Review: The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik

18602796 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: April 22, 2014 by HarperTeen
Length: 320 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

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….”


The Last Best Kiss is a really great read if you are looking for a light and fluffy contemporary story. It is realistic for the most part since the story is about a girl trying to fit in, but at the same time there are unrealistic aspects. This book is about our protagonist, Anna, who tries to fit in by turning down Finn, a very lovable and nerd-looking freshman boy whom she likes. I love how the author developed her characters because at first Anna is this freshman who would do anything to fit in, and Finn, who looks like an innocent boy who has a crush on Anna, but as the story progresses, these two mature little by little and it was just fun to read how they both have changed.

This book has those cliques but it did not really bother me since the story was focused more on character growth and romance. Sometimes Anna was a bit annoying because she was so focused on being high up on the social ladder, but I like how she became aware of how stupid she was as she progresses on in high school. I also love how Anna’s family is involved in some way. We get a peek at Anna’s sisters’ lives and her dad’s. I think her dad is a pain to be with (he’s that dad who has a favorite out of all his children) yet hilarious.

Overall this book was an easy and fun read! I recommend it if you are looking for a light summer read.

3.5 of 5

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