BOOK REVIEW: The Holloway Girls by Susan Bishop Crispell


Title: The Holloway Girls
Author: Susan Crispell
Publication: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Fiction, Teens, Romance
Pages: 384


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

During the kissing season, one kiss from Remy or her older sister Maggie will give the boy―or girl―good luck. Or so it has been for all the Holloway girls before. But this year, Remy’s first season, she doesn’t follow the rules, dooming the boy she kisses to bad luck that almost kills him and leaving Remy with a cursed kissing season.

Now Remy is adamant about keeping her lips to herself. But the new boy in town is making it hard to keep her promise. Especially because he seems to really want to get to know her, and isn’t just using her for the Holloway luck. But before she can even think about kissing someone else, she’ll have to find a way to fix the curse, or else her family’s legacy will be tainted forever.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I hadn’t heard of Susan Crispell before, but now I have read one and have another one I am currently working on. The Holloway Girls follows a family who passes down in the girls the ability to give luck to those they kiss during their kissing season.

Mostly the story follows Remy as she deals with negative repercussions of her choices. Honest opinion, right from the get go I found Remy slightly annoying. I’m not sure if that is how her character was suppose to come across, but that’s how she did. She was extremely needy and extremely angsty. This would normally ruin a book completely for me, and it did bring it down a bit, but I really enjoyed some of the side characters. The new neighbors that move in make the story so much more interesting. They are also the voice of reason.

The story did read well and I like Crispell’s writing style. The story flowed and moved along fast enough where I didn’t get bored with the story, even when there wasn’t a lot of peak moments. Not liking the main character was the main downfall for me, but the story as a whole held its own. I am looking forward to reading her next book on my shelf.

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