February 24, 2015

4 Star Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal #BookReview @BethDazzled @fsgbooks

Title: My Last Kiss
Author: Bethany Neal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Teen, Mystery, Paranormal
Release Date: June 10th 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
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.

When I started this book, I thought it was going to be a romantic mushy type book. I really wasn't ready for that type, since those types are really not my cup of tea. I had a lot of blogger friends recommend this one to me and a few friends on Goodreads, so I thought, why not give it a go. Really glad I chose to listen to my friends.

I literally did not want to put this one down. From start to finish it played out like a movie inside my head. I could picture the characters and, I guess since I'm from Michigan and this is where this book is based, I could picture out the scenery too.

I absolutely loved the characters, even the slimy-everyone-hates type of characters. The lead character was Cassidy, someone who met her untimely end one fateful night. Even though fate dealt her a crappy hand, she was still pretty amazing, even when she was a bit stubborn. I also really like the stoner, Caleb, and Cassidy's boyfriend, Ethan. He was one of those stick-by-your-side-even-though-I'm-pissed-at-you type if guys. I even did some crying at the end, but shhh, don't tell anybody.

I highly recommend this one. And for her first novel, Bethany Neal hit this one out of the ballpark and straight home. If you like paranormal and mystery, this one is right up your alley.

Bethany Neal writes young adult fiction with a little dark side and a lot of kissing from her Ann Arbor, Michigan home. She graduated from Bowling Green State University and has worked as an interior designer, photographer, and teacher’s assistant at a K-8 school. She is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, pickles, and dessert. MY LAST KISS is her debut novel. 

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