Myracle, Lauren. Kissing Kate. New York: Penguin Group, 2003. Print.
2004 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
One night at a party, best friends Kate and Lissa kissed. Now Kate is ignoring Lissa, who’s left on her own to figure what and more importantly, who she really wants.
““Isn’t it amazing the stuff we can convince ourselves of? And not just in our dreams, but in our normal lives, too. You know?”” I wondered what she was thinking of, what lies she’d convinced herself were truths. But I didn’t ask.”
I’ve had a lot of practice lately with these lies disguised as truths. Ever since Kate and I, best friends since seventh grade, kissed everything has been screwed up. It was in the summer, at the last party before school started. Kate was drunk, but I wasn’t. And even though Kate’s acting like being drunk was an excuse, I know she feels the same way about me. She just won’t admit it.
I’ve tried to talk to her about it since, to tell her how much I like her, but she wants to forget it ever happened. Kate is beautiful, popular and dating gorgeous Ben; she doesn’t want to be a lesbian. She doesn’t want to be “abnormal”. To me, though, it feels completely normal and I’m not sure that I can convince myself I’m really straight. I’m not even sure I want to…