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In fact, at the age of twelve, I experienced my first kiss behind the catering hall where Carmela’s first godchild’s christening was being held, with none other than Carmela’s hot cousin, Sergio.
Our first kiss was exquisite and familiar and frighteningly desperate, two people who'd finally reached the surface after misjudging the depth of the water.
It seemed so natural to have your first kiss in a dark cinema on a December afternoon that I just closed my eyes and let myself enjoy the sensation of everything falling into place, from the first contact of our tongues to his clumsy attempts to unhook my bra, a pale blue Huit that Astrid had bought me at Galeries Lafayette.
Summary: Alva, not quite fifteen, is content with the strict rules that define her life in Pineridge, the walled community where she lives with her father, his seven wives, and her twenty-nine siblings until she is caught giving her long-time crush an innocent first kiss and forced to marry a violent, fifty-year-old man.