That’s an interesting question although I’m going to spin it a bit. What makes a good first kiss? To me, a perfect first kiss is imperfect. It’s full of so many conflicting emotions: excitement, nervousness, hope, fear of rejection, desire, apprehension of making a mistake, anticipation, dread it won’t be what you were dreaming of. My first kiss was all of these things and in the end, uncoordinated. I had no idea what I was doing. He had no idea what he was doing. But we managed a little kiss and it made us happy. So incredibly happy.
And that’s what a good first kiss should be—complicated but joyful. I keep this in mind when I’m writing first kiss scenes and I look for this when reading teen novels. I absolutely hate when first kisses in books are huge moments full of eloquent phrases or uncontrollable passion or fireworks shooting everywhere while a symphony is playing. That’s not a first kiss. And no matter how many partners you’ve kissed, that first one with someone new is special, shy, curious, overwhelming. First kisses should be quiet and sweet and I love how they are handled in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater (Sam and Grace), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (Ron and Hermione) and The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce (Alanna and George).
What do you think a first kiss should be like in a teen novel? Any favorite scenes?