Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge 2014: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal #SRC2014

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The eighth book on our schedule is My Last Kiss by Author Bethany Neal.  

About the book:

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

This book starts off with Cassidy's first kiss with her boyfriend, Ethan.  After that point, Cassidy is stuck in between life and death.  Seeing her dead body is a shock to her.  She doesn't know how she has died.  Was it an accident, suicide or murder?  She can't remember anything about what happened in her life in the few weeks leading to her death.  That's what this book revolves around.  Cassidy observes her friends and family to find out what happened to her.  The only person that can see her is her boyfriend Ethan.  At first he thinks he is just imagining her due to grief, but he accepts that she is a ghost.  Something bad besides Cassidy's death happens that night and they work together to find out what happened to her. Cassidy's memory starts to come back to her in bits and pieces as she's observing.  Cassidy finds out she isn't who she thought she was and neither were the people she was closest to.  Everyone has their own lies that unfortunately lead to Cassidy's death.  

This book was great!  This book was written very well and was highly entertaining.  There were twists to the book that kept you engrossed in the book.  I wanted Cassidy to find out what really happened, but at the same time it was sad knowing if she did that her and Ethan really wouldn't be together anymore.  The characters were fun and they always kept you guessing if they killed Cassidy or if she killed herself.  I enjoyed seeing the point of view from the other characters and finding out that Cassidy didn't always know what was going on in their lives even if they were close friends.  She also finds out who was truly her friends and who wasn't.  Cassidy realizes that she did some things that she isn't proud of in the few weeks before her death, but you find out she is still a good person.  Seeing her family without her hurts her and so does seeing their grief.  However, she knows that if she finds out what really happened to her, she can help them and Ethan.  I can't wait to read another book by Bethany Neal!

About the author:
Bethany Neal writes young-adult novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing from her Ann Arbor, Michigan home. She graduated from Bowling Green State University and is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, pickles, and dessert. My Last Kiss is her first novel. 

Connect with the author:
·         Facebook:
·         Twitter: @BethDazzled
·         Website:

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