Welcome to the official 5-day Blog Tour for Kay Upperman's debut Young Adult novel, Kissing Max Holden! Of course, today happens to be its book birthday, too! So... We are also celebrating this release with this tour! The tour will consist of various posts such as: reviews, excerpts, and other guest posts. We will be sharing a guest post today. Our guest post topic is "Top Favorite Characters From Your Book." Plus, there's a tour-wide giveaway, too! So... Check it out and grab your copy today!
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August 1, 2017
Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?
Katy Upperman's Top Favorite Characters from Kissing Max Holden
Asking me to pick favorite characters from Kissing Max Holden is a little like asking me to pick my favorite dessert – too hard to choose! But, if I *have* to name a characters who were most the most fun to write, here they are:
Meredith – When I set out to write Kissing Max Holden, I didn’t have big plans for Meredith. She was meant to be a fairly minor character; even though she’s Jill’s stepmother, they don’t begin the narrative with much of a relationship. As I got deeper into drafting the story, though, it became clear that Meredith needed to become an important figure in Jill’s life. They go through a lot together, and their bond only strengthens as other aspects of their family crumble.
Kyle – He’s the BFF I would’ve loved to have in high school. He’s funny and light, but he keeps it real with Jill at all times, offering up sound advice when she needs it, and calling her out on questionable choices even while she might excuse them away. Plus, he has this quirky habit of whistling tunes that are the perfect soundtrack for any moment, making him all the more loveable.
Max – Oh, Max, you troubled love interest, you… I adore a bad boy, but only when he’s got a heart bursting with good. Max does some idiotic things throughout the course of the story, and it takes him a long time (plus a lot of patience from his friends and family) to work through the grief he experiences after his father’s stroke, but at his core, he is sensitive and loyal and tender, particularly where Jilly’s concerned. He loves to listen to classic country, play football, and drive his F-150 so... what more could you want in a book boy?!
Jillian – Much like Max, Jill makes mistakes. She has moments of weakness and selfishness that I relate to. She tries hard to be a decent person – a good daughter, a devoted friend, and an adoring big sister – but she never bends so far that she breaks. When her father’s being unfair, she tells him as much. When Max is being awful, she makes sure he knows she won’t put up with it. I love that she cares without sacrificing her own well-being. Jill’s very favorite thing to do is bake (another aspect of her personality I relate to!) and she thinks in treats, making baking analogies and comparing the people in her life to different desserts. She was such a fun protagonist to write; it’s been so rewarding to see her stumble and recover and really come into her own over the course of the story.
So, that’s them – four of my favorite characters from Kissing Max Holden. Thanks so much for having me at Movies, Shows, & Books!
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