Book Review: The Last Best Kiss

Posted June 1, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Last Best KissThe Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Published by Harper Teen on 2014-04-22
Genres: contemporary, young adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Jane Austen comes to modern-day Los Angeles in Claire LaZebnik's imaginative take on Persuasion, where seventeen-year-old Anna Eliot finds out whether there's such a thing as a second chance when it comes to first love. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic contemporary tale.Anna 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—and he wants nothing 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 . . .

I am unimpressed. I started out liking this book (there was something about the voice that I enjoyed) but that died off really fast. I liked how quirky it seemed to be; it was almost as if the book suffered from a short attention span. It would switch topics quickly, go off on tangents, and it was something I was unused to. But then, just like a person who has these qualities in real life, you get tired of them quickly.

It took too long to get to the point. Seriously. This book said in 5 pages what should really have taken two. I skipped the last couple pages of the book because of this. I know how it ends, can I just have the last sentence now? It’s not like the book was bad; no, the romance was cute and so were the characters, particularly Finn. But even he annoyed me after a bit.

He was too unforgiving. He had a right to be pissed off because of what Anna did to him, but she apologized. Seemed genuinely remorseful. And yet he still wouldn’t give her the time of day. She bent over backwards to make it right on multiple occasions, but he just seemed douchey for dragging it out like that. The rest of the time he was just damned adorable! I loved how there were so many little details to his personality too.

As for the rest of the characters, meh. I liked Anna but she did nothing for me. The only other character I liked was Lucy and that’s because she had a similar personality to myself.

The story was cute and so was the relationship, I just didn’t think the writing was very strong. It never pulled me in and I never connected to the story, and I really just wanted more. It seemed to lack a focus and not know what it wanted to be. It was wordy, and then there were passages like this, in reference to a dog that Anna’s friend Phoebe’s mother adopted:

“Does she always make that noise?” It’s an unpleasant cross between a howl and a moan.

“It’s mad because I locked it up. Dad said I had to because it snapped at him this morning. He’s worried someone might get bitten tonight, and we’d get sued.”

“Shouldn’t you just return her to the adoption place if she’s that dangerous?”

“You try telling my mother that. She literally said, ‘You don’t give a child back because it misbehaves; you teach it not to.'”

Well, YOU DON’T. A pet is a family member. The dog had literally been in the house for all of a day and it may have been stressed out. Not only that, but I don’t appreciate the fact that it was a pit bull mix either. Don’t they get enough of a bad rap already? Can we lose the stereotype? SOme of the sweetest, laziest dogs I have ever met have been pit bulls, and I, frankly, am tired of the bullshit. Educate yourself. It’s the owner, not the dog. And some breeds of dogs should not be kept by certain people. That’s not a reason to hate on the entire breed or make them look bad. RIDICULOUS.

I really have nothing else to say. This book, though some parts of it were enjoyable, irritated me more than anything.







This book covers the “Set in High School” square.







2 responses to “Book Review: The Last Best Kiss

  1. I don’t think I would like this one. I’m glad that the story and relationship was cute, but if it was hard to really get sucked in and connect, I wouldn’t like that. And I hate the pit bull stereotyping. I have a pit bull and he is the sweetest dog in the world! Yes, he barks and growls at strangers, but then calms down once they pet him. Like you said, it’s owner failure, not the dog. Great review hon!!
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