How did I get the book? I bought it.
Genre: Contemporary (Sci-Fi)
First Impression: Fun
Synopsis: What if you could change your friend’s lives and loves through the settings of a computer game…?
Lex Murphy’s group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama! Then Lex’s friend George is given a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life, Looks and Love. Lex and George populate the game with avatars for all their mates, making a few ‘wishful thinking’ adjustments to the settings – and find that the next day these tinkerings have come true! But how long can this new calm, loved-up atmosphere continue?
200 words (or less) review: Kiss, Date, Love, Hate isn’t exactly what I expected it to be. It’s so much more than just a fun read.
Lex is a great character; she’s sarcastic, rebellious and hates school. To begin with I thought it was just because she was a bit of a brat but there is a really good reason behind her behaviour and I didn’t see it coming. I since re-read bits of Kiss, Date, Love, Hate since and the way Luisa Playa has woven everything together is impressive. Once you know you can spot it but until then it’s really not obvious and I’m not spoiling it. It’s one of the highlights of the book and makes Kiss, Date, Love, Hate a highly recommendable read.
All the characters are in-depth, varied and I thought that the adult characters were believable, adding to the story, particularly Mr Trench. There are some laugh-out-loud-moments (such as the Chair of Doom) and Lex’s commentary is really entertaining.
The whole idea of this story is great. I mean if you could change your friends in a video game and see the results – wouldn’t you just?