Ciocca, Gina Last Year’s Mistake, 313 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2015. $17.99 Content: Language: R (75 swears; 6 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13 (Underage drinking); Violence: PG.
Kelsey met David over the summer and they became instant best friends and as luck would have it, David is moving to Kelsey’s school. Kelsey is quiet and doesn’t like the social scene, but David gets along fine with all of Kelsey’s old friends. As a misunderstanding creeps up between Kelsey and David, Kelsey is glad to have her family’s move be the perfect escape from her and David’s struggling friendship and to reinvent herself. So when David moves to her new school, she has to sort through all of her past feelings.
This book switches back and forth between the past and the present. The friendship between David and Kelsey seems deep, but the reasons behind Kelsey leaving David behind are confusing and once they are revealed it made me not like the book as much. I didn’t like the back and forth because it made the story drag on. Also Kelsey toyed with too many people’s emotions and it made her unlikable.
HS-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.