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For fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Fangirl, I Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between. Rhodes and Iliana couldn't be more different, but that's not why they hate each other. Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator's block, while transfer stu For fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Fangirl, I Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between. Rhodes and Iliana couldn't be more different, but that's not why they hate each other. Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator's block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce. They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other...a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other's future? An Imprint Book


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For fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Fangirl, I Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between. Rhodes and Iliana couldn't be more different, but that's not why they hate each other. Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator's block, while transfer stu For fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Fangirl, I Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between. Rhodes and Iliana couldn't be more different, but that's not why they hate each other. Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator's block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce. They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other...a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other's future? An Imprint Book

30 review for I Kissed Alice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    DNF @ pg. 101 I wanted so badly to love this, it sounded amazing! But enemies to lovers isn’t my favourite and this was sooo focused on the enemies part, and I didn’t care for the writing. I was pretty confused especially because I couldn’t tell the characters apart and it’s dual perspective. I wanted to push through but just found my attention wandering because I wasn’t connected to the characters. They weren’t really developed beyond just disliking each other.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Unfortunately, I really didn't like this book very much. Based on the cover and the blurb, I went into this one expecting a light and fun enemies-to-lovers sapphic romance, and this just.. was not that book. It is definitely sapphic, but nothing about this book was fun. With all that being said, even if I had known going into it that this was a much heavier book than I was expecting, I still don't think I would have liked it all that much. I really didn't like either of the main characters and I Unfortunately, I really didn't like this book very much. Based on the cover and the blurb, I went into this one expecting a light and fun enemies-to-lovers sapphic romance, and this just.. was not that book. It is definitely sapphic, but nothing about this book was fun. With all that being said, even if I had known going into it that this was a much heavier book than I was expecting, I still don't think I would have liked it all that much. I really didn't like either of the main characters and I was honestly pretty frustrated by how each of them not only treated each other, but also every other person around them. This just very much did not work for me. TW: depression

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elle (ellexamines)

    Two girls at a southern school for the arts find themselves in a bitter rivalry over the final spot in the scholarship program, even as they anonymously fall in love on a fanfic site. this is such a POWERFUL and satisfying blurb i'm screaming reading it

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    Finally a story takes place where I'm familiar with: Atlanta and Alabama. Funny about the Atlanta traffic because I feel what Rhodes felt driving and merging onto the busy crowded highway, a nervous wreck! It's interesting getting to know about art competition and art school in this book. I enjoyed the humor, especially how Rhodes and her younger brother caught each other checking out the same girl. I love the illustrations and the cover. The way Iliana was described in this story is fascinating Finally a story takes place where I'm familiar with: Atlanta and Alabama. Funny about the Atlanta traffic because I feel what Rhodes felt driving and merging onto the busy crowded highway, a nervous wreck! It's interesting getting to know about art competition and art school in this book. I enjoyed the humor, especially how Rhodes and her younger brother caught each other checking out the same girl. I love the illustrations and the cover. The way Iliana was described in this story is fascinating like when she's angry, her hair shakes and her body shakes. You don't want to know where Iliana sweats when she's about to give a presentation! lol 
This book is told in the first person point of view following Iliana, 18. She's feeling hate for Rhodes, her best friend Sarah's dorm mate who is also Sarah's best friend. Rhodes' side of the room has stuffs from Pottery Barn whereas her friend Sarah own things from thrift stores and DIY's. Iliana has a fan fiction account where she goes to work on her Alice in Wonderland comic, queer style. The alternating view is Rhodes, 18. Rhodes also loves Alice in Wonderland and joined an online community to spread the love of it. Neither Iliana nor Rhodes knew of each other's online activities. Rhodes used to win art prizes until she froze up. Now her grades are slipping and so is her creativity. She is expected to overcome her fear. There are comics within the story of Iliana's fan fiction. The story is timeline by counting down to an art award that Rhodes, Sarah, and Iliana wants to win. This story is divided into three parts. 
I Kissed Alice is well written and a fast paced read. I like the online love and I'm not sure what I was expecting for their first meeting, but that wasn't it. Though, it's the best decision the author made because Iliana sure need to think it all over. I like how innocent the romance is. I like the humor between Rhodes' brother and Iliana. My family is like Iliana's family when comes to disagreements. I can't do silent treatment because I have to say something lol. One thing I don't like is if wanting the love, why wait until being face-to-face cornered to do something about it? Other than that, I do recommend everyone to read this book! xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    “She says she sees this version of Alice in me and reminds me almost daily that being brave simply means doing the hard thing—even if you’re terrified.” I Kissed Alice is a YA Contemporary that I think will be incredibly divisive but that I loved so very much for its flawed and unlikeable characters and portrayal of the complexity of friendship. I'm not gonna lie, this is one of those reviews that I'm almost dreading to write a little bit. I just think this book is going to have a lot “She says she sees this version of Alice in me and reminds me almost daily that being brave simply means doing the hard thing—even if you’re terrified.” I Kissed Alice is a YA Contemporary that I think will be incredibly divisive but that I loved so very much for its flawed and unlikeable characters and portrayal of the complexity of friendship. I'm not gonna lie, this is one of those reviews that I'm almost dreading to write a little bit. I just think this book is going to have a lot of mixed reactions and will definitely not be for everyone but I personally loved every bit of it and I found myself relating to a lot of the inner monologue. I think this book offers a very realistic look at friendships and honestly it's one of those books that I wish I would've had as a teen for many, many reasons. Don't be misled by the cover or the synopsis the publisher has provided. This book is not a fluffy sapphic rom-com whatsoever. This book is hard-hitting and emotional, filled with incredibly flawed, downright unlikeable characters. It's honestly a book that turns most other YA Contemporaries completely on its head, where we get a cute falling in love story all throughout the book and then just a little bit of a fall towards the end, so we feel like the happily every after is especially rewarding. But this book is just one big fall. It starts out kinda messy and then it just gets messier as we go. Our two main characters, Iliana and Rhodes, constantly fight with each other. This is not just some cute teasing, where you can see that they actually have feelings for each other. These characters are very mean to each other and the reason why they are is not only because they are competitors for a scholarship but because they have the same best friend, Sarah, and constantly fight for her attention or being "the better friend". There are lots of things as to why the characters treat each other the way that they do but the synopsis is definitely quite misleading by just making it about the competition. “My conversation with Mom a few nights ago hangs over my head, an entire childhood of Sarah standing too close to the blast zone while I pack dynamite into the crevices of each wall that has stood in the way of getting what I want. She has always been in the position to lose something where I’ve stood to gain.” Really, the biggest theme of this book is jealousy, in all its ugly forms, and how messy and confusing friendships and feelings can be. There is not only the element of Iliana and Rhodes not treating each other well. In their constant competition with each other, they also often make Sarah a tool to prove who is the better person or friend, more than ACTUALLY being a good friend. But Sarah is not any better. She, too, takes advantage of her friendship with the two, sometimes acting especially close with one of them to make the other jealous. You get what I mean when I say this is all very MESSY?! But I would refrain from criticizing this book for portraying "girl hate", as the motives for these behaviours become very clear throughout the book and it is much more complex than just that. I think this is exactly where this book stands out when it comes to the way the friendships are portrayed. There is depth to the dislike between these characters, which is something a lot of other YA books cannot offer because their focus simply lies somewhere else. “No, I want to scream back to myself. Cheshire is the realest thing I have right now. Cheshire is real. What we have is real. And yet. The whispering continues. Anxiety doesn’t care about the laws of the universe. All it takes is one singular seed of fear and all bets are off.” Honestly this book is really the hate to love trope in its truest form and maybe the only reason it works (although it still won't work for many people) is that Iliana and Rhodes have an anonymous online relationship. They never really define what they are but it is clear from a lot of their texts but especially their thoughts that they both are not only in love with each other but want to be with each other too. You have to judge and see for yourself if you find this aspect realistic, especially considering that it is anonymous, and we obviously see how much they despise each other in real life, but I was feeling pretty soft about this aspect of the story. I also loved the webcomic that the two write together. It is a fanfiction of Alice in Wonderland and it mirrors the relationship between the two perfectly and beautifully. Sadly we only get to see a little part of it and I honestly wish we had gotten more, especially as it includes beautiful illustrations by Victoria Ying! “All I want is to curl up next to Cheshire and listen to all of her theorizing face-to-face, find some kind of a keyhole I could squeeze through into another life and another world where anonymity and distance doesn’t separate us. Sometimes I’m afraid that all she sees of me is a computer screen—to me she’s real, and she’s perfect. She’s all I’ve ever wanted.” In the book we read from both Iliana's and Rhodes's perspective and I will say that I found their voices kinda hard to distinguish, to the point where there was one chapter in which I thought I was reading from the other POV. That's definitely the biggest flaw with the writing for me personally. Iliana and Rhodes are two very different characters and that's easy to tell from the story in general but their voices read very similarly and the tone of this book stayed the same all throughout, which was a little bit of a bummer but obviously didn't really influence my overall love for the book. Both the main characters are obviously queer. Iliana identifies as bisexual and is also fat. Rhodes does not use any label. Sarah is also queer but uses no label. We also have Rhodes dealing with both depression and anxiety and going to therapy. I feel like there are little YA books that actually feature characters going to therapy within the book and us experiencing the sessions along with them and I immensely appreciated the inclusion of this aspect, although I can't quite make up my mind on if I found the therapy sessions well done. “I’ve been stretched about as far as I can go, and the only thing left is for me to snap.” This book also puts an emphasis on falling out of love with your passion, which is a topic that I always appreciate deeply. Rhodes has trouble drawing for school and for the scholarship competition and the drawing for the webcomic and working together on it with Cheshire (Iliana's online persona) is the only thing that still brings Rhodes joy. But this novel also shines a light on privilege. It is a message that is subtly woven into the pages of this book but it is there. It shows how certain privileges do not only give you advantages in life but also that growing up with these privileges will give you a different perspective on a lot of things. “According to Sarah, Iliana left Victory Hills High School like she leaves everything else: scorched earth, dousing every bridge with gasoline and dropping matches on her way out. Sarah told me once that she doesn’t know which came first: Iliana hating, or being hated.” Especially in Rhodes's chapters we also have some very interesting family dynamics. Rhodes has a really lovely relationship with her brother, Griffin, that I loved reading about. Maybe Griffin is actually the most likeable character in this entire book but it was especially wonderful to see their relationship and the way they unconditionally love each other, which felt especially comforting when everything else in this book feels so conditional, unsure and complicated. Rhodes's mother also plays a big part in this novel and is a good example for how a perfect looking, wealthy family, doesn't necessarily have to be all that. Rhodes's mum has a drinking problem and definitely acts questionable in a lot of ways. On the other hand, Iliana's mum positively stands out in this book, even though we don't get to see that much of her. I loved seeing the very different relationships both of these girls have with their mothers. “I gave her what she needed—space—and I turned my heart toward the very specific pain of getting used to the idea of what life will look like now without the person who filled it with color.” As for the ending and if I ended up finding all of it believable? I honestly don't know. But I'm still just head over heels in love with this story and the brutally honest way in which these characters were portrayed. I think that this book is, if anything, brave. It depicts all the aspects in such a real way and it just doesn't hold back in order to bring comfort to the reader and I liked that so much. I think what eventually fully won me over, to the point where I could wholeheartedly give this 5 stars, is that at the end of this novel the characters have all gone through a lot of character development but they are still far from being perfect people. They recognize their mistakes and fucked up behaviour, they cut ties with some people and don't just act like none of the things that have been said or done have never happened. I think the ending of this novel has a good balance between being hopeful, while still being realistic and that is something I very much appreciate. “She walks past Sarah and me without another word, a girl who struck a match and doesn’t wait around to watch the entire world catch fire.” Overall, I honestly have no idea if I would recommend this book. It is a study in flawed characters and I know it won't be an enjoyable reading experience for everyone. But for me personally, reading this book was a rewarding experience that emotionally captivated me on every page. I definitely recommend giving this a chance but don't say I didn't warn you if you don't like it. Trigger and content warnings for depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse (off-page, side character), cheating (off-page, side character). Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    tappkalina

    3 March 2020 If you want to know why the cover has changed, you can find the answer here. 9 November 2019 THE COVER! 😍 All of next year's LGBT releases have so gorgeous covers! "...despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities are starting to like each other...a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other's future?" Just sayin', this is my second (maybe first) most anticipated book from now on. 3 March 2020 If you want to know why the cover has changed, you can find the answer here. 9 November 2019 THE COVER! 😍 All of next year's LGBT releases have so gorgeous covers! "...despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities are starting to like each other...a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other's future?" Just sayin', this is my second (maybe first) most anticipated book from now on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    DNF around 60 pages. Unfortunately, I think the cover and description kind of misrepresent what this book is. Not to say there isn't an audience for it, but I am not it. The description suggests that this is a rivals-to-lovers rom-com where the girls are rivals at an art school over their art but meet anonymously online on a fanfic site. Which sounds very cute. Except that actually they are NOT rivals over their art. They're rivals over their friendship with a third girl and it is a very toxic an DNF around 60 pages. Unfortunately, I think the cover and description kind of misrepresent what this book is. Not to say there isn't an audience for it, but I am not it. The description suggests that this is a rivals-to-lovers rom-com where the girls are rivals at an art school over their art but meet anonymously online on a fanfic site. Which sounds very cute. Except that actually they are NOT rivals over their art. They're rivals over their friendship with a third girl and it is a very toxic and enmeshed relationship. This is not light or fluffy or funny. It's pretty intense actually. And while I'm sure there are people who will still be into it, whoever did the marketing seriously misrepresented what it is. Sadly this is just not for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    2020 book covers need to sit down. My eyes can't take this much beauty.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    rivals to lovers is SUCH a satisfying trope . . . and make it sapphic? exquisite *chefs kiss*

  11. 5 out of 5

    C. S.

    You know, before this book, I actually thought I had read enemies-to-lovers before. Now, after having read it, I realize that what I thought was enemies-to-lovers was merely two people who have the most vague irritation fueled by UST towards each other to lovers. This book was exquisitely written, and if I were a different person on a different day, this would hands down be a five star read. But I do find that I prefer less enemies and more lovers, and that the angst factor was higher by several You know, before this book, I actually thought I had read enemies-to-lovers before. Now, after having read it, I realize that what I thought was enemies-to-lovers was merely two people who have the most vague irritation fueled by UST towards each other to lovers. This book was exquisitely written, and if I were a different person on a different day, this would hands down be a five star read. But I do find that I prefer less enemies and more lovers, and that the angst factor was higher by several degrees than I like. Having said that, I can't think of a single other YA (or even adult novel to be honest),where the girl characters were allowed to be as simultaneously ragged, raw-edged, vital, whole, hopeful, fully realized, sympathetic, and likeable. Other positives were casual and positive LGBTQIA and fat rep, positive portrayals of therapy and mental health awareness, and a laserlike focus on inter-feminine relationships, both romantic and platonic. I'm going to be thinking about this one for a long time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara ❀

    do i smell some w/w enemies to lovers trope??

  13. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    Rep: bi mc, lesbian mc with depression and anxiety (3.5) may come back and round up but rounding down for now (view spoiler)[the problem is iliana reads as irrationally angry at rhodes and blaming her for something she is only assumed to have done because iliana seemed predisposed to hate her. it doesn't help that you get rhodes' pov too so you know that she's literally nothing like iliana thinks (although sometimes it almost feels like rhodes pov!rhodes and iliana pov!rhodes are separate people, a Rep: bi mc, lesbian mc with depression and anxiety (3.5) may come back and round up but rounding down for now (view spoiler)[the problem is iliana reads as irrationally angry at rhodes and blaming her for something she is only assumed to have done because iliana seemed predisposed to hate her. it doesn't help that you get rhodes' pov too so you know that she's literally nothing like iliana thinks (although sometimes it almost feels like rhodes pov!rhodes and iliana pov!rhodes are separate people, and similarly with iliana). not to mention iliana trying to force sarah to choose between her and rhodes and claiming it hurts her when she refuses. although sarah herself is a pretty damn toxic friend (iliana is not innocent in it though)... she and iliana never really apologise properly to one another when they hurt each other it's all i need you to pretend it never happened and yeah, it gets recognised eventually, but that doesn't make reading it less tiring it's like iliana: rhodes treats sarah like shit! iliana: [proceeds to treat sarah like shit] (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elin Adler

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ to have given me a free arc for an honest review I dont know who to blame this Review on: the author or the marketing person. I dont really have a problem with the book itself BUT the summary dont add up to the book in my opinion. In the summary we read that we have a rom-com with 2 Girls who are enemies due to their art but they meet anamously online and bound over some fanart. And from enemies they become lovers. But to me the book isnt about to Girls having some sort of Thank you to Edelweiss+ to have given me a free arc for an honest review I dont know who to blame this Review on: the author or the marketing person. I dont really have a problem with the book itself BUT the summary dont add up to the book in my opinion. In the summary we read that we have a rom-com with 2 Girls who are enemies due to their art but they meet anamously online and bound over some fanart. And from enemies they become lovers. But to me the book isnt about to Girls having some sort of rivaly over their art at all. They have a third friend whom they fight over. And its not a very cute way or a silly rivaly but a full on toxic one. I got intrested in this because of the art rivaly thing. I been seeing alot of art drama lately on social media. People accusing others of copying, tracing and stealing art. Art is a sensetive topic, who created it and did you give credit to the right people. I would have love to see this play out in an art school. I myself had two friends in high school who i today understand had a smaller rival thing going on because of me. I msyelf didnt notice this at all. But we were Young and they didnt want to lose me to the other. In this book though we have a petty and toxic relationship. The third party girl know they dont like eachother and its not just disslie but its pure hate. I never really understood where this extreme hate came from to be fair. More than one been childhood friends and one just added on to the Group. is it the same situation as with my two good friends, them wanting her for themselves and are afraid of losing their one true friend? But then again….do you truly hate someone that much over that? I get being annoyed etc. But this is full on toxic and they try their best to involve the third girl in wanting to choose a side and not invite the other one. Another thing that did annoy me was the fact that I couldnt tell if they were truly gay or bisexual or straight. I felt like they Went back and forth alot. When it suits me im this. I dont know who been watching 90 Days fiance and the first ever gay couple Erika och Stephanie. Just like their relationship felt odd and not truly “gay” it didnt in this book either. I wanted more true feelings and less petty and toxic teen drama. The summary also said they was suppost to be completly different but I couldnt tell the difference between them. The book is told through their boths perspective and i must say i sometimes though i read about the other. I wanted them to be more than their hate for eachother. Many people seem to be annoyed over the fanart and fandom part of this book. I myself dont mind it. I mean come on, cant we all agree on being stupid when we love something and we do super emberessing fanart or other fan content that we might regret later. Yes, the Alice in wonderland is overused but can we choose our love for something? The story itself is really good, the Writing isnt bad and i did enjoy it for the most parts. But if i didnt read the summary of the book I would have enjoyed it better and because of that my rating is low. With this I dont want to make anyone feel scared of trying t out. Do you enjoy freniemies-to-lovers plot with fanart and other nerdy things sprincled on top of that this is for sure the book for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    R

    This was a drama filled story about high school students competing for the prestigious Capstone Foundation Award which came with many perks. The story was told from the alternating perspectives of Lliana and Rhodes. They were both seniors at the Alabama Conservatory of the Arts along with Sarah, Lliana’s best friend since third grade, who was also Rhodes’ roommate. Initially, Rhodes and Lliana were civil to each other. However, after a campus incident that got Lliana arrested, civility was repla This was a drama filled story about high school students competing for the prestigious Capstone Foundation Award which came with many perks. The story was told from the alternating perspectives of Lliana and Rhodes. They were both seniors at the Alabama Conservatory of the Arts along with Sarah, Lliana’s best friend since third grade, who was also Rhodes’ roommate. Initially, Rhodes and Lliana were civil to each other. However, after a campus incident that got Lliana arrested, civility was replaced by outright meanness. A week prior to this incident, Lliana was awarded the Savannah College of Art and Design scholarship which she desperately needed to pay for her college. Now the scholarship was rescinded. Even though Rhodes parents paid for her legal services, from that point on she hated Rhodes, and Rhodes reacted to that hate in kind. But unbeknownst to each other, and using their online names- Alice and Cheshire- they became friends through a fan fiction story they created and illustrated. They also became each other’s best friend…sharing life’s experiences, the good and bad. Alice and Cheshire fell in love while Rhodes and Lliana continued with their hateful ways toward each other. The characters in this book were interesting. Even though they were friends, they were always hurting each other. Rhodes seemed to be the spoiled rich girl with the attitude to match. Her parent had no qualms at all in handing out money to fix Rhodes’ academic problems. Sarah was the whiny and always crying mediator between Rhodes and Lliana, but she had her own mean streak. Lliana was a hard worker but constantly demanded Sarah take sides against her own personal war with Rhodes, without taking Sarah’s feelings into consideration. This part described in depth the girls’ feeling and animosity toward each other. About the halfway point, there was a turning point which led Rhodes and Liliana to reevaluate not only their academic direction but personal one as well. It was at this point that some of the characters, thankfully, exhibited redeeming qualities. This was also the point where the paced improved and took on a more emotional tone as Alice and Cheshire were unmasked. I was expecting as much depth to this second part as the first, but it wasn’t there. I did like the fanfic story Alice and Cheshire created, as well as the internet interaction between Alice and Cheshire. It was a nice diversion from all the negativity that was going on in the first part. Overall, the story was well written. I think young adults will enjoy all the high school dramatics that took place as well as the various faces of friendship. 3.5 stars ARC given for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Hartl

    I was so lucky to read an early copy of this book, and it is stunning. Anna’s writing is so gorgeous and fluid and draws you in completely. The rivalry between the girls is so well-done, you can see exactly where their animosity comes from without making either one the villain, and the whole time you’ll be rooting for them to get together and figure it out. I read this a while ago, and it still stuck with me. I can’t wait to read the updated version, I’m sure it’s only gotten more lovely.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Toya

    I think the biggest downfall for this book is the marketing. It’s touted as an enemies to lovers romantic comedy. That is 100% false. Yeah, it’s enemies to lovers all right, but nothing in this book is funny. These girls are ruthless to one another to the point that their toxicity destroys each other and themselves.

  19. 4 out of 5

    iam

    Sapphic YA romance about two messy art students who hate each other in real life while they are in love online creating a fancomic together. Read the full review on the blog! Content warnings include: bullying, loss of scholarship, corruption, nepotism, abusive parents, class difference, destruction of art property; mentions of teens consuming drugs. I loved the setup for this book. I adore enemies-to-lovers trope, and Rhodes and Iliana truly do hate each other, even though they share the same Sapphic YA romance about two messy art students who hate each other in real life while they are in love online creating a fancomic together. Read the full review on the blog! Content warnings include: bullying, loss of scholarship, corruption, nepotism, abusive parents, class difference, destruction of art property; mentions of teens consuming drugs. I loved the setup for this book. I adore enemies-to-lovers trope, and Rhodes and Iliana truly do hate each other, even though they share the same best friend, Sarah. As I said before, the book is messy. I loved that because I do think it's important to show more mean, headstrong girls who make mistakes and hurt others in YA and fiction in general. However, that also made the overall mood sort of dire. Pretty much throughout the entire book, Iliana and Rhodes hurt each other and others, and a lot of time is spent fighting or resenting someone. Added to that Rhodes has depression, artblock and abusive parents, while Iliana desperately needs another scholarship in order to go to college since her previous one was taken away, and wants to prove she's earned her spot. I think both Rhodes' and especially Iliana's stories are important. The themes of the book are picked and delivered well. However the execution of it all and the way the character development worked, and the way a lot of things ended up and weren't adressed in the end wasn't my favourite. I would have liked more closure for Sarah and Griffin. While the pacing worked overall, again, I personally would have liked to see some things slower and others more quickly. Ultimately this has a great setup, and I loved that it shows teenage girls being messy and far from perfect, making mistakes and falling in love. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Okay, but this is already one of my favourite f/f romances ever. Halfway through this book, I preordered a physical edition, because I was just loving it that much. This book is about two girls who share a best friend but HATE each other, but they're also best online friends (who are crushing on each other) who work on a webcomic/fanfic of Alice in Wonderland together, and they don't know each other's real identities. And the writing??? Is amazing?????? Honestly, this was so well written, and I a Okay, but this is already one of my favourite f/f romances ever. Halfway through this book, I preordered a physical edition, because I was just loving it that much. This book is about two girls who share a best friend but HATE each other, but they're also best online friends (who are crushing on each other) who work on a webcomic/fanfic of Alice in Wonderland together, and they don't know each other's real identities. And the writing??? Is amazing?????? Honestly, this was so well written, and I actually loved how messy the relationships between these girls were. Because that's really just how a lot of teenage friendships work. To clarify, because you might not know this about me: I'm a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan (as in, I own around 40 different copies), and this book is speaking to my autistic "gets obsessed with certain fandoms" soul. In that sense, it reminded me of a sapphic version of Fangirl or Eliza and Her Monsters. And we all know sapphic means superior.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    [I received a digital arc from netgalley for an honest review] I wanted to like this book. Enemies to lovers romantic comedy and an Alice in Wonderland theme made me so excited. Let's start with this is not a romantic comedy. I laughed zero times and nothing about any of this made me want to chuckle. Essentially this story is about two girls, Rhodes and Iliana, who have the same best friend, Sarah and who hate each other to an extreme. They are in competition for an art scholarship and in competi [I received a digital arc from netgalley for an honest review] I wanted to like this book. Enemies to lovers romantic comedy and an Alice in Wonderland theme made me so excited. Let's start with this is not a romantic comedy. I laughed zero times and nothing about any of this made me want to chuckle. Essentially this story is about two girls, Rhodes and Iliana, who have the same best friend, Sarah and who hate each other to an extreme. They are in competition for an art scholarship and in competition over their friends Sarah. Yet online they are more than best friends under their online identities and have created an Alice retelling comic. When one of them discovers their true identities things change and everything spirals out of control. This book is depressing. Both girls are going through their own issues and mentally not handling things well. The females in this book, including our main leads, are not nice people. The relationships are toxic, especially Rhodes relationship with her mother. The bright side in it all is that they both reflect on their actions and see the error of their ways. Iliana goes through a major character growth for the better. Sadly all the Alice in Wonderland references couldn't make up for the fact that this book was not what it expected it to be. I Kissed Alice needs to step away from the romantic comedy tag line and live as a YA LGBT contemporary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    rin ( ̄ヘ ̄) read/watch mo dao zu shi

    "Two girls at a southern school for the arts find themselves in a bitter rivalry over the final spot in the scholarship program, even as they anonymously fall in love on a fanfic site" is this the real life

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sierra Elmore

    This book is AMAZING! I read a super early copy, so, will review closer to pub!

  24. 4 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    DNF at 21% Just not feeling it. I think this is more me and my general mood and not really jonesing with YA angst than this book. Probably won't pick it up again, but I am very happy that it exists in this world. We need more f/f YA. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Color me surprised, but not in a good way. I am surprised that the fanfiction elements weren't what brought this down for me. This book is a poster child the type of girl on girl hate I don't like to see in books. Additionally, the two voices by the characters were not distinct enough for me. Overall, not as fun as it was pitched to be. I received an ecopy of this through Netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[mentions of smoking pot, drinking, mention of adultery. (hide spoiler)] Diversity: bisexual MC, f/f relationship. Real rating: 3,5 stars. I'm a little on the fence about that one. I really liked Rhodes' POV, her struggles as an artist and the exploration of family expectations vs. what she really wants, but had a harder time with Iliana's POV and it took me a little longer to grow fond of her. I also expected the romance to take a little more space, but it fell on t Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[mentions of smoking pot, drinking, mention of adultery. (hide spoiler)] Diversity: bisexual MC, f/f relationship. Real rating: 3,5 stars. I'm a little on the fence about that one. I really liked Rhodes' POV, her struggles as an artist and the exploration of family expectations vs. what she really wants, but had a harder time with Iliana's POV and it took me a little longer to grow fond of her. I also expected the romance to take a little more space, but it fell on the sidelines compared to the characters and their own journey. That being said, there was a lot to like in I Kissed Alice, from the art to the virtual romance and glimpses of Alice in Wonderland inspired comic, as well as a complex friendship at its heart. Full review coming soon! Thank you to Macmillan for the e-ARC. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    more like a 2.5? The second half of this was just trying too hard.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (YA Book Shelf)

    Have you ever read an enemies to lovers romance in which you’re not really sure whether the characters hate each other or are completely obsessed with one another? Before I Kissed Alice, which felt like this from page 1, I think the only other book I’d read that easily fits into this characterization would be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I Kissed Alice, however, isn’t anything like Thorne’s novel...other than the comparison I already made. It’s a book rife with fan fiction writing and refere Have you ever read an enemies to lovers romance in which you’re not really sure whether the characters hate each other or are completely obsessed with one another? Before I Kissed Alice, which felt like this from page 1, I think the only other book I’d read that easily fits into this characterization would be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I Kissed Alice, however, isn’t anything like Thorne’s novel...other than the comparison I already made. It’s a book rife with fan fiction writing and references to geek culture, and an extreme focus on art, Alice in Wonderland, and female relationships of all sorts—platonic and romantic. Granted some of the female friendships are on the toxic side, and Anna Birch doesn’t shy away from this issue because she doesn’t shy away from depicting the flaws of her characters. Of which there are many, but personally, I just thought this made them all the more real than would usually be the case. Birch also gives each of the characters room to set the record straight and apologize for all the things they’ve done, whether or not the characters choose to make an apology or those who were wronged choose to accept the apology is any body’s guess. I do, however, understand the decisions that the characters made, and was able to get past those that were a little less than honourable because of this understanding. I was first drawn to this book by the cute illustrated cover and then by the promise of LGBTQIA+ characters, and Anna Birch didn’t let me down on either of these accounts. Beyond the cover, there are moments in which we get to read the new instalments of the web comic Rhodes and Iliana are unknowingly collaborating on on Slash/Spot, an online community for fan fiction with an LGBTQIA+ focus. Their collab is what would happen if Alice in Wonderland was set in space and the MC was in love with the Red Queen. Keep in mind that there aren’t as many new entries into the web comic as I thought there might be, and in fact, there are about 49 instalments that are alluded to, but never presented to readers, so if you’re here specifically for that, you might be disappointed. That said, the author does give both Rhodes and Iliana enough Lewis Carroll knowledge to make their secret fascination with this world believable. Beyond the romance and friendships, this book does a great job of exploring what it means for artists to both struggle with and grow in their craft. It details the competitive nature that a school like the prestigious conservatory that Iliana, Rhodes, Sarah, Kiersten, and Griffin all attend, and how even small set backs can dampen the progress one can have, or may even cause artists, dancers, etc to regress to a state where they regularly make mistakes from several years before. It also gives readers an insight into how artists see themselves against their strongest competitor, for better or worse, as well as how opportunities are easier to get for those who can afford them or who have their parents’ money to fall back on, whether they know it or not. Moreover, I loved the integration of DMs from Slash/Spot, comments on Alice and Cheshire’s comic, the text messages, and updates on how long it has been since they’ve either logged into Slash/Spot or until the deadlines for the award competition. In particular, there is a popcorn emoji reference that had me recognizing how perfectly well Birch understands the medium she’s using to convey her story. Not everyone does. If I had to detail any cons, then it would be the disappointment I had in a couple references. While there were a lot of geek culture references, some of which I knew and some of which I didn’t, I was totally on board with most of them. I was, however, greatly disappointed in the few Harry Potter references that made it onto the page since I read it after J.K. Rowling decided to double and triple down on the transphobic content. Especially since it’s common for transgender people to experience transphobia within the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole. Keep in mind that there are only a couple references in the whole book, but I would be remiss to ignore them here because of the harm that I know JKR has caused many people. While I wish there were more people of colour among the main characters, so there would be more intersectionality, I definitely felt that this book does have some clear indications that several of the secondary characters aren’t white. What do you think? Does I Kissed Alice sound intriguing?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars Curious-in-Cheshire and I-Kissed-Alice were best friends and maybe more online, but their real life alter egos were mortal enemies. Will either woman be able to see past their history, and give this relationship a chance? I first need to say, that this was not what I expected. I read the word "rom-com", and I thought I would be reading something on the fun side of things. I kept waiting for those moments, but they never really materialized. That doesn't mean the story was bad, p Rating: 3.5 Stars Curious-in-Cheshire and I-Kissed-Alice were best friends and maybe more online, but their real life alter egos were mortal enemies. Will either woman be able to see past their history, and give this relationship a chance? I first need to say, that this was not what I expected. I read the word "rom-com", and I thought I would be reading something on the fun side of things. I kept waiting for those moments, but they never really materialized. That doesn't mean the story was bad, per se, it just wasn't what I was expecting. This was an enemies-to-lovers story, where that enemies part was front and center. There was an "incident", which had a terrible outcome for all involved. Iliana lost something tangible, while Rhodes lost a part of herself. Regardless of who thought they lost more, it became the beginning of a war between the two. Their interactions were always intense, fiery, and full of angst. Yet, online, a friendship was growing. There was collaboration on a Alice in Wonderland fanfic, and even some flirting. They even planned to meet in person, and that is where things got really interesting for me. I don't want to speak about the actual in real life events, but I found some of the precipitating ideas quite interesting. Iliana and Rhodes had some history. This history caused them to view each other through filters and let certain pre-conceived ideas inform their feelings about each other. Meeting anonymously online was like meeting each other in their most pure form, and I absolutely adored the exploration of this. My issue with this book was what sometimes happens, when I read enemies-to-lovers stories. What can I say, I like to spend more time in the lovers part of the story, and this one definitely spent more time in the enemies side. Though, I enjoyed seeing both women experience their personal growth separately, I was really glad, when they finally got together. I liked them together very much, and I wish I got to see more of that side of their relationship. Though this was a little light on the romance, I still enjoyed the ideas explored in this novel, and appreciated both women's journey of self discovery. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  30. 4 out of 5

    jem carstairs ☆

    2.5-3/5 ⭐ my emotions are...mixed. the characters in this book are totally narcissistic, mean, and unlikeable - but also impossible not to root for and relate to on some level. i’d almost say “i kissed alice” read more like an outline than a novel. patches of info and buildup are “missing” or lacking, and the whole book up until some of the very last scenes are loaded with an addicting tension that just dissipates all of a sudden. all that said, i had a fun time reading it and was pretty invested 2.5-3/5 ⭐ my emotions are...mixed. the characters in this book are totally narcissistic, mean, and unlikeable - but also impossible not to root for and relate to on some level. i’d almost say “i kissed alice” read more like an outline than a novel. patches of info and buildup are “missing” or lacking, and the whole book up until some of the very last scenes are loaded with an addicting tension that just dissipates all of a sudden. all that said, i had a fun time reading it and was pretty invested in how shit would hit the fan. not one i’d specifically recommend, but if you’re planning to pick it up already please don’t let this review dissuade you. it’s definitely worth giving it a try, and a lot of what didn’t work for me was just personal taste. honestly the concept alone was worth reading for!

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