My Last Kiss
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My Last Kiss

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What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy? Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss very clearly. It was with her boyfriend of three years. 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 between life and the great beyond, not only mourning her own passing, but left to wonder what led to her untimely death. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have been unfaithful to her boyfriend. If Cassidy is to understand what happened to her and move on to whatever comes next, she must face her past and all the decisions she made - both good and bad - that led to her last kiss.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 209.55 x 33.02mm | 454g
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374351287
  • 9780374351281
  • 1,139,432

Review quote

"The mystery here is well played, with possible guilt and culpability shifting deftly among the usual cast of high school chracters until the final reveal." --BCCB "Debut author Neal offers a good combination of paranormal ghost story mixed with romance, suspense, and mystery . . Readers will be immediately sucked into the tale, told from Cassidy's ghostly perspective, as she attempts to put together the pieces that led to her untimely death." --Booklist "Cassidy is sure she had no reason to end her life, and she cannot move on until she discovers how she really died . . . The story unfolds as her spirit is pulled uncontrollably from one grief-stricken friend or family member to another, and to reliving the events that led to her death." --School Library Journalshow more

About Bethany Neal

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 the things she is obsessed with include, but are not limited to: nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, pickles, and dessert. My Last Kiss is her first novel.show more

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Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy it. It was a quick read that had me wanting to see how it ended. But I didnâ??t quite get the point. Cassidy met a tragic end, an end she doesnâ??t remember. She is stuck among her friends until the circumstances of her death come to light. Of course, you feel bad for Cassidy, her life cut so short. And you feel for her friends as they try to piece together what happened to Cassidy. They each are going through their own grief and guilt. But I didnâ??t quite understand why she was stuck there, going through her memories. I know she was trying to figure out what happened to her. I know her friends were trying to figure it out. Cassidy is pulled between the present and her memories. It is a bit disjointed, but it was interesting. You never really remember everything in chronological order. But the transitions were a bit rough for me. There were a few parts that I didnâ??t quite understand. (Two that stick out are Ethan, seventh grade and pencils.) Sadly, if I go into detail, I will spoil a part of the book, so I wonâ??t do that. But I wonder if I missed something. If anyone has read this and is willing to discuss the spoiler parts, please email me or leave a comment with *SPOILER* to begin it. Iâ??d really like to try and figure it out. Would I recommend it: Sure. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.show more
by Chrissy
I wanted to read this because I enjoy these sort of "ghost" or afterlife stories. It is a spin-off of the amnesia because it becomes a quest for her to figure out what led to her death and if her last kiss was with the wrong guy. It drew me in right away because Cassidy has a voice that feels natural. She is in really stressful place because she is watching her death scene and then ends up in the morgue with her own body. Then she visits family and the boy who was her perfect first kiss. She does what she calls melting when she has the flashbacks of memories. She feels wet and then her body starts to disappear and she "wakes up" in a new place and time. Some of the memories are from further back but most are giving us the pieces of the puzzle in the weeks leading up to her death. I liked the friendship it drew between Cass, Aimee, and Madison. They had a group that was close, and really knew each other. Their quirks, how their emotions are displayed or hidden. Aimee and Madison both grieve differently but they get on a mission to figure out what happened to her, and are denying the rumor that she committed suicide because they feel like the friend they knew wouldn't do that, and she seemed drunk but def not depressed at the party right before Cassidy died. Though I was surprised at the part that one of the friends in Cass' circle played into the party, the different people on the bridge with Cassidy and maybe even the one behind trying to break up Ethan and Cassidy. The romance between Ethan and Cassidy was so sweet. I loved the way they were together in the flashbacks. But things started to change and we get the impression that there was another guy, and there was also a rumor that they were breaking up but Cassidy didn't know anything about it. So, it was hard to give in to the romance completely because I don't know if Ethan was planning to break up with her, or if she cheated on him with her last kiss. Or was there a last kiss (at 20% I am speculating this, I have no idea.) There were a few things that caused me to rate down a bit. There weren't explanations for why Ethan was special in that ***minor spoiler--highlight to read*** only he could see Cassidy. I know they were together but there could be some sort of explanation. There was love between her and her parents, friends, etc. Then there were some times when the reveals felt like filler. There were some of the flashbacks that I liked because it gave us history with Cass and Ethan, Cass and her friends, as well as her and her family. I saw a lot of growth in Cassidy. While at the beginning she seemed like I could relate to her, and I certainly wanted to get to the bottom of her reason for being a ghost. As I got some of the flashbacks it became a little bit harder to like her with some of her actions. But I can also get that we all make mistakes and do things in the heat of the moment that we'll regret or doesn't tell the full story who we are. But still, I can see how she realizes that and that she sees things in a new way. Ultimately though, what made me completely go there with her was as much as she tried to rationalize everything she did wrong (and admit it, we all do things wrong) I could see why she made the decisions she did. And at the end, she accepted that she'd messed up, owned it, and did her best to make it all as right as possible. While there is the semi love triangle and some cheating, it never bothered me like it usually does, and I don't know if I understand that when you have a friend or boyfriend who seems so good and has a good family it is hard to confide about your own new issues at home. And how it can be easy to mix up childhood nostalgia for feelings you can act on when the other person has been in your life so long and cares so much for you. The book really kept me guessing right up until the end, so even with the bits of repetition, I can look back and see that there are elements that really did add to the big picture. Each character played their part in the whole story and most of them really do have reason to feel at least a little guilty over all that led up to that point. Bottom Line: If you like the premise, you'll enjoy this suspense-filled journey to discovering the events leading up to main character's death.show more
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