The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Release Date: April 22nd, 2014
HarperTeen, 374 Pages
Source: eARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!)
Sub-genre: Retelling/Contemporary/Release Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult (15+ for drug use)
Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.
Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.
All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.
Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too….
This book surprised me with its level of – readability. I went into this thinking that it would be just an “okay” read, but was pleasantly surprised when I found myself reading page after page with no intention of stopping anytime soon. Also, it’s really tough to do retelling but to do a good retelling and of a Jane Austen novel, no less – hats off to Claire LaZebnik.
Though some parts of the book were almost unrealistic (who has parents that let them go to a Coachella-type concert in high school, and ovenight!) and some parts were just plain annoying – it was more some (one) of the characters that annoyed me more than the others. Despite that, and even despite the drug use, I found that I enjoyed reading The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZenik.
Fans of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series should pick up this book, for sure!