Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Last Best Kiss
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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....

With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.

The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

The Last Best Kiss(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Anna has never gotten over the boy that she dumped in ninth grade because her friends thought he was below her. Now Finn is back though, and Anna is upset when he doesn’t seem to have forgiven her, and is instead flirting with her friend.
Will Finn ever forgive her? Or will he just date her friend instead?

This was an okay YA contemporary romance, but it just dragged a bit for me.

Anna was an okay character, but I really wished that she had a bit more of a backbone. She couldn’t possibly admit something that made her slightly different from her friends, even when it was something important to her, which really annoyed me.
Finn was also an okay character, but I really wished he’d just get over himself, and forgive Anna. Okay, what she did wasn’t very nice, but if he really liked her he should have stopped trying to punish her and started trying to find a way to be together.

The storyline in this was okay, but for me it was just too slow. It was all talk and no action, and it seemed to take forever for anything to happen. I wanted more excitement, I wanted more dilemmas and awkward situations, and instead we got wonderings and other inconsequential stuff that didn’t really move the story along.
There was romance, but it was quite brief really, we got a little bit at the beginning and a little bit at the end, and that was it basically.
The ending was okay, but it just took so long to get there, that I was kind of glad that I was at the end.
Overall; okay story, but the pace dragged a bit.
6.25 out of 10.

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