Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca
published on June 9th 2015 by Simon Pulse
young adult | contemporary | romance
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Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. 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 decided to move away, she couldn’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn’t ready to let her go…
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 and he shakes up everything. Soon 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 truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.
*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Thank you to Simon Pulse for providing me with an advanced copy for review.
*Possible spoilers, although I wouldn’t call them full-blown spoilers just because of the sheer predictability of this book on its own.
My initial thought after reading the book was simply oh, how nice, but after much self-deliberation and intense thinking, I’ve come to the conclusion that this book was absolutely frustrating.
You don’t understand how much I wanted to hit Kelsey across the head. To say the least, I’d describe her as a slut-shaming snooty brat. That may sound harsh, but unfortunately, it’s the truth. She even went as far as to call her ex-best friend a slut. She also seemed to think that the world revolved around her, and that no one else’s opinions matted if they weren’t related to her.
The romance was not-so-great, either. There wasn’t anything particularly remarkable about it, and it was just your typical I’ve loved you for ages! type of romance with a shitload of angst thrown in for good measure. There weren’t really any twists that would wow you–this was just your typical dramatic contemporary romance.
Oh, I forgot to mention that this book has a love triangle. Yes, it’s one of those cases where the main character actually has a perfectly nice boyfriend but is clearly obsessing over someone else. And then boyfriend eventually fucks up and girl chooses the guy she’s pining for. Again, nothing new here.
The only saving grace of this book was the writing style. I found this book so easy to get into and so easy to read. I just kept flipping and flipping pages–Ciocca’s words just flow so cleanly. (Although dialogue between characters was sometimes cheesy.)
So I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone, unless you’re a hardcore contemporary romance fan. If you’re okay with an endless amount of tropes and cliches, then go ahead and pick this book up.
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