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Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding Book Review

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.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.

Kissing Ted Callahan sounded like a fun, lighthearted read, so I was excited to give it a try. Although I was indifferent to most of the characters, both the writing and humor were great! 

Riley and Reid, the two main characters, set out on a quest to find their own flings or relationships after discovering that their two bandmates are dating. Riley has multiple prospects throughout the book, as does Reid. I was pretty indifferent to Ted Callahan, the main love interest for Riley. I didn’t think there was very much chemistry between him and Riley and while Ted was nice, he didn’t stand out too much to me. However, my opinion of him slowly improved throughout the novel, as he had more interactions with Riley. He could be a pretty sweet guy ;)

I’ve always enjoyed books with musical elements, and Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) was no different. I loved reading about all the concerts the characters attended and the venues their own band played. Music played a pretty important role in several scenes of the novel, including my two favorite ones.

Riley was hilarious! The way she acted around guys (mainly Ted) was realistic (although I tend to be the opposite-quieter instead of so crazy) and there were several parts that had me laughing out loud. I’ve included one of my favorite quotes from her below. 
“He [Ted] picks up his messenger bag and slides it over his shoulder. I admire boys who basically carry purses.”* 
However, certain decisions she made weren’t the best. I wanted her to realize how several choices she made were hurting the people around her.

On the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of Reid. A good chunk of the chapters are told in his pov and I thought he could come across as kind of whiny. I also wish that there had been more scenes that depicted his friendship with Riley. The things he did in his attempts to get a girlfriend were pretty amusing, though. There are quite a few side characters, but with the exception of Milo, I was mostly indifferent to them. 

Amy Spalding has a nice writing style and the ending was very satisfying, too. I was happy with how everything ended up and the last few chapters kept me especially entertained. Overall, Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) was a very enjoyable and hilarious read. I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers :)

*Quote is from an uncorrected proof and subject to change.


  1. This sounds really funny, just the title made me laugh! Riley seems hilarious, I might have to check this one out! Thank you so much for sharing :D

    Lipstick and Mocha

  2. It is hard to really love a book when you don't feel the chemistry between the two love interests. Glad you were still able to enjoy this and warm up to Ted. Great review!


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