I kissed a girl

Jennet Alexander

Book - 2021

"A warm, witty, and effortlessly charming LGBTQIA+ romcom with Young Adult crossover appeal. Lilah Silver is an up-and-coming actress who longs to break out from the B-rate horror flicks she's known for. When she gets the chance to star in her first lead role, she'll need some major help from makeup artist and special effects guru Noa Birnbaum to shine brighter than all the rest. But can the major chemistry brewing over long hours spent together ever hope to survive the bright shi...ne of the spotlight?"--

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Subjects
Genres
Love stories
Romance fiction
Lesbian fiction
Published
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca [2021]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes reading group guide and a conversation with the author (pages 383-391).
Physical Description
391 pages : 21 cm
ISBN
9781728222707
1728222702
Main Author
Jennet Alexander (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

After dying early in a few horror movies, actress Lilah Silver is headlining for the first time. Noa Birnbaum just dropped out of college to take a makeup artist/special effects job on Lilah's movie. Lilah hopes this final girl role will open her up to serious acting opportunities. Noa hopes this gig will get her the hours and recommendation she needs to join the union. There is chemistry between them when they meet, but a rule against fraternization between cast and crew complicates things. Add an uncannily accurate anonymous item in a gossip magazine and evidence of a dangerous fan, plus the heightened emotion of an intense film shoot, and you have a fast read filled with warmth, romance, coming out, vivid supporting characters, and a behind-the-scenes peek at Hollywood. Lilah and Noa are believably imperfect young Jewish women navigating early adulthood with the support of their friends and families, stumbling into solvable problems on their way to each other. A charming entry in the new adult queer romantic comedies trend in the vein of Casey McQuiston and Alexis Hall. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

DEBUT Noa Birnbaum, an aspiring special effects artist, has landed her first film job, doing makeup for an upcoming horror movie. She's worried about playing it cool in front of her celeb crush Lilah Silver, the star of the film. Lilah wants to be taken more seriously as an actress; she also wants to impress her cool makeup artist Noa (Lilah is bi, but not out). They spend many intimate hours together on set, but Lilah's fear of being hurt and Noa's judgmental nature threaten to end their relationship before it can begin. The stress of the job—on-set shenanigans, shooting on location, temperamental film execs—only heightens the stakes of their attraction. VERDICT This debut is perfect for fans of B-movie horror and rom-com flicks alike. The two main characters are both Jewish, and the book features a large cast of queer and trans supporting characters. A content warning for some stalking, but otherwise this a fun, fast-paced read.—Claudia Berger, New York, NY Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A queer romance with a side of coming-of-age tale and a sliver of suspense, Alexander's delightful if occasionally slow debut begins when Noa Birnbaum drops out of college for a job as a makeup artist on the set of a B-list horror movie. She's excited to paint gore and grime on the cast, and just as excited to meet her crush, the leading actress and "final girl" Lilah Silver. It's Lilah's biggest role yet, and she hopes it will be her chance to bust out of horror flicks and into the mainstream, but she's hiding a secret that makes her feel like she's acting even when she's off camera. Sparks fly in the makeup chair and soon enough off-set, too, but a crazed fan, a leak to a gossip magazine, and their own insecurities might drive this budding couple apart. Alexander, who has worked in TV production, brings insider knowledge and hilarious detail to the Hollywood back lot, enhancing both the tender romance and sweet coming-out narrative. A subplot involving a stalker is less successful, though, dragging the novel down in the middle. With hints of Casey McQuiston, a quirky supporting cast, and undeniable heart, this makes a charming addition to the growing list of New Adult queer rom-coms. (Aug.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A warm, witty, and effortlessly charming LGBTQIA+ romcom with Young Adult crossover appeal. Lilah Silver is an up-and-coming actress who longs to break out from the B-rate horror flicks she's known for. When she gets the chance to star in her first leadrole, she'll need some major help from makeup artist and special effects guru Noa Birnbaum to shine brighter than all the rest. But can the major chemistry brewing over long hours spent together ever hope to survive the bright shine of the spotlight?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Can an up-and-coming horror actressand the makeup artist for her newest "creature feature"turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime?Lilah Silver's a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She's been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance...but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she's going to need major help along the way.Noa Birnbaum may be a brilliant makeup artist and special effects whiz-kid, but cracking into the union is more difficult than she imagined. Keeping everyone happy is a full-time job, and she's already run ragged. And yet when the beautiful star she's been secretly crushing on admits to fears of her own, Noa vows to do everything in her power to help Lilah shine like never before.Long hours? Exhausting work? No problem. Together they can take the world by storm...but can the connection forged over long hours in the makeup chair ever hope to survive the glare of the spotlight?