DNF Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

Friday, August 28, 2015

Title: My Last Kiss
Author: Bethany Neal
Genre: young adult, supernatural
Series: N/A
Pages: 358
Published: June 10 2015
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Rating: N/A

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.

DNF'd at: 200 (about 56%); skimmed the last 150


This was just not for me. The plot was way too similar to The Catastrophic History of You and Me and I just wasn't invested in the story or characters. Basically: been there, read that, and not interested enough to continue. It felt so tired, so overdone. There was nothing authentic about the ways the characters acted or thought. It was so obviously an idea from an adult about how teens would behave.

The story is just not enough. There's no meat to these bones. The author thinks that a lot of plot turns and twists is enough to constitute a story. It's not. It's all superficial; there's no substance to anything as the pages go on. If you want a thoughtful YA novel about living your last days, try Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It's a lot more honest, real, and tuned into the subconscious of teenagers.

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