In “Kiss Cam, ” teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?
Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.
Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing right?
In this adorably fun, fresh, and modern contemporary romance, a trio of vloggers push the boundaries of their friendship by giving in to fan requests for a “Kiss Cam” segment.”
Oh, man. Where do I start with Kiss Cam? It’s the kind of book I have mixed feelings for. On the one hand, the whole idea of setting a book around a vlogging group is AMAZING (although I now question if Zalfie are a real thing, or a fan-made thing???? Jokes) and ticks all the boxes for being cute, funny, warm, and making my heart soar. But, much like Bellarke (I absolutely love that Kiara ships Bellarke, Bellarke are just freaking amazing) Juniper and Jasper needed putting in a room until they’d decided exactly what their feelings were for each other, because I was never entirely convinced by either of them (I know, gasp!)
Everything leading up to the whole Kiss Cam thing was amazing, and even the Kiss Cams were entertaining, although you obviously knew something was going to happen. It was like waiting for a car crash on Police Interceptors – you know it’s coming, you just don’t know when and you can’t look away. The trio of Jasper, Juniper and Lenny were adorable, and it makes me sad even now that Lenny was kind of pushed to one side because of all the Jasiper stuff. #JusticeForLenny.
But, like I said, there was a part of me that just wasn’t convinced that these feelings between Jasper and Juniper were real, because it’s hard to believe someone who protests the way Juniper protests. So anything after that scene on New Years Eve confused me, and I can’t adequately explain why. It just did. It just seemed forced. Here’s the thing: When you read a book, you want a happy ever after you know is going to stick, forever, and there’s a tiny part of me that felt Jasiper was not a forever HEA. But I don’t know why, it was just this feeling I had.
This was an entertaining read, and the kiss cams were absolutely adorable and well thought-out and for the most part I loved Jasper and Juniper, I just needed a bit more convincing, personally, and I would have also (personally) made them 16 not 18. But I did enjoy it. It was fun, it was entertaining, it kept me hooked, and I would certainly read whatever Kiara London writes next. She’s got her finger on the pulse for sure, and it surprises me there aren’t more vlogger-focused novels out there, because LOOK AT HOW AWESOME IT IS AS A TOPIC. Honestly, writers, get on that, would you? And in the meantime read Kiss Cam because it is incredibly sweet.