Review: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Last Year's Mistake Gina Ciocca
Last Year's Mistake Gina Ciocca cover

Title: Last Year’s Mistake 
Author: Gina Ciocca 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA 
Publication date: June 9, 2015 
Rating: ★★★ 

Synopsis: The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—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 decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready to be left. 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. 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 maybe she never wants to…

This was a very fast read. I started it one evening and finished just a couple of hours later. Definitely a good Sunday evening read, although not the one that will stick with you forever. It’s pretty mainstream and it feels as if you’ve read it all before. But still, it was moderately enjoyable. Enjoyable because it had some cute parts. Moderately because it made me roll my eyes a lot.

Last Year’s Mistake is told through the eyes of its main character Kelsey. It’s written in before and after parts, which was nice because it gave an extra dimension to the story. We learned how Kelsey got to know David while simultaneously learning they weren’t on the greatest terms anymore and that she was living an entirely different life at the moment.

Did I like Kelsey? Sometimes I did, sometimes I seriously wanted to punch her. I’m conflicted. There were times I felt I could really relate to her, but then she sometimes acted so immature and foolish that it was hard to believe this was the person I thought I liked. She also needed to sort out her priorities. Fighting with someone for no particular reason but jealousy was a deal breaker for her, but she could cheat away and that wasn’t really a problem apparently. What she needed was common sense and the ability to empathise with others instead of just feeling bad for her miserable self.

David was your typical young adult boyfriend stereotype, but I liked him more than Kelsey. He was cute and seemed to have more brains. He also didn’t have the need to throw a fuss about everything. He was just a stronger character and therefore a lot more interesting. Although I did mind him taking girlfriends so damn easily when he clearly didn’t really have feelings for them.

The group of friends was okay although sort of underdeveloped. I genuinely enjoyed best friend Candy. She was fun and very vibrant. She’s the kind of girl everyone in your school probably knows about even though she’s hardly a ‘popular’ one. I’m not saying she always did the right thing, but she was interesting enough and I liked that she could talk some sense into Kelsey.

I can’t leave out Last Year’s Mistake of course, since the characters endlessly hint at it. Something big happened between David and Kelsey that drove them apart for a really long time. Kelsey literally packed up her stuff, moved to another town and banned every person she’d once known from her life. She left everyone but her family behind. So whoa, that must have been something, right? Yeah, about that… The whole terrible mistake seemed really ridiculous. I understand it made her feel bad. It was definitely something that would leave you with heartache. It just wasn’t the kind of thing that would make you turn around your life so drastically.

So this book had a lot of flaws, but in the end it’s an okay contemporary read. If you’re in the right mood you might enjoy it. I’m not so naive as to think every book I’m reading will be worthy of five stars. So try or don’t, it’s up to you. If you don’t set your expectations too high and don’t mind cheesy, cliche romances too much, you’ll find this book pleasant enough.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Maaike! I tagged you for the Liebster Award! <3


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