Kissing Daisy Parker - Michael Milton (Blog Tour)
"First Loves. Last Chances. Street Fighter II.
Daisy is a Sylvia Plath reading, Robert Smith devotee, planning on a summer of Australian beaches with or without her two favourite boys. Obsessed gamer and jealous boyfriend Greg needs the prize money from the Scottish Street Fighter II championships to join Daisy in Oz. She wouldn’t really go without him. Would she?
Scottish-born, English-accented Junaid is the couple’s best friend. Haunted by that school dance and terrified of the future, he finds himself falling for his best friend’s girl. When a disastrous event at the video game tournament brings Daisy and J closer together, Greg attempts the ultimate redemption. Each makes decisions which alter the course of their friendship, and their lives, forever. But do the answers to life’s biggest questions truly lie in kissing Daisy Parker?
This realistic coming-of-age young adult novel has the heart of Aristotle and Dante (Benjamin Alire Sáenz), the spirit of Looking for Alaska (John Green) and the punch of Street Fighter II (Super Nintendo)."
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TW/CW: racism, discrimination, self harm.
In Kissing Daisy Parker we follow the three main characters Daisy, Gregor and Junaid as they are making the scary transition between leaving school and starting university.
Daisy is desperate to travel to Australia and avoid thinking about the next stage of her life. After having a major surgery on her jaw to fix her underbite she's suddenly gone from somebody who people made fun of to the most popular girl in school. With all of these changes she just wants to get away for a while.
On the other hand, her boyfriend Gregor has always seen Daisy's beauty and is jealous of the extra attention she has been receiving. He has big dreams and a master plan for the three of them, although he's not aware that Daisy and Junaid may not be on the same page about these plans. He is obsessed with video games and convinced that if he can win the Street Fighter competition all of his problems will be resolved. Gaming is a big part of his identity and the only thing that gives him a sense of achievement, without them he is positive that he would be lost.
Their best friend Junaid, also known as J, is feeling lost in life. He is following his friends to university but not sure if that is the right path for him. As a child of a Pakistani mother and an English father he has always felt out of place in Scotland and has had to deal with racist abuse everyday. I really felt for Junaid, all throughout the book he was struggling with wanting to fight back for himself and his friends but not knowing how. It was great to see his personal growth journey and to see his confidence in himself grow as he discovered who he is and what he truly wants.
I can definitely understand the comparisons to Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe and Looking for Alaska. It is a story that is great for teens who are trying to discover themselves and what comes next in their lives. Starting university is definitely a scary time - I remember being like Daisy and not wanting to even think about it for weeks. Instead I focused on my trip to Rome and pretended that nothing else was happening, luckily it all turned out well in the end! The characters are really relatable in this way and definitely reminded me of my teen years and all of the angst that comes along with them.
Kissing Daisy Parker is a cute, easy read about teens figuring out who they are and who they want to be. Thank you so much to Love Books Tours and Michael Milton for this blog tour. You can find out more about the author below!
Michael Milton spent the first 25 years of his life pretending to be other people. After switching drama school for university, he travelled the world as an English teacher and returned home to complete his MA in Creative Writing.
His stories have been long and short listed for the Fish Prize, the Bath Short Story Award, the Mogford Prize and the Emerge Impact Creative Writing Prize. Kissing Daisy Parker is his first novel, and yes, he can beat you at Street Fighter.