Book Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

by DeAnna on June 9, 2014

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany NealMy Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
Published by Macmillan on 2014-06-10
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?In Bethany Neal's My Last Kiss, 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. Now, 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.

When I first saw My Last Kiss on Netgalley, I was pretty excited. It seemed like it would be very similar to Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, which I LOVED! While it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, it was a decent read.

I was a little confused because My Last Kiss starts off immediately with Cassidy’s “ghost” (for lack of a better word) seeing her dead body and moves to the morgue. I thought this was going to be something like If I Stay, where it’s an out of body experience, so I was really surprised by this turn of events.

Cassidy wasn’t the most likable character, though I didn’t necessarily hate her. However, it looks very early on like she was cheating on her boyfriend, which isn’t very endearing. However, there was so much going on in the last couple weeks of her life that I was very tied up in the mystery of if she was killed, by whom, and why. Also, I hope this isn’t a spoiler, but we find out that only one person can see here in her ghostly form, and I was very interested to find out why.

The reason I’m only giving My Last Kiss 3 stars is because even though I enjoyed it while I was reading it, I never had that need to pick it up. I could ignore it for a full day and not really mind. If I were truly loving it, this wouldn’t have even been an option.

If the first 3/4 of the book were enjoyable, the last 1/4 really kicked it up a notch. The revelations were coming faster, and I found myself dying to know how it all ended. I was definitely surprised by the revelations we got at the end of the book, and the last page or so was very bittersweet.

While I didn’t love My Last Kiss, I did enjoy it, and I would definitely recommend this one! Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for letting me read this one!


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