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The Last Dance

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  227 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Two people couldn't be more opposite...

Kellen Peterson, the gorgeous star quarterback of the Griffin High football team, seems to have it all. Until the night of the Homecoming game, when Kellen gets tackled and suffers a traumatic brain injury - an injury that changes his life - including his ability to walk, talk and throw a football.

Ivy Ly is a senior and counting dow...more
Paperback, first, 268 pages
Published February 14th 2013 by Fair Wind Books
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Once Upon
It's been a while since I've managed to read a book, let alone a paperback book, in one day. That being said, I couldn't put this book down. Every second of downtime with my children on Saturday found this book in my hands and my eyes furiously devouring the story.

The Last Dance centers around Ivy Ly, a high school senior with a very planned and prepared for Ivy League future waiting for her after graduation. Ivy has a mother who has been strict with her time since she started playing the piano...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
As soon as Kiki Hamilton revealed her plans to release a YA contemporary book, The Last Dance, I was thrilled. I love her Faerie Ring series so I was excited to see her try her hand at something different and The Last Dance proves just how talented she is.

The Last Dance is told in alternative points of view, going between Kellen and Ivy. Kellen is a star football player for the school's team and Ivy is a quiet girl who likes to keep her head down and study. Both characters feel a certain amount...more
Kiki Hamilton
Dec 08, 2012 Kiki Hamilton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
“Funny, serious, sad and joyful, Kiki Hamilton will pull you in by the heart and never let you go." - Amy Fellner Dominy, author of OyMG and Audition & Subtraction
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
The Last Dance is a totally cliché and fluffy book.

Some people may get tired of this type of story but for me, it’s still a big hit. It has your typical high school jock and quite girl and the happy and sad in between. I don't really know but once I started reading I just had to finish it and find out how Ivy and Kellan’s story would end. Good thing, the majority of the story works out well for me.

Their paths rarely cross.
He's the star football player and she's the quite future Ivy League Girl.
Nov 23, 2012 Angela marked it as to-read
This is an interesting change from Kiki's Faerie Ring series: fantasy to contemporary. But it looks interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it! :)
Feb 07, 2013 Rachel marked it as to-read
It's sounds so sweet.. Something different from everything I have ever heard before.
Book # 57 for 2014

This is a cute short read.

The blurb was very simple and it really didn't harp on the serious side of the story, it was just about two teenagers who were, as fate would have it, destined to be together.

It was a breath of fresh air actually, and there wasn't really a lot of drama going on which I very much appreciated. I needed a breather from the sick/disturbing/soap-opera-drama novels that I've been reading lately. :-)

It's a good read for teens as well, so they'll learn the val...more
Kellan is the star quarterback at high school. He's got a hot girlfriend, an incredible future ahead of him, and great grades. All of that is changed when he is seriously concussed during the homecoming game. When he gets back to school, Ivy is assigned to tutor him. She's a stereotypical Asian girl: she's very intelligent, pressured at home, and planning to be a doctor. The only hitch is that Ivy would rather be a musician than a doctor. Mira, Ivy's best friend, has a huge crush on Kellan and s...more
Sally Kruger
Kellen's life is football and Ivy's is all about preparing for her future career. The two teens attend the same high school, but their paths rarely cross. That is until Kellen's tragic football injury.

After an unusually hard hit leaves Kellen with a closed brain injury, he finds that maybe there is more to life than football. His cheerleader girlfriend drops him faster than he can sit up in his hospital bed, and he finds himself recovering alone.

When he returns to school, the principal has arra...more
Heather Sowalla
Romance is on the horizon for these two main characters in The Last Dance. The main character, male lead, known to us as Q suffered from a horrible brain injury suffered after taking a hit during a football game that changed his life forever. Ivy our female lead was the complete opposite than who Q normally hung out with. Being stereotyped we see how Ivy with her Asian family was the model for what a student should be like. Study hard, practice all the time, and aim high. Ivy was a brilliant stu...more
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Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for a honest review.


Wow this book was so good, its my first book by Ms Hamilton and it certainly wont be my last.
I completely fell in love with the writing style and the characters. This book has two main characters with alternating POVs. Ivy Ly is a senior and really really smart, she is asked to tutor Kellen Peterson after a knock on the football field left him with a brain injury, while tryi...more

Alright, I will be honest. I didn't go into this book because I thought it was the most fantastic premise for the book and I was incredibly excited for it. I wanted to read this book because Kiki Hamilton and I have a history (and I doubt she even knows it!).

When I first started really getting into YA blogging (I had been book blogging for years prior, but made the transition and really went from a casual blogger to an every day one), I wrote to Kiki- essentially a fan email. Kiki was so awesome...more
The Last Dance by Kiki Hamilton is a poignant story about two people on opposite sides of the spectrum. Kellen Peterson is the high school football quarterback star whose life is changed after suffering a serious brain injury during a game that leaves him paralyzed. Ivy Ly is the quiet girl that cannot wait to graduate high school and move on to college. Going against her parents’ wishes, she wants to pursue a career in music. Agreeing to tutor Kellen in order for Ivy’s friend, Mira, to get to k...more
The Last Dance took me through so many different emotions. I was happy, I was sad, I was shocked, I was laughing. This is one of those books that makes you feel things. It takes you on an emotional journey. Ivy and her friend Mira are a hoot. Where Ivy is serious, Mira is totally zany and unpredictable. And then you have Kellan. And honestly, those three characters are enough to make this book great. But the story is also so compelling. Kellan had a super serious injury from football that kind o...more
Megan (The Book Babe)
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The Last Dance was a bit of a disappointment for me. I was expecting a fun, sweet romance, but it turned out to be more of a cliched fluff book. Sometimes that's good, but in this case it kind of sucked. I have no inspiration about what I want/need to say about it-- it didn't provoke any real emotions for me.

I found Kellan and Ivy's relationship to be...I don't know, boring. They didn't have any true chemistry...more
Siew Ee
The first time I read a YA romance fiction with an Asian as the main protagonist. Ivy’s character suffers a little from stereotyping - smart, diligent, obedient, reserved, prudish etc - but ultimately, it’s realistically portrayed in terms of her upbringing and incalculated values for a typical migrant Asian family. Reading this book did remind me of the “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua!

That aside, I like the book. The story switches back and forth between Kellen and Ivy’s POVs, so...more
3 1/2 stars - It's a sweet love story with some life lessons woven into it.

I went back and forth between 3 stars and 4, so I finally fell on 3 1/2.

This book was hard for me to read but it probably won't have the same affect on you. I have someone very close to me that has had a brain injury and so this story touched a few sore spots for me. I think that's why when I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I needed to know the ending. So I read it in four hours straight through.

I like Kellen...more
Overall Rating 1.5

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This book would seem to be written by a person like myself. And trust me that is NOT a good thing. Despite my passion for reading, I don't have what it takes to write a short story for school, don't even get me started on writing a novel.

The Last Dance was utterly disorganized and mighty irritating. Each chapter kept rehashing what the previous chapter already said. So much for drama. I found the main character to be such a h...more
Ivy is super smart and her parents have dreams of her becoming a doctor, so they push her to succeed. Kellan is the star quarterback, super popular with the perfect cheerleader girlfriend. When a hard hit leaves Kellan with a brain injury that causes physical problems, Ivy is selected to help him get caught in his classes. As they work together, sparks fly, but Ivy's best friend has been crushing on Kellan for a year, so Ivy knows they can't be together.

This book is enjoyable and fun, but it's a...more
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This was one of the sweetest books I've read this year. Author has done a fantastic job by sending a message so easily and without any effort. This story revolves around Kellen and Ivy both HS senior. Both have their own dreams to follow and this story is about love, loyalty, friendship, life changing choices. This story describes how we've to make certain choices which are very hard to take, deciding what is right for us and about how we always have a choice to make how we can follow our heart...more
Justjay Go
The blurb captivated me from the beginning and I couldn't wait to read this. The beginning was kinda hard to read as it was a bit dragging and some scenes could have been deleted. Kellan, is a typical jock, popular brainy quarterback, has a hot cheerleader girlfriend and has a wonderful family. Ivy, is a stereotype bookworm and shy and focus more on getting on to an Ivy League Uni. They were forced to be in each other's company because of some unfortunate incident that happened to Kellan. It was...more
3.5 Stars for
-Being cute, fluffy, sweet and everything nice
-Asian (Or oriental as I like to say) main character
-A decent mostly realistic teenage hero
-Dual pov
-The cover (idk but I found it to be adorable)
etc etc

-1 stars?
-It dragged on in the beginning
-Ivy's bestie was unlikable
-The romance needed more substance and time to actually develop, than the instant ILYs: the MC's could have been more involved in each others personal lives for the love story to look more real
-Ivy's family needed more ex...more
Selena Lang
I thought this would be a good story from the blurb, but I was bored with it soon after I started the book. I just could not finish this one.
Mina Singh
Excellent read. This story stars high-school football star Kellen, also known as "Q" and Ivy Ly an absolute genius. After Kellen is seriously hurt in the homecoming game, and faces brain injury, the school principal volunteers Ivy Ly to tutor him. Ivy's best friend Mira has had a huge crush on Kellen for a long-time, but despite this Kellen and Ivy begin to like each other. There are many obstacles in their way (injury, education, parent's dream, their own dreams, etc.). However, the book emphas...more
If you want a good clean read with some romance in it this is the book for you! I really enjoyed the story and especially liked how at least half of the story centered around the star quarterback of the football team and the brain injury he suffered in the homecoming game. The book delves into contact sports brain injuries and the recovery from them and how some people don't recover. Plus at the same time there is a good line of romance going on with the girl being a concert pianist and musician...more
Genney Blass
4 stars, I must I really did enjoy this book, even though I am not a fan of High School Pre-Teen wet behind the ears, emotionally books. But it was a very nice and heart warming book. Kellen and Ivy made an adorable couple from the get go. Even though there was so many things that were stopping them to get involve. But it was sweet, just like them. Bravo to Kellen's parents, and his friends who had his back and didn't want him to be depressed. Mira, well she was huh, crazy girl who didn't know w...more
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Lily wants to study music when she graduates high school, but her parents want her to be a doctor. Unable to disappoint them she dedicates herself to her studies, burying her dream (and herself) in schoolwork. Her best friend Mira is obsessed with Kellen, the school’s star quarterback, but Ivy doesn’t have time for boys or for love.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...
2.5/5 -- I think the story is cute even though it's ordinary and a bit stereotypical. It's a nice thing to read if you want to take a break from a book you're currently reading or if you're in between books. I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters, but the story makes up for it. It doesn't leave that much impression which makes it much easier to delve into your next read.
It was light and heartwarming but also a bit sad at times and had the characters dealing with some difficult stuff. I really liked seeing the evolution of the relationship of the two main characters. The story didn't go too.. in depth/ expand on some things I would've liked to know more about but I really enjoyed it overall. It was a quick and cute read.
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Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and the YA contemporary novel, THE LAST DANCE. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day. Visit her website at:

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