Title: Kiss, Date, Love, HateAuthor: Luisa PlajaPublisher: Corgi ChildrensPublication Date: 2 Feb 2012Source: Review CopyChallenge: BBCRating: 4/5Synopsis from Goodreads
What if you could change your friends’ 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?
The second half of the book is where the revelations occur tying everything together beautifully. Showing how and when events occurred to cause the current interactions. Impeccable writing draws all the characters history together while blending it with the current plot.