Oh be still, our beating hearts.
The Kissing Booth has all of the ingredients of a perfect rom-com; unreasonably attractive people, dance machines, love beating the odds, drama, sex, fun! It’s a no-brainer. The first adaptation of the series of the same name was released in 2018, and while it wasn’t exactly critically-acclaimed (it has a 17% Rotten Tomatoes score), it’s a ton of fun, easy watching, and has an incredible cast. Jacob Elordi wowed in Euphoria, and Joey King is an acting force to be reckoned with in The Act. Despite mixed reviews from the “high-ups” in media reception, the movie is a firm favorite among many, such as the TikTok community!
Author of the series, Beth Reekles, took to the platform to *subtly* flex how well her story has done, as a big f you to anybody who doubted her talent in school! Even better? She did it with a Hamilton soundtrack:
@bethreeklesnot gonna lie, this is… my biggest flex. ##thekissingbooth ##kissingbooth ##thekissingbooth2 ##booktok ##authorsoftiktok ##hamiltonmemes ##booklovers ##fyp♬ I Know Him – Jonathan Groff
In the words of Reekles herself:
“People in school telling me I “told boring stories” and making me feel like a weirdo. Me, writing stories anyway…and publishing eight books, with multiple translations, and having two Netflix movies”
All captioned “not gonna lie, this is… my biggest flex”
Beth’s novel was initially penned on self-publishing site Wattpad when she was a teenager (garnering over 19 million likes!!) It was first officially published as an e-book by Penguin Random House, before its release in print by Delacorte Press, an imprint of the former. Following the first film, the sequel was released on Netflix just last week, with the third instalment officially announced today!
Personally, as a connoisseur of cringe, I LOVED the movies. I haven’t had a chance to read the books, but knowing the author is this cool? Definitely adding them to my TBR. Now, if anyone needs me, I might just watch the second movie again.