendly, laid back and outdoorsy!

  3. wow I’ve never heard of the book but now that I have, I’m def buying it! I love contemps and traveling and texas :D

    so anyway, I would love to be an exchange student anywhere in the UK. Because they have a FANTASTIC history there, SO.MUCH.HISTORY. I would die of happiness!

  4. I would have loved to study Italian in Italy and spend my free time exploring the city, museums and sampling the amazing cuisine.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  5. I went on a International Student exchange sponsored tour of 13 European countries over 7 weeks in my last year of college. Great fun! My favorite place was the Isle of Capri – I’ll never forget the beautiful blue of the sea there.

  6. I would want to be somewhere where I could understand the language. I am interested in London, the Scottish Highlands, and Australia…do I have to pick just one?

  7. Great interview, can’t wait to read the book. Love the insight on how the girls were created, where they came from!
    I have so many places I would love to travel to. My family comes from Ireland, Germany, France and Italy so I’d start in those places, then head over to Norway since that’s where hubby is from. Then maybe I would just wonder around to wherever my feet and heart take me!

  8. LOL. What Shellee left out is that they make fun of me constantly about being Piper. Everytime I get dramatic about something, which is often I admit, they say, “Okay, Piper, bring it back down. The world is not ending tomorrow!”

    Thanks for having us– oh, everyone leaving a comment today will be entered for a daily prize– an official IKC lipgloss :)

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