The Book Worm: Review: Kissing Tolstoy

Friday, August 3, 2018

Review: Kissing Tolstoy

Book Review: Kissing Tolstoy, by Penny Reid, 5 stars


What do you do when you discover that your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian Lit professor?
You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course!

Genre: contemporary romance

Publication date: November 2017

Mature content: yes

Review: I loved Kissing Tolstoy. With that title, I couldn't not read it, and I can safely say I wasn't disappointed.

Kissing Tolstoy is different from most mainstream romance novels, and even different from the other books I've read by Penny Read. It's strange, full of introspection and deep discussions about Russian literature (which, in itself, is not an easy subject). But in this case, different is good, at least from my point of view.

Luca and Anna click on a level that goes well beyond their initial physical attraction. They match intellectually, a connection that you rarely see in contemporary books. They need to overcome a lot of obstacles to be together: the age difference, the fact that he's her professor, his need to be financially independent from his wealthy family, their different approaches to life. With all the underlying drama, they could almost be transposed to one of those Russian classical books they love to much.

I would have liked a bit more depth on their feelings at the beginning of their relationship and a some insight on how Luca finally settled the issue of his meddling family, but in any case Kissing Tolstoy was unputdownable (if that wasn't a word before, now it is) and I recommend it.

Happy readings,

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