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Friday, July 4, 2014

MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal

"Review My Books" review by Angela 

by Bethany Neal
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 10, 2014) 

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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.
***Special Thanks to Andye for letting me read and posting my review here***

I received My Last Kiss in exchange for an honest review.

I had never heard of the author, Bethany Neal, or this book before I received it in the mail.  I am truly glad I read it, though.  The concept of "I'm a ghost with unfinished business" is nothing new. But I enjoyed Ms. Neal's take on it.

Cassidy is your average high school girl. Friends, boyfriend, activities, etc. And Cassidy has her secrets. Cassidy's family life is falling apart, and she feels like she can't tell her boyfriend, Ethan. So she confides in her childhood friend, and things quickly get out of hand. And that gets her killed.

Her mission is to find out how she died, before she can move on. And she enlists the help of Ethan, who happens to be the only person who can see her, and Amy, one of her best friends.  As they investigate their circle of friends, the mystery of Cassidy's death slowly unravels.

The person responsible for Cassidy's death is pretty predictible, but doesn't take away from the story.
 Cassidy isn't a particularly likable character, but she is very relatable.

 I liked how the author didn't try to put too much into her story. She used one PN element, and stayed true to it.
 I liked the fact that the story isn't graphic, on either the circumstances of death or sexual situations. 
 I also liked that it isn't a sad story, more of a " I died. Let's find out why" story.

Overall, I liked this book, and am looking forward to more from thie author!

PS-If this is on your TBR pile, and even if it's not, go get your copy!

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