Review: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Expected Publication: June 9th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC, Paperback, 320 pages
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Before: 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...
After: 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.

Readers, as seen on a Goodreads poll, prefer to read a book only based on the cover and the description if it sounded like something they'd like. Thus, Last Year's Mistake is not for everyone. The synopsis could turn you off. Before reading LYM, I brought it at school for my friends to see and if they are interested to read it. A guy friend read the synopsis and said it's 'common' or the usual per se. But I am different, I don't read the synopsis first, I prefer reading a book when I see it many times on bloggers' blogs or Instagram accounts.

Last Year's Mistake is taken from the the view of Kelsey in alternating points of her past and present. After a year of moving from Connecticut, Kelsey's present is perfect—with her oh so hot boyfriend, cool friends and acclivitous popularity. But she's not expecting things to stir when David showed up in her school in Rhode Island being a new transferee. Kelsey then is deranged when she realizes her old feelings on David are trying to appear and imperils her second chance of felicity.

I think it is a mistake that Gina Ciocca wrote Last Year's Mistake with such plot. It could have been deserving of a high star rating because it is diverting and cunning but with a plot that is foreseeable? Naaah. It doesn't click readers. It's just a disappointment.

Other than that, Last Year's Mistake is written well paced. I am one of the readers who love alternating chapters from the protagonist's past and present. Kelsey pulled me into her past—from meeting David, to their fun activities, her melancholic behaviors and to where they are on the present. But on the present chapters, their high school drama is just a bit overwhelming. Spoiler alert; Just highlight the part: While Kelsey is not seeing herself truly, or shall I say, just being blind on what she truly feels, David is hella cute and good on pretending? No, keeping his lips closed. He's one of the boys who speaks for his feelings on 11:59!

It's not that LYM has less moral lesson than I expect to on most books but it touched cancer. Cancer is a very affecting part on the book. It's a small account actually but I have not felt that kind of effect on cancer when reading The Fault In Our Stars. That part will tear you down.

Last Year's Mistake may not be a WOW read but I liked it. And as much as I wanted to recommend it to everyone, I can't. I feel sorry for the plot on being pretty much predictable. But this would be great for others who have not read books with the same story lately or have not yet read. Also for those who like mind-boggling high school dramas.

Interested to read 'Last Year's Mistake'?
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Source: Author · I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content.
Yani

Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë:
"And from the midst of cheerless gloom
I passed to bright unclouded day."

16 comments

  1. Nice review! I read this couple of weeks ago and did not like it. Usually, I enjoy alternating past and present chapters, but in this case it did not work for me. Plus I could not connect with Kelsey at all :/

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    1. Thanks, Lucia!
      Yep. I had a bit of conflict, too. Sorry it did not work on you. But it's good if you'll give it a chance some other time. :)

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  2. i have a copy of this one too Yani but i haven't felt all too compelled to read it just yet. I've heard a lot of the same things you said, so i've been wary but i'm still glad you managed to enjoy it in the end!

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    1. I enjoy how it is written and how the story goes, Lily, but as I've said, pretty much foreseeable. I hope time will come you'll read it! You might love it more than I do. :)

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  3. I've been hearing so many bad things about this book omg. I recently read a review were the reader preferred if Kelsey was never even in the book! I'm like damn that's our main character yo lmao. I was offered to read this but passed it up, by the synopsis I knew it wasn't for me.

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    1. Glad you passed! I am 50/50 on recommending this book to people, Martika. Yep, I sort of agree that it's better if Kelsey is not there! Well, for some parts of the book bc she's annoying.

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  4. Oh my gosh, I've been seeing bad reviews of this book :( and it sounds awesome. The cover is a little cheesy for my liking. I'm still unsure if I'll ever give this book a go but thanks for the heads up! :)

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    1. I still enjoyed some parts of the book but I'm having problems with the others especially it's plot. I like the cover, too. You're welcome, Paula! ;)

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  5. It seems like this is a book with a lot of potential but it ended up being a bit too predictable for your liking. Which is a shame really :/ I haven't actually been too interested in this book even though I have seen it around a lot. I think I am gonna pass this one up. But glad you could enjoy it reasonably well.

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    1. You sum it up, Olivia. I would not really recommend this to everyone. Just to those who are interested even having such plot.

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  6. I've been pretty curious about this book for a while now, and I didn't get the chance to read it, yet. I love alternating chapters between past and present, so I think this might be a great fit for me. Even if the story is predictable, it can still be something I will enjoy on a rainy day inside! :)
    It was great to read your opinion about it, thank you for the review! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Marie! Well, I'll agree on you that you like this read on rainy days bc *Spoiler alert: It contains part that happened on a rainy day/night.* You're welcome. ;)

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  7. Great review, Yani! I read the synopsis before your review and I get what you mean about the predictability of the plot. But despite that I'm still interested in reading this just because I was really curious about the mistake they did.

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    1. Thank you, Erleen! Oh yes, some people still go with LYM bc of some reasons inspite of the foreseeable plot. I hope you would love it!

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  8. I gave this book three stars as well! I wish I had liked it more, because I LOVE the author - she is so sweet! I'll definitely be looking for more of her books in the future.

    Fantastic review, Yani!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  9. I wish that and I love her, too! You're right that she's so sweet. I just pity the book she wrote. She should have wrote it wonderfully like her personality. :/ Thanks, Alyssa! <3

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