By: Celine | April 22, 2014 | (15) Comments

Review: The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnikThe Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: HarperTeen
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....

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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!~

3 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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15 Responses to Review: The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik

  1. I read and disliked one of LaZebnik’s other novels, so I’ll be hesitant to go into this one. The premise isn’t all that interesting, but I do like some light, cutesy reads every now and then. The thing with Anna’s sister, though–I’m sure that’ll piss me off as well. :/ Lovely review, Celine!
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  2. Sounds like a cute fluffy contemporary. YES that is a pet peeve of mine too, the misconceptions about people being gay spread in YA contemporary, it is really annoying. Anyway, lovely review Celine!
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  3. Thanks for your insights, Celine! I’ll definitely keep this book in mind when I want a contemporary and fluffy read. There are days that I get dark thoughts, and all I want to do is to read something that will cheer me up. This sounds perfect for that!
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  4. I like me some cheesy books, I’m a huge fan of escaping for a night into one huge cliche cheese fest, but it’s good sometimes, better than the world always ending and people always dying, I can say that. The cover really doesn’t make the book look like it has much going for it, but I think I’ll definitely be on the look out now. I’m also glad it covers LGBT in it, even if it is only slightly. Great review Celine! 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      Yeah, that cover is really unfortunate :\ But it’s definitely fun and cute and great for in between of those heavy misery-filled books 🙂

  5. This looks like the kind of book that is perfect to read in between heavier books. I love Persuasion and any Persuasion retelling, so I can tell that I’ll like this one.
    I’m sorry to hear that the romance didn’t make you feel though. Still, I’m glad to hear it’s cute.
    Lovely review, Celine.
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  6. Fluff-fest! Yes, please! I’m all about fluffy books, especially to read between more serious ones. I’m reading The Wicked We Have Done, and let me tell you, it’s totally freaking me out and I WILL be reading something cute and fluffy afterwards. *shivers* Glad that you enjoyed this one, even if the romance wasn’t great. And dare I say I’ve never read anything by Jane Austen? I know, I know, totally unacceptable!! 🙁
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  7. Siiri says:

    Lauren from Love is Not a Triangle liked this too and this one does seem so adorbs indeed 🙂 I’m sorry you felt like the development was mostly in the prologue and that you didn’t ship them that hard, but I mean.. I love how this is more than just a romance and I can’t wait to read this pretty 🙂 Great review, Celine!
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  8. I think I need some cheesiness in my life right now. Since this is an OK read, I’d go for it and see what happens. I really really do need so cheese-fiesta!
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  9. I totally agree, this one was cute but it definitely didn’t make me think or give me the happy feels from reading such a rewarding book. I felt like the build up of Anna and Finn’s romance wasn’t even touched upon in the book because most of the time it was just Finn and his girlfriend while Anna moped in the corner and they barely even talked! And the relationship-using card is so common now, because I feel like most authors put in an obstacle in the romance and in order to get rid of it they have to be like, “Oh well I NEVER stopped loving you!!!” Fantastic review, Celine! <33
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  10. Melanie says:

    i’m glad that you liked this one celine! i really hated how her family treated the mc’s sister’s gayness. it was a small section, but it infuriated me to no end.

    lovely review, luv <33

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