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Review: Last Year's Mistake

Gina Ciocca - Last Year's Mistake
Published: June 9, 2015 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 1/5

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...

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 relocates to the same 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 let him go. And that maybe she never wants to.

Word to the wise: Cheating is uncool, folks.

I'm not sure what I expected going into this. I heard there was an unhealthy amount of cheating and slutshaming, but I chose to give this book the benefit of the doubt.

The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David become fast friends. Their friendship - I repeat: friendship - quickly progresses as years go by. David tends to fancy other girls (i.e. Isabel, Candy, Violet), and Kelsey has the affinity to viciously hate them all.

I'm beginning to hate these "my best friend has suddenly grown sexy help" YAs. The book shows how their romance "progresses" throughout the four years of high school. If another girl was conspicuously not around, David would immediately be pawing after Kelsey. He tears a piece of taffy out of mouth with his teeth while she's eating it, and says: "lololol we're obviously just friends."

Also: Kelsey belongs in a hazmat suit. She was practically a life hazard. At one point, they go sledding, Humpty Dumpty Kelsey has a bad fall, gets a nosebleed, then starts vomiting blood. David runs over to "help." So they share each other's gaze while Kelsey's sister sobs in the background until the EMTs arrive.

Later, Kelsey is trying to be a dutiful daughter, cutting vegetables with her mother, all sensibly. She drops a knife, cuts her hands, wrists, legs. Practically everything. Then: falls unconscious. Her family is convinced Kelsey's constant clumsiness has led to actual illness, so they spend the next few chapters, trying to diagnose nothingness. (In the meantime, David avoids her calls and goes to prom with another girl.)

Eventually, Kelsey is forced to move away and that's when David realizes his lust for her. They meet again their senior year. Unfortunately for them, she has a boyfriend, Ryan, who is the sweetest sweetheart. I noticed a few reviewers didn't like him, but compared to David, give me an actual break. The latter half of the book revolves around Kelsey and David, devising a plan to cheat on their respective partners and failing horrifically.

I was obviously unsatisfied, but this book is dreadfully entertaining. Despite everything, Ryan is enormously sweet. Still, I wouldn't recommend.


  1. Well, I'll be damned if this isn't like a train wreck that I don't WANT to watch, but do anyway 😂 Seriously, it sounds like one of those books that is maybe so bad it's good? Scratch that, so bad that it's worth it so you can yell at it? I am never going to read this for real though, so I am going to look up some spoilers. I can't decide who I want to root for- I mean, Ryan sounds like he deserves WAY better, and these two assholes are perfect for each other in their awfulness so... almost rooting for them, just so they leave the rest of society alone? Sorry this was such a mess. LOVE your review though, you always make me chuckle!

    1. lolol I'm secretly anticipating your review of this because it's so trainwrecky. It's like when a couple argues in public & you can't help but watch. So dreadfully entertaining. Ryan was SO KIND. Aaaaah, they need to stay together. Save the world the drama. Awe, thanks!! That makes me so glad to hear!


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