KISSING MAX HOLDEN: Review and Giveaway!


I love me some sweet and swoony contemporary, so I am so thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Katy Upperman’s debut novel Kissing Max Holden! I had so much fun reading this book. Katy is definitely going to be an auto-buy author for me in the future!

About the Book


Title: Kissing Max Holden

Author: Katy Upperman

Pub. Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Pages: 304

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?


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Wine Pairing

I’ll paired Kissing Max Holden with this Kissing Tree Shiraz! This wine is every bit as swoon-worthy as this wonderful new contemporary novel. It is also a product of the long hot summers of Australia, so what better wine to pair with this summer read!

*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

My Review


If you like swoony reads and broody book boyfriends then Kissing Max Holden is definitely one summer read you are not going to want to miss!

I expected some pretty swoontastic kissing scenes in this book just from reading the title, and Katy Upperman more than delivered. There is a lot of kissing in this book, A LOT. And those scenes are just oh-so-sweet and absolutely adorable.

There is so much emotional depth in this story from the difficult family situations both Max and Jill find themselves in to the pitfalls of everyday teenage life and the massive pressure that comes with having to make those big life decisions that impact your entire future.

This book is the perfect balance of sweet and sentimental, and it is one seriously fun read that will be an instant hit with YA contemporary readers.

About the Author



Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies, or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. Kissing Max Holden is her debut novel.

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Enter the Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman


Follow the Blog Tour


Thanks so much to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!

underneath the covers >> Excerpt
Book briefs >> Review
YA and Wine >> Review
Tales of the Ravenous Reader >> Guest post

August 1st
Swoonworthybooks >> Review
My Fangirl Chronicles >> Review
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Guest post
Whoo Gives A Hoot >> Review

August 2nd
The Avid Reader >> Interview
Novels & Necklaces >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Review
Actin’ Up with Books >> Review
Padme’s Library >> Interview

August 3rd
Just Us Book Blog >> Excerpt
Dani Reviews Things >> Review
Freeing Fantasy >> Review
Wonder Struck >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review

August 4th
Girl Plus Books >> Review
The Readers Den >> Review
Ali’s Bookshelf >> Excerpt
CBY Book Club >> Review

Have you added Kissing Max Holden to your TBR yet? What is your favorite sweet and swoony summer read?

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16 thoughts on “KISSING MAX HOLDEN: Review and Giveaway!

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    You know, this isn’t really the typical book that I’d go for. I am not into broody boys as I find they often encourage emotionally damaging relationship (most often accidentally). Do you think this demonstrates a healthy relationship between our protagonists? It does sound cute…


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I think that very much depends on the story. In some cases, I definitely agree. I wouldn’t say it’s a utopic relationship by any means. But I don’t feel like it’s an emotionally damaging relationship. This book really centers on their relationship, so without any kind of conflict there wouldn’t be a story. However, I do think that the actions and reactions on both characters parts are well-fleshed out and natural products of turbulent home situations they’ve found themselves in.


  2. Danielle Hammelef says:

    This sounds exactly like my kind of book to read. I love the premise and swoony romance sounds fun to me. Plus, maybe I’ll get another perspective into the minds of teens.


  3. bookprincessreviews says:

    Swoon…tastic? I AM SOLD. For some odd reason, this book only grazed the surface of my radar, but now that it has the stamp of Krysti’s swoon approval, it’s going right up to the top. Wonderful review, Krysti! 🙂


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