Book Review: Kissing Ted Callahan (and other boys) by Amy Spalding

Published April 12, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Title- Kiss Ted Callahan (and other boys)

Author- Amy Spalding

Publisher- Poppy

Release Date- April 7, 2015



After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they’ll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she’s been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for


Riley and Reid are in a band with their friends Nathan and Lucy, but when Nathan and Lucy start to date, they feel left out. This is when they deicide to form a pact. This pact allows them to go after their crushes and then they document what happens with them.

This story was more about friendship, then anything else. Riley and Reid bond over sharing what is happening in their relationships. Then there is Riley and Lucy, Riley is upset that Lucy never told her what was going on with Nathan, instead she walked in on them. She now views her relationship in a different light and starts to drift away from her. The relationships Riley had in this book were more background and I didn’t see any connection between any of them and of course she doesn’t end up with my favorite.

I like that the main characters were the most popular people in school and their love interests weren’t either. I think many young reads could relate to them more. Riley was a bit awkard and I think many girls around her age are too.

Due to the content of this book, I think that it’s more for young readers. Maybe middle school. I kept forgetting these characters were in high school; it seemed more like they were in middle school. Some reminders that they weren’t in middle school were; drinking, driving around, and getting fake ids.

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