The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 374


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…. 

My Thoughts: (spoiler-free)

I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but this is one of the few books that I found really entertaining.

One of the main reasons why I loved this book because the guy, Finn, reminds me of someone I know. And guess what, I really like nerdy cute guys so another plus points to this book haha!

This book is so relatable for it tackled a lot of stuffs about the senior high school experience and the friend dynamic. Almost everything is so spot-on that I almost found myself as one of the characters in the book. LaZebnik talked about getting into college, passing your SATs, and was even able to include the joyful little things you experience while in high school. There was even a scene on the book where the characters went to Coachella, which is like the greatest music festival ever.

Although the book was almost true-to-life, I didn’t feel very connected with the characters. Anna and Finn are really cute but the bond between them was really weak. Anna’s family and friends were always present on almost every chapter but still, they felt a little shallow for me. It’s like we’re kind of just thrown into the highlights of their life.

Overall, this book was really refreshing. I loved how the main character, Anna, dealt very maturely with all of her problems. The only thing I wish is i hope we’d gotten more of the characters.

I rated this contemporary book 4/5 stars.

Bonus! Here is my favorite quote from the book: 

“But I know how this romantic stuff works: one girl’s perfect guy is another girl’s reject. And right now I’m glad of it.”
Claire LaZebnik, The Last Best Kiss


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