Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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....
I wanted something light and fun to read and I got exactly that with The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik. This was a cute story really about not appreciating something that you have until it is gone as well as liking who you want no matter what anyone else thinks.
Anna learned some lessons the hard way in ninth grade and it was at the expense of Finn, the guy that shared her carpool with her during school. He was a bit of a nerd, you know the kind, scrawny, glasses, interested in learning things more than impressing people. Anna cared a bit too much about what other people thought of her. She fell for Finn while they carpooled together and she kind of had a secret relationship with him. That all came to a screeching halt when he wanted to go to the dance with her and she didn’t want to because it was public. He went anyway, asked her to dance and she blew him off. Well, he moved away and she had no chance to tell him she was sorry.
Fast forward a few years later and Finn is back! Only he’s still hurt and Anna’s friend Lily, who is a little wild and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, has taken a liking to Finn. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that’s totally against friend codes but, Anna never did tell her friends how much she liked Finn so it goes unnoticed and she works through it. She should have just said something and saved herself the heartache of watching Lily and Finn together.
I really liked all of Anna’s friends, I think they were really supportive of each other and they focused on school more than relationships. They were all going through the college application process and getting into colleges. It was good to see a close knit group of friends be able to focus on school as well as everything else that went on.
Anna dealt with her feelings for Finn as well as her feelings for another guy although they were technically cousins, which I didn’t really understand there. I mean, generally if someone was somehow related to you, even through some distant relative type thing, that would make them undesirable, right? Or maybe I’m just odd here. Anyway, she was dealing with that as well as one of her sisters coming out that she’s a lesbian, her father dating a much younger girl that teaches at Anna’s school and also her older and annoying sister’s friend.
The ending was pretty predictable with Anna and Finn. There is definitely a happily ever after but, what else do you expect from a light and fun read right? I wanted that happily ever after. I really enjoyed this book quite a bit and can’t wait for others to read it.