ARC Review: Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca!!!

Posted June 5, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 7 Comments

Last Year’s Mistake
Gina Ciocca
Release Date: 06/09/2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Received From: Edelweiss

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 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.

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Last Year’s Mistake told the story of Kelsey, the main character, through a mixture of scenes that took place in present day plus a lot of flashbacks. The flashbacks helped to explain the backstory of Kelsey and her relationships with Ryan, her current boyfriend, and David, her old guy friend. In my opinion, I think that Gina Ciocca did an amazing job of transitioning between present day and the flashbacks. One of the common themes that often annoys me while reading books is when there isn’t enough backstory, but I never had that issue with this book, and I absolutely loved that!

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions for me, because of everything that happened to Kelsey during her high school years. Imagine having a best friend that you could tell everything to, until one day, a person came between you, and you could feel your friendship slowly starting to fade away. That was what happened to Kelsey and David back while they were sophomores. And after one terrible, terrible day, they never spoke another word to each other…Until David suddenly transferred into Kelsey’s school during their senior year. Kelsey was put on the spot, stuck in between her past and her present.

Before I go further, I will admit that there are a lot of cliches in this book, along with a love triangle, but you know what? I still enjoyed it, and thought that it was a cute, light contemporary read. The only reason why I didn’t love this book was due to Ryan, aka Kelsey’s boyfriend. From the very beginning he rubbed me the wrong way. As I continued reading, I will say that he surprised me, but I’m not going to say why. It just frustrated me because I always felt like Kelsey could do so much better than Ryan. Then again, that frustration motivated me to continue reading, so I guess there was a purpose to it!

As I mentioned previously, if you like reading books with lots of backstory, you will love this book. I really enjoyed it and give it 4/5stars.

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7 responses to “ARC Review: Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca!!!

  1. I’m so undecided about this book. Right now I have it marked as a pass because I really don’t enjoy love triangles but I keep coming back to it (I blame the cover).

    I just finished 99 Days which seems to have a similar feel to it and I enjoyed it more than I expected so maybe I’ll reconsider this one now. The backstory bit really appeals to me…hmm the conundrum!

  2. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

    I’m so glad you liked this one, Nori. Sadly, I DNFed it the other day because I didn’t appreciate how Kelsey shamed some of her peers.

    I might try to read it again at a later point, but who knows.

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