A Thousand Boy Kisses (Tillie Cole)

One kiss lasts a moment.

But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.

A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.

A bond that neither time nor distance can break.

A bond that will last forever.

Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come. 

Shun me! I’m a minority. Or a realist. Whichever you prefer.

This cover. It’s another one of those “OH! The cover sold me on the book!” I three starred this one, however. I don’t think it’s a bad thing in this case though. I had a lot of pros and cons. The cons just sadly outweighed the pros.


This book is YA. I don’t care what anyone says. You follow these two people from the time they are 5 years old to the time they are 18. That’s young adult. The dialogue and the events were also very teenish. I’m not a huge fan of YA so I am afraid that tarnished my view point on this book.

Tillie’s writing. Damn. It was wonderful. It flowed. It was poignant. I found myself getting so lost in it. It was a huge pro for me. One of the biggest.

(I can’t say anymore because SPOILERS).

The alternate POV and the time frames were written out so diligently and smoothly. I think I had a couple of complaints on how the two main characters acted at times or how they REacted rather but I can’t explain why without spoilers. Other than that, not a complaint.

This book was almost TOO depressing. I should ate a whole bottle of Xanax throughout this whole book.


Yes. That is a con. I wish I was kidding but I’m not. Not at all. From the get go it was sad. In the middle it was sad. The parts in between we’re sad. Sure there was some happy moments. But I definitely think the sad outweighed the good. And I mean come on, who wants to be sad during a whole book?

Also, this book strangely resembled another emotional book. Like, freakishly resembled. Even down to Poppy’s attitude and outlook. I was floored. The second part of this book was not original in some parts.

The ending. WHAT? I had major issues with the ending. Like, tell me answers or I’ll combust. I don’t even understand. What happened? Why? Why did Tillie do that? WHY TILLIE WHY?


So to round it all out: this was a decent read for ME. But you know what? I cried at the end. I did. Are you happy? My eyes got all glossy and I couldn’t see. Because Tillie’s writing draws you into these characters and their lives. Sucks you in. I felt so enveloped and weaved into these people’s lives. I was just….sad.

If you want a nasty, ugly cry and some YA this book is for you. Most definitely.


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