Every*Kiss, Date, Love, Hate* is a perfect YA romantic comedy - really, really funny, but with surprising depth by the end, and with fun SF elements in the mix. 15-year-old Lex and her best friend, George, are on a one-week film course when they discover a computer game that can actually change people's feelings and even appearances.
Every night they change their friends' settings and their own for the next day..as the week goes on, Lex realizes she's been wrong about an awful lot of her assumptions, both about her friends and about herself.
She's been desperate to fit in and be "normal" for the past four years, ever since meningitis changed her life.
This computer game has been a way to finally take charge and MAKE her life what it was always "supposed" to look like.....there's a very serious subplot about disability, underneath the bright, sparkling humor, that really, really spoke to me.
Ever since I got about 3/4 of the way through the book, I've been making comparisons between Lex's situation and others I know, including my own.
It made me really think about how tempting it is - how irresistible it can seem - to just pass as "normal" as often as possible, no matter what the price, when it comes to disability issues...
(For instance, I will do almost anything to avoid having to admit out loud to a new or slight acquaintance that I have M.
E./CFS, and that the real reason I'm not doing X, Y, or Z is not because I just don't feel like it/can't be bothered, but because I CAN'T.) ..also how toxic that attitude can be for self-esteem.Oh, how I rooted for Lex - and oh, what a perfect, perfect ending she got. I can't wait to share this book with my teenaged niece, and I'll definitely be re-reading it myself.The first thing I would like to say about this book is how well Luisa Plaja creates realistic teen narrative voices.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 give a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life Lex Murphy's group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years.