By Rachel Vail
I am reviewing both of these books by Vail. And I have a mixed recommendation for them – a first for me in one review. I am trying hard not to give too much away because I do want you to read the first book! I love Charlotte’s dreams of first love and first kisses but I also like what Vail does when those dreams don’t turn out quite the way Charlotte expects them to. Also, Vail does a great job in showing how trust and truthfulness are essential in any relationship.
From Vail’s website:
IF WE KISS is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can’t help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss ?
The follow-up to If We Kiss, Rachel Vail’s addictive story of first kisses and heartbreak, Kiss Me Again at long last answers the question of what happens when a crush so off-limits it has to be a fantasy suddenly becomes something very real.
What did these books have to do with my faith? Boundaries. Charlotte has a really hard time establishing healthy boundaries, especially in the second book. In the first book she creates the wrong kind of boundaries. As human beings and as Christians, we must have boundaries. This means being able to say no when people ask us to do something or even be someone. We may feel guilty or even left out but we need to also participate in self-care so that we are available when we are truly needed and God has work for us to do. Even Jesus took time away in prayer and in distance. He also didn’t stay in one town but moved about so that folks didn’t get so attached and dependent on him. How do you establish healthy boundaries in your relationships (or do you)?
I recommend If We Kiss but don’t read the second book!