ARC Review: Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider


I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Kiss Me in New York
Author: Catherine Rider
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): It’s Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.

Charlotte’s flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can’t bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they’ll focus on healing their broken hearts … together.

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they’re not only over their exes — they’re falling for each other.

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte’s flight leaves New York forever?

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Kiss Me in New York is a cute read that will cheer you up this winter. Although a bit clichéd, the story of two strangers meeting at an airport in New York is so entertaining. The idea of two people bonding over a breakup is heartwarming, and the main character is logical and doesn’t whine. This story is super short and can easily be read in one sitting.

This book tells the story of two people who meet at an airport coincidentally after they are both dumped. Together, with the help of Get Over Your Ex in Ten Easy Steps, they attempt to move on from their past relationships while exploring New York City at Christmastime. I loved watching Charlotte and Anthony’s relationship grow as they complete each step in the book, and reading about their adventures and mishaps is so entertaining. Kiss Me in New York is a super short and quick read that is perfect for fans of books like Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

I really enjoyed Charlotte’s character in the book. She is a British girl on her way home to her family after studying in America, but her flight gets cancelled and leaves her stranded. She is strong and not too whiny about the cancellation, and I liked how she is both rational and impulsive at the same time. Because Charlotte is British, she uses British slang, and it is so comedic watching Anthony, who is American, react to the difference between their words. Charlotte and Anthony are both enjoyable narrators, and their relationship is so adorable.

Kiss Me in New York is a short and sweet read that is perfect for the Christmas season. The main characters’ adventures in New York are so amusing, and Charlotte is a strong and considerate main character. Definitely add this book to your winter TBR!

16 thoughts on “ARC Review: Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider

  1. Angela says:

    This sounds so cute! There are few things better than Christmastime in NYC! It really is a magical time, and the perfect setting for a romance story. Think I will add this one to my TBR!

  2. kozbisa says:

    I thought this one was adorable, and I loved how Charlotte sort of helped Anthony’s family heal a little. I wish they jump ahead would have been a bigger jump, but I smiled tons during this one.

  3. Kelly says:

    I have an ARC of this and cannot wait to read it! I’m glad that you liked it! I love cute stories for the holiday season – I love the whole joy and happy stories kind of thing to really make my holiday. I’m super glad you enjoyed this one, and you wrote such a fabulous review for it, as always!

  4. Life of a Literary Nerd says:

    I’ve been debating grabbing this from NetGalley (because it’s a read now book) and this pushed me to do it! I love fluffy holiday reads, they’re so cozy and light compared to all the fantasy I love to read during fall.

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