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I Kissed Alice

By Anna Birch and Victoria Ying
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Publisher Description

"Rivals-to-lovers, mistaken identity, and slow, slow burn... A loving homage to fandom and queer girls."
—Victoria Lee, author of The Fever King

For fans of Leah on the Offbeat and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Anna Birch's 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.

Rhodes, a gifted artist, has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts (until she’s hit with a secret bout of creator’s block), while Iliana, a transfer student, 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 webcomic. 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

"The swoony queer romcom of my heart... Pitch-perfect."
—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times-bestselling author of Prince Charming and Her Royal Highness

12 Reviews

“2/5 ⭐ este libro podía haberme encantado, tenía todo lo necesario para hacerlo, y aún así ahora mismo me debato entre pensar que no me ha gustado o simplemente sentirme indiferente tengo muchos problemas con este libro, entre los que destacan: 1) no sé si realmente se puede clasificar como enemies-to-lovers cuando el 90% es enemies, además por razones que no se terminan de explicar o que yo no he sabido entender, y el 10% que es lovers pasa tan de repente que si pestañeas te lo pierdes 2) no es solo que los personajes me den igual, es que en algunos casos (iliana, te estoy mirando fijamente) me caen fatal 3) no siento que ninguno de los personajes estén bien definidos (más de una vez tenía que volver al principio del capítulo para saber de quién era el punto de vista) ni creo que hayan tenido ningún tipo de desarrollo a lo largo de la historia 4) aunque es cierto que es una lectura muy ágil, he tenido que forzarme a leerlo porque seguía teniendo la esperanza de que mejoraría. no lo ha hecho la verdad es que tenía muchísimas ganas de que este libro me gustara, estaba deseando disfrutarlo y poder recomendarlo, pero no ha sido el caso - • - tbr review: creo que es la primera vez que voy a leer un enemies-to-lovers sáfico y estoy que me estallo de la emoción”
“I’m going to be really honest here: though I think Iliana redeemed herself slightly at the end, she was very easy to hate throughout the book. ⁣ ⁣ Things I loved: The comic panels throughout the book, familiar places to me (Nashville, y’all), an LGBTQIA+ storyline, Alice in Wonderland fanfic, focus on mental health⁣ ⁣ Things I struggled with: There were times I felt that I couldn’t keep up with the plot—like it was jumping around/leaving things out. I hated Iliana for a good portion of the book, and Sarah didn’t leave much to be desired, either. Rhodes could be downright annoying. At the same time, people can’t be perfect right?⁣ ⁣ I couldn’t put it down by the end, and it earned major props for the Alice references (especially Tenniel illustrations) since I might be a little in love with Alice too. Overall, an enjoyable and quick read.⁣”
“Was sweet. And sad... And happy somehow.”
“Really pretty art, but this is a story about two shitty human beings, both unlikable, both selfish and both so fucking unaware of all of it. Ilyana is genuinely the most toxic friend I’ve had the displeasure to read about. All she does is compare and measure who has it worse as if it’s a contest. The character said it best herself, “if everyone else around me is always the asshole, then maybe I’m the problem.” I could’ve still given this maybe a 2 stars or a 2.5 stars if the romance was good, but this book was victim to bad marketing. When we start the book the two girls’ online personas have already been in a sort-of relationship for months. They’re sexting and are comfortable enough to casually say “I love you” and the reader is just completely cut out from experiencing any of that development. It felt like I missed half a chunk of their relationship because I did. Things only got romantic halfway into the book, and there was a surprise villain thrown into the plot 3/4ths into finishing the story. Everything, plot-wise, about this book was messy and haphazardly strung together. And the romance was lacking and the characters are irredeemable in my eyes. So really, not a good thing that I can say I liker in this book. Oh, the art. The art was nice.”
“http://bookandbroadway.blogspot.com | http://twitter.com/bookedj | http://instagram.com/jessicabeckett | https://www.tiktok.com/@bookedj | You can find my review http://bookandbroadway.blogspot.com/2020/05/another-swoon-worthy-hilarious-sapphic.html As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Came for the romantic comedy; stayed for the swoon-worthy story and illustrations. Dang! I Kissed Alice was so much fun, I'm feeling like I might be smiling from it for the rest of the year. It goes without saying that I positively adored this book and the tropes and relationships at the center of it. Give me all the romantic comedies that showcase a competitive, enemies to lovers relationship. No, seriously. I'm making grabby hands here and if I had any shame I'd, well, feel shame. But I don't. So, here we are. This is what this story has reduced me to: I want more, more, more and I'm making weird hand gestures at my laptop. It's nearly midnight, Jessica, go to bed. I Kissed Alice is a breath of fresh air amongst the angsty books of late and honestly I'm here for it. I mean, all coming of age stories have a bit of angst and I Kissed Alice isn't all that different in that regard, but this book takes it and runs with it in a way that is entertaining and humorous. I genuinely loved so much about this book--the setting, the characters, the sprinkles of art school and so much more. (Not spoiling it is so freaking hard. Quick, someone read this and gush about it with me!) That being said, the comparisons to Fangirl aren't all that far off and in so many ways, I definitely think fans of that modern day classic will appreciate the vibes that I Kissed Alice possess. It runs with the same energy and humor. Ultimately, of course, I Kissed Alice is entirely its own delightful story. It is beautifully written, smartly woven, and utterly swoon-worthy.”

About Anna Birch

Anna Birch was born 'n' raised in a rural area on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. She traded thick forests and dirt roads for the heart of the city, where she lives now with her husband, three children, and dog. She loves knitting, brie, and hanging out with her family. I Kissed Alice is her debut novel.

Victoria Ying is an author and artist living in Los Angeles. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, which eventually turned into a career working in animation and graphic novels. Her film credits include Frozen, Moana, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Paperman. She is the illustrator of the DC Comics graphic novel Diana: Princess of the Amazons and the author and illustrator of her original graphic novel City of Secrets.

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