I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Published by HarperTeen on April 22, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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....
Anna makes a big mistake freshman year with Finn who moved away and now it is senior year and he has come back. Anna is trying to right her wrong with Finn, but it’s harder than she thinks, especially since he’s not particularly interested in having that wrong righted. Even though the incident with Finn is the catalyst for the The Last Best Kiss is really about Anna and her family and her choices and growing up. Anna’s family isn’t really there for her, except for her sister Molly, who has her own issues. Her parent’s aren’t even too concerned with where she is physically let alone mentally.
Anna was so easy to like. Her big mistake freshman year – publicly dissing Finn because she was worried what her friends would think – is something so common and it’s a big thing and a small thing at the same time. I remember what it was like in high school and teaching in a high school now I can assure you that some things don’t change and how students are perceived by others is a huge thing. Everything that she did to atone for her mistake with Finn felt so real (both the good and not so good things). I also loved how Anna expressed her feelings when she saw Finn with another girl.
Finn is the perfect kind of nerdy guy. He changed a lot since freshman year physically, but the nerdiness in him still comes out and its adorable. I also love that he doesn’t immediately just forgive and forget what happened freshman year, nor does he harbor feelings of hatred towards her either. He also has some really great sweet lines!
Anna’s family isn’t all that great, except for her sister Molly. Molly is going through her own issues, but still is there for Anna. Her sister Lizzie and her parents are of the non caring variety. Her dad is also super weird and there is this weird awkward dad dating situation that is hilarious (her parents are divorced).
Anna’s best friend Lucy is the kind of friend that you love throughout high school and then struggle with senior year because they are so focused on school and college and they don’t know how to relax. They are a great pair though and always there for each other.
Anna’s other friends are great too, though there were times where I just wanted Lilly to stop talking because she was driving me crazy. Hilary and Oscar were super awesome though.
Everything is as it should be! I loved how everything played out between Anna and Finn and I really loved how things played out after the incident with one of Anna’s friends. Things could have gone to the extremes with that one, but instead LaZebnik kept it realistic and fitting.
Amazing! If you haven’t read a Claire LaZebnik book yet then I suggest you get on that!