I'm trying, contemporary young adult (romance), I really am. I want to start liking you as a genre again, so I'm going to read more of you in 2014. I started off with Jennifer E. Smith's This Is What Happy Looks Like. It didn't wow me, but I'll give the author another shot. There's good news, though! There's (at least) one contemporary YA book I'm unequivocally excited for this year: Claire LaZebnik’s The Last Best Kiss. LaZebnik writes young adult retellings of Austen books, and I loved Epic Fail, her take on Pride and Prejudice. The Last Best Kiss is based on Persuasion, which is one of my favorite books ever. I. CAN'T. WAIT. It will be released by HarperTeen on April 22, 2014.
Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.
All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.
Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too....
With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.
What books are you waiting on?