Release Date: April 22nd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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....
The Last Best Kiss is definitely one of the cutest novels I’ve read lately! This is a complete fluff-fest, and we all know I love some good fluff. That is not to say this story is without its faults, because there are some flaws. Still, I really enjoyed reading this, and I blazed through it pretty quickly.
This book does make some use of tropes. We have the I-only-ever-dated-that-other-person-to-forget-about-you-but-I-couldn’t trope, which seems to be pretty popular these days. The book is very cute but the romance is definitely too “perfect” at times. I have to say, though, that I didn’t really care. Yes, the book is a bit cliché, but overall it’s just really cutesy and perfect to read when you need some cheering up.
In the prologue, we get to see a little of the build-up of the relationship between Anna and Finn, and also their breakup. Unfortunately, I felt that most of the developing of the romance happened in the prologue. After Finn’s return, he spends a good part of the novel dating someone else, and Anna and Finn’s relationship doesn’t really progress much. It mostly consists of Anna believing Finn hates her and Anna and Finn saying things at the same time (seriously, they do that an awful lot). Though they obviously belonged together, I never really found myself shipping them with all my might. The romance was cute, and I didn’t mind them being together, but it just didn’t give me the feels.
I was surprised that the book touched on more than just the romance. I expected this to be mindless fun, mostly concentrating on the romance, but it’s also about family issues. Anna’s family isn’t exactly close, and every family member has their problems. Some of those problems were handled better than others. For example, Anna’s sister, Molly, comes out as gay, and the reaction of Anna’s other sister is basically that Molly’s just going through some experimental phase because she can’t get a boyfriend. That didn’t sit well with me, though, sadly, it might be an accurate representation of how some people think. The majority of people in the book are okay with it, but I wish that Anna’s sister would see at some point that being gay isn’t a “phase”. That bit is a really minor part of the book, but it pissed me off.
Apparently, The Last Best Kiss is a loose retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, but as I never read Persuasion, I can’t tell you how closely The Last Best Kiss resembles Persuasion. I’ve heard from others that they aren’t too similar, just slightly.
Either way, The Last Best Kiss was enjoyable, though not much more than that. The romance was cute (actually, the whole book was cute), but I missed some depth from time to time. The Last Best Kiss is slightly predictable, but in the end, it was just a really cute and fluffy book. If you want some thoughtless fluff (and I know I do from time to time), you should definitely pick up The Last Best Kiss.
~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~
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