Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux on June 10, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?
Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss--the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died--is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.
If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made--good and bad--that led to her last kiss.
Bethany Neal's suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.
Oh, My Last Kiss…So, I have a problem… I can’t quit. Even when I really am not happy with a book… I can’t put it down. There I have said it, now is there a 10 step program to help me with this sort of thing?
When you are just so UGH about a book that it’s hard to write the review.
What if your last kiss, wasn’t what you think it ought to have been? Do you ever catch yourself thinking not about your first kiss… but about your last kiss? No? Really? I don’t either! But Cassidy does, she’s even worried that her last kiss was with someone other than *gasp* her boyfriend of three years. My Last Kiss is about Cassidy, a high school girl who dies at her 17th birthday party. She finds herself a ghost, which I have to admit was pretty cool. At least until the coolness wears off, which is in about a chapter.
When you are a goody two shoes and you start making bad decisions
Cassidy can’t remember the last weeks of her life. Probably because she’s so ashamed of how she was lying to everyone she loved and cheating on her boyfriend that with the trauma of finding herself a ghost she has repressed it. She can’t remember how she dies but she knows it’s not the suicide the police are claiming. She needs to clear her name… well at least of the drunken suicide. The problem is, the only person that can see or hear Ghost Cassidy is her boyfriend, you know… the one she was cheating on. How will she ever remember those last few weeks, days, and hours before her death? She will spend the rest of the book having to relive all of her dumb choices and stalking her still living friends to piece together what happened. In between the flashbacks and stalking she will moan a lot about how much she adores her boyfriend and how stupid it was of her to hide things. Here is a perfect example of what the book reads like:
“”NO!” Ethan cries out desperately grabbing my arm. “Cassi, I don’t want you to go. I’m mad, but I still love you. We”ll find Aimee and figure everything out. Please don’t leave. What if you don’t-” His voice catches. “Please. Stay.” His expression crumbles. I want to pick up the pieces, comfort him, take away his pain, but my being here is why he hurts.“This isn’t fair to you, Ethan. I’m not alive. It’s … not right.”” (pg.301 My Last Kiss)
There is plenty of WHINE to go with this CHEESE
So, as she goes about reliving her last few deceitful weeks of life while haunting her boyfriend she learns View Spoiler »that one of her best friends was secretly in love with her boyfriend and was trying to break her up and paid her now druggy childhood guy friend with pain pills and xanax to try to get her to cheat (which is exactly what happened) to break them up... But Cassidy isn't mad about that because well you know, she shouldn't have gotten with a guy she knew her friend was crushing on...right? « Hide Spoiler I won’t give it all away, there are some twists that some readers won’t foresee. I just couldn’t get into all this teenage drama that lead to this one incident that caused Cassidy to die.