Book Review: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

It’s books like this that remind me why I love reading so much. A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole is one book that will stay with you forever and make you look at sunrises differently. When they say that this is a tearjerker romance, you better take it seriously and have a box of tissues (or several) nearby when you bawl your eyes out reading Poppy and Rune’s story.

I really have to give it to Tillie Cole on this one. She did an amazing job on this book and you will agree with me when she has you hooked to the story from the first chapter and you connect with the characters almost instantly. I haven’t read any of Tillie’s other works but I can assure you, she’s one hell of a talented author. The writing is flawless, it’s real. The emotions come pouring out of the pages and tug at your heart, leaving you dewy-eyed. 

“Because without you, I didn’t see the world the same way anymore. Nothing was the same. I know we were only young, but without you, nothing made sense. I was angry. I was drowning. So I gave up my passion because the passion within me had died out.”

The story of Poppy and Rune isn’t about rainbows and butterflies, it’s not a sugar coated love. The love between them is not overly done or exaggerated. Their love is real, flawed and honestly, it’s beautiful. A Thousand Boy Kisses showcases exactly what it means to love someone with everything you have. And it portrays exactly how much of an impact someone can have in your life.

Although there is a lot of things I would like to salute the author for, I can’t go on without saying how much I love her for not undermining young love. Love really has no age boundaries and Tillie beautifully conveys that message in this story. There is no absolute age “to know” who your soulmate is and whether you truly love them. When you know, you just know. That’s exactly the case with Poppy and Rune. They loved each other with every inch of their being. 

“Yeah,” I argued back, “and she’s the love of my life. And I’m not walking away from her, even for a second. And there’s nothing either of you can do about it.”

Despite all that, if I do have to critique this story, I would say that the first part of the story was a bit rushed. Personally, I would have loved to read more about them falling in love. But that could just be me being greedy. 

“Maybe we’re like the cherry blossom, Rune. Like shooting stars. Maybe we loved too much too young and burned so bright that we had to fade out.” She pointed behind us, to the blossom grove. “Extreme beauty, quick death. We had this love long enough to teach us a lesson. To show us how capable of love we truly are.”

I just want to conclude this review by saying that this story will evoke raw emotions from you and I want you to completely dive into this book blind. I knew nothing going into this book, I didn’t even read the synopsis, and I haven’t regretted it. Take my word for it. 
A Thousand Boy Kisses is an emotional roller coaster about the hardships of life and the beauty of true love. If there is one thing you do this year, then I highly recommend you to go pick this up. 5/5 stars.

“Poppymin,” he whispered. Gripping his shirt, I whispered back, “My Rune.”

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  1. OMG I just admired this photo on IG loved the flowers!!! The book was a bit too emotional for me but I loved the cover for sure!!

  2. I read this book a while ago and unfortunately didn't love it 🙁 I didn't even review it because it is hard for me to explain why.
    I do love your review though!

  3. Thank You for your kind words! Yes, I agree with the fact that it is very emotional, but I did enjoy it. I'm not going to lie, I picked this book mainly for the cover alone!

  4. I understand completely. I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy it as much, but it's okay. Not everything works for everyone.
    Thank you so much for your kind words though! It means a lot <3

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