Kiss Number 8

Books / Debut YA Books

Kiss Number 8
By Coleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
CDN $23.50, 320 Pages, Published by First Second

Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not.

Her dad is hiding something big―so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn’t want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.

Kiss Number 8, a graphic novel from writer Colleen AF Venable and illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw, is a layered, funny, sharp-edged story of teen sexuality and family secrets.

“[This is] a story of family and friendship and love in all its forms, perfect for the graphic novel format and elevated by the combined art and narrative…the characters shine, fully human and permitted to be flawed. Hope prevails. A rare blend of tender and revolutionary.” –Kirkus, Starred Review