Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca | Book Review

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: Is there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this “thoughtful romance” (School Library Journal) told in alternating Before and After chapters.

The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready for her to leave.

Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…

Cover: Not going to lie, this cover makes zero sense to me.  First of all this scene never happens and second, the scene that does slightly resemble this happens on David's old, beat up car, not a fancy, bright yellow convertible.  

My Review: I like this book because it was a story about a second chance, that was pretty realistic for being a work of fiction.  Kelsey and David leave off on such bad terms, but when they're back in each other's lives, they have the chance to correct everything.  They stumble along the way, but that's what I liked about it.  Their lives kept going on, and so when they had to reincorporate each other, it was awkward and confusing.  It was frustrating too because I really wanted them to hurry up and figure everything out so they could be together.  I wish there was another chapter or epilogue that explained their relationship a little more because it was like "Yay, they're finally together!  The end."  and I could have used a little bit more.  I liked that Kelsey was super jealous when David started dating her friend, but she knew she couldn't say anything because she had a boyfriend too.  Like I said, this book just seemed more realistic than some other books on the same topic, and I thought it was really nice.

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