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Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca Book Review

Last Year's MistakeBefore:Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...
After:Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.
Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.

When I first picked up Last Year’s Mistake, I only had the intention of reading a few pages, as I was currently in the middle of reading three other books. However, that didn’t happen, and less than 24 hours later, I was turning the last pages of the novel. I haven’t been so engrossed in a story for a while and Last Year’s Mistake is one of my new favorites.

Last Year’s Mistake is told in flashbacks between the past and present. Through those, the way Kelsey and David’s friendship grew (and crumbled) is shown, as well as everything that happens when he shows up again during Kelsey’s senior year. I tend to love flashbacks in novels, and it was done so well in Last Year’s Mistake. The way David and Kelsey became friends and how their relationship changed was so realistic and compulsively readable. They had their ups and downs along with new realizations about their relationship over the course of the novel. Best friends-to-more relationships are one of my favorites and the way Kelsey and David straddled the boundary between being just friends and becoming more was fascinating to read about.

Neither Kelsey or David are perfect, and they both make dumb mistakes and have communication problems. Although I know that may bother some people, to me it just felt like part of being a teenager. There are several obstacles (some self-created) that hurt Kesley and David’s relationship and I was rooting for them to overcome their issues over the course of the entire novel. They had such a strong connection and the flashbacks proved just how great they had the potential to be together. 

The writing made for a fast read and I’d describe it as almost reminiscent of a Lauren Barnholdt novel. Last Year’s Mistake is an amazing read that had me tearing through the pages! I’d give it 4.5 out of 5 flowers.

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