Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

June 30, 2014 2 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 27 ★★

Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany NealMy Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux on June 10, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

*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 » 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.


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27 Responses to “Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal”

  1. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    I thought my family was the only ones who said “want some cheese to go with that whine”… lol DAY = MADE. (It’s just an incredibly funny saying, imo.) I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. I’ve mostly read DNF reviews and everyone else saying it was like bashing your head into a brick wall. I’m just not into this kind of fluffy kissy books anyway.
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    • Tina

      Nope, I totally use that one, and “cry me a river, build me a bridge and GET OVER IT!” lol. I’m glad you found my silliness amusing. Most of the reviews I read on this one were positive, so I was almost nervous to give me real feeling. I just couldn’t say I really liked something I didn’t though. This was a bit of a morbid kissy book, not my style.
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  2. Jasprit

    I’m really sorry that you weren’t able to enjoy this book as much as you were hoping Tina, it does sound like this book does have a lot of potential, but I think Cassidy’s character would end up annoying me too. Thanks for the honest review!
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  3. Kirsty-Marie

    Wow, I was looking forward to reading this one (thank God I haven’t bought it yet) It sounded great, like my type of book. Kind of reminded me a little of Medium, but now? If Medium was a teenage drama with hunting down murderers on the side, whoo. :/ Ugh. First time I read a quote too, and yeah, cringe worthy. 🙁 I’ve only read some reviews (and they were 3-5 stars) so it’s fun to see a different view. Now I know it would annoy the cheese out of me. Okay, I’m leaving now…
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    • Tina

      Lol sorry to let you down. It did sound interesting but… it just didn’t pull it together for me. There was no hunting of a murder here, because she honestly couldn’t remember even how she died until the last chapter. I also read some reviews and even questioned my own dislike of this one, but I can’t get past the cheesiness.
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  4. Kel

    Wait, she cheats on her boyfriend and then dies and then…wha? No. … No.

    As for what to do to save yourself reading all of a terrible book, I can usually tell within the first few pages. If that happens, sometimes I just toss it; sometimes I flip to the last chapter, see how it ended, then toss it. 🙂
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  5. Megan (Adrift on Vulcan)

    Sigh, yet another book I was really looking forward to! Okay, mostly because of the cover (it’s pretty darn beautiful), but it sounded like it had an interesting plot at the same time. What a disappointment.

    Hm, I haven’t even had a first kiss, let alone a latest one, so I can’t say I’ll relate to Cassidy much. Her harping over her last kiss would probably drive me nuts, too, especially since she’s supposed to have other more important things to worry about, like — *cough* the real reason for her death?! I just hate it when characters keep brooding over the not-so-important bits. It’s like, we get it — can we move on now?

    Even with the unexpected twists you mentioned, I doubt I’d be able to enjoy this one either. Whiny characters are one of the worst, and while I don’t really mind cheesiness, but I’d appreciate it if it was kept at a minimum. Sorry this was another bad read for you, Tina, but great review all the same. 🙂
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  6. Sarah P.

    We have the same problem! I never quit a book, no matter how tortured I am by reading it. Maybe we could go to the same therapy session together. This book sounds terrible, though. All I can get from reading your review is drama and whining and frustrations. Gah. Maybe we do need to get ourselves checked as soon as possible.
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  7. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    Oh yuck. I don’t like whine or cheese in my books, thankyouverymuch. Know what else I’m not crazy about? Ghosts. Yeah, they freak me out. Too much Supernatural (but never enough Winchesters, LOL). Radio stations going fuzzy, lights flickering, inexplicable chills . . . pretty sure it’s a ghost. The point–this book was already pretty low on my list or priorities. Now . . . completely removed. So THANKS for that. And better luck next time 😉
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  8. Tina

    Lol, yeah I get freaked out by scary ghosts… to the point that I won’t go near closets or sleep in a room with open closet doors for weeks after watching a creepy movie. This was not that. This was just teen drama, which I can stand and even enjoy when done correctly but I just wanted to slap everyone involved this time. I just finished Taking Back the Skies, so… maybe the next book will really WOW me!
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