Early Book Review | My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 4:30 AM

Format: e-ARC
       Source: Publisher via Netgalley
                                                             Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
                                                              Publication Date: June 10, 2014
                                                                         My Rating: 4

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.

                                                                     My Thoughts

My Last Kiss is one of those books that I requested purely based on the cover alone, I didn't read the summary so I had no idea what this book was about when I started reading it but I have to say that the story is every bit as wonderful as that cover and I'm so glad that I decided to go out on a whim for this book.

To the rest of her classmates it seems that Cassidy Haines has it all; the perfect boyfriend, the perfect friends but that's what Cassidy wants them to see. She doesn't want anyone to know that her parents are fighting more and more and she sure doesn't want anyone that she's been lying to her boyfriend, Ethan.

Cassidy was a very easy character for me to like even though I didn't agree with some of the decisions that she had made, it was clear that she was truly sorry and she wanted to make everything right. I also really liked Ethan, he was such a sweetheart and I can see why Cassidy loved him so much. Another favorite was Aimee, she is the epitome of what a best friend should be, she believed in Cassidy when it seemed like everyone else was thinking the worst and she set out to prove them wrong.

I loved the fact that this book was told in the present with only flashbacks of the past, I feel like that added more suspense to the overall plot. My only real fault with this book was the fact that Cassidy's family played a role in the first half of the book and then seemed to disappear in the second half.

Overall, My Last Kiss is a very captivating and intriguing read, the mystery aspect is played out so well that it will keep you guessing about what really happened the night Cassidy died until the very end. Neal's debut is stunning and I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of her books in the future.

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