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How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you?

Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future?

And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye?

This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they'd be together for
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 1st 2004)
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Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*


Do me a favour will you? Break a rule today, go crazy, live in the moment. Open your heart. Now open it a little more. Love big, love even bigger. Don’t be afraid to stand up, to shout it out, to be heard. Say I LOVE YOU. Give it what for. Give love what for. For me.



This heartbreaking, amazingly beautiful love story is about stop doing and start being. That's what this book taught me. That's why I loved this book so much.

Ryan and Molly are meant to be together. Even if this book is not told in
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M. ~ B&B
Imagine. It strikes me what a beautiful word it is, full of hope, possibility and belief.



I'm writing this review with a huge lump in my throat. The story is so beautiful that I just want to break down and cry all over again. It's the most beautiful and most meaningful book I've read in a very long time and it will stick with me forever. I know it's a book that I will always want to reread, even 10, 20 or 30 years from now. This book completely changed me. I am so much like Molly, it's not ev
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Michelle
Popsugar challenge 2020 - A Book with a Main Character in their Twenties.

This is the story of Molly and Ryan, their first and their last kiss which span around 15 years.

Each chapter is a random moment in their lives and it's all out of order, it's like the romance book version of Pulp Fiction. Honestly all this time hopping was unnecessary. I enjoy multiple timelines if they have a point and now I'm at the end I feel that I would have enjoyed this way more if it was in chronological order. It a
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Jennifer Kyle
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cry-baby-books
4 1/2 First Last Kiss Stars

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“Kiss till you can't kiss any more, kiss on the street in front of everyone, kiss as if each one were the last.”

This story is a well written, realistic, slowly told love story. Be warned that the last 30 percent turns into a full blown sob fest. Think Fault in Our Stars by John Greene story line and ending.

The story goes from present to past but the past story line doesn’t flow chronologically. I found this slightly confusing as I was constantly trying to figure ou
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Jeanne
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-cry

The First Last Kiss is one of my favorite books of all time, I absolutely loved it. I can't say a lot about it, because it's one of those books that just has to be experienced.

Ryan and Molly's journey is a story about real life and real love. Their differences complement each other in the best way. Molly is someone who aspires to travel and have big experiences in life, where Ryan prefers to live simply closer to home. My favorite part of their relationship is that Ryan shows Molly that some
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Anna
Jul 02, 2013 marked it as hang-tight-be-right-back-to-you  ·  review of another edition
So I finally located this in paperback !! Waited 3 weeks for it to arrive.



The cost of blowing my heart to smithereens
80 cents !!!!! ❤❤
Reading this dedicated to Anyone who had ever loved, lost and loved again

PRICELESS

Let the weepfest begin .......
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Cat
HOW... DO... YOU... WORDS?!



*deep breathes 135454 times to regain composure*

Ali Harris, I want to bake you cupcakes.

How many kisses do we waste, brush away, throw away, and then, when they are no longer there, how many times do we wish that we could relive them all a hundredfold?

You find this book right? And then you're like "Oh, let me read the blurb see what is about", and it kind of feels like an okay book and your life is busy and stressed so you pick it up and start reading because you
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Molly and Ryan met in high school and they both wanted to be together but they never let the other know. After running into each other several times over the years, they finally get together, break up and then get married. Everything is perfect, right?

First things first, I really don't like the way this book was set up. Each chapter talks about a different kiss - that I liked. What I didn't like was the constant going back and forth in the timeline...it was sooo confusing. The good thing is tha
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Lucia
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lucia by: M. ~ B&B
My Molly and Ryan:


What happens when you meet The One when you are too young, when your dreams have not been fulfilled yet? You make mistakes. A big ones. And this is exactly what this story is about. Is Ryan the best thing that has ever happened to Molly? Is love strong enough to overcome unlike dreams and ideas about life? Or has destiny chosen completely different path for Molly?

"When you've been through what I have, gambled everything on love - and lost - you're never the same again. Not r
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Cynthia
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp
4.5 STARS

“You could have offered me a flight to the moon and I wouldn’t have gone if it had meant being apart from him.”

Molly and Ryan are two people who fell in love - the epic, flawed and once-in-a-lifetime kind. Their story is about life and compromise, with adorable moments that made swoon but also with such profound sadness that my heart broke.

“Well, that’s good because I know I love you, Molly Carter.”

My favourite character was by far and away Ryan. He was so sweet and caring, and came wit
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MK~ Picky Girl
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who can handle a deeply, profound love story!
Recommended to MK~ Picky Girl by: Marta ~ Ms Bossy AKA lil sis
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“Have you ever kissed someone and felt them slipping away from you even as you did it?
Have you imagined the day when their lips are not yours to kiss anymore?
Have you ever closed your eyes and tried desperately to hold on to that kiss, that moment in your mind and in your heart so you can remember it forever?”

There are so many books that I’ve read that lack substance, feeling, and character development. So many books that others loved and I find myself feeling “meh” about. Then a book
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Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts

I understand and even enjoyed the sentiment this story aims to convey. Live in the moment, enjoy what you have, don't take it for granted. It was emotional and I did enjoy the latter stages of the novel but to be blunt, the heroine irritated me to distraction. I understand that her character develops but even when she matures, I still found her inner thought process to be selfish and I did not really warm to her. Having said that, I did shed the odd tear so that is a plus point for me.

(I listen
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Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The First Last Kiss opens with Molly packing up her house in Essex, ready to move to somewhere new. As Molly puts items into the boxes, she re-lives her memories of the items and her life with Ryan, her first love. This is the story of Molly and Ryan, charted through their kisses. Each kiss comes with a memory, a time and a place in their lives, but soon Molly begins to realise just how important and valuable each and every kiss is. Molly takes the reader on a beautiful and moving journey of tru ...more
Fabulous Book Fiend
This review comes with a warning… I LOVED this book, so it might get a bit gushy in parts, you have been warned!

“Do kisses fade like Polaroids if you don’t pay attention to them?”
This is the beautifully written story of two people, Molly and Ryan, and their journey together over the course of twenty years told through Molly’s memories of kisses they share, and also the kisses they don’t share. Both main characters are very likable, even though they are so different. Molly isn’t your typical girl
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Nicola
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be a difficult review to write as I don't want to ruin the story if you are considering reading this book. I would certainly recommend you do so, as it is beautifully written and stirs every emotion.

Childhood sweethearts Molly and Ryan are wonderful, endearing, loveable characters. Whilst I worked out quite early on the route the story was taking, it totally absorbed me and I felt their happiness and their sorrow. Their journey is romantic and heartwarming with moments that made
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♡ Sasha -  TEAM ELLIE. ♥
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone In The Mood For A Good Cry
Recommended to ♡ Sasha - TEAM ELLIE. ♥ by: Marta
Wow...
5Free Myspace Glitters @ GlitterUniverse.com★★★★★ This Was A Beautiful & Special Story that I will forever remember


Full review to come...
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Dee Montoya
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Who would've thought that there are so many different types of kisses; the first kiss, the last kiss, the lets make up kiss, the hello kiss, the sexy kiss, the Till' death do us part kiss, and I can keep going on and on, because the truth is that we all have give, take or share one everyday, some times, so many that we don't stop to think and value how important all those kisses really are.

This book is the Love story of Ryan Cooper and Molly Carter, they are from the same town and have known eac
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Chloe
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply one of the best love stories... No scrap that. One of the best books I've ever had the honour of being able to read.
Bella Scotia
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Apologies for the length of this. It's split into two parts. The first part has no spoilers but the second part does (I give fair warning where you should stop reading if you haven't read the book)

This is a hard one to rate because I feel like it took forever to get going and if I'm being honest the constant to-ing and fro-ing through time is quite frustrating to begin with. The story begins with Molly packing up her home to move elsewhere. Her circumstances are very ambiguous and she starts to
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Monica
Once in a while, you come across a story that resonates with you, deep within, so much that its message becomes a part of you, or at least, you hope that it will.

This story was so beautifully written and spoke to me on such an emotional level.

I must warn you now, I either quote or discuss a lot of the points that resonated with me, and could be viewed as spoilers, so take heed in reading further.

"We cannot change our past. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do
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Erin
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those looking for a MEANINGFUL life changing book!!
Recommended to Erin by: Ms. Bossy!
Molly and Ryan are one of my favorite book couples! I absolutely loved their story. This book had so many valuable life lessons and I know I will be rereading this book more than once in the years to come. It is going right on my favorites shelf!

When we start the book we encounter Molly in the year 2012. We know she is not with Ryan, and we don’t know why. She is in the middle of a move and she is packing up her life, and while doing so encounters a lot of reminders of her and Ryan’s time togeth
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Olga


"Love big, love even bigger. Don't be afraid to stand up, to shout it out, to be heard. Say I love you. Give it what for. Give love what for. For me. Because I didn't. And now I can't."

What an amazing, heart-stopping, eye-opening and unique read. What I loved about this story was how real and genuine it felt. From the very beginning, the pain and feeling of unspeakable loss emanated from the pages of this incredible book. The characters were flawed and their imperfections made the story more
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E.M. Abel
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish all of you would go and kiss your loved ones right now and savor it- and savor every one that follows it. Because when you know that those kisses are finite, that each one you share is brining you close to goodbye, you'll wonder why you wasted so many.

If I could give this book 10 STARS I would. First I'd like to say thank you to my friend, Marta, for recommending it. When she told me it was her all time favorite book I knew I had to read it. She never says those types of things light
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Shaz Goodwin
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest right from the start and say I absolutely loved Ali Harris’ second novel. Her debut, Miracle on Regent Street was a ‘keeper’ for me so The First Last Kiss had a lot to live up to. It surpassed her debut for me. This review is going to be hard to write!

To begin with I loved the structure. We start on 5 January 2012 … moving day for Molly. This on its own is a very poignant scene. She’s watching a DVD and this connects with the structure as we’re taken through the journey of Mo
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Jennifer Joyce
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The First Last Kiss is told in snippets, rewinding and fast forwarding through Molly Carter and Ryan Cooper's stormy relationship as well as showing Molly in the present day as she packs up her home in preparation of a big move. We don’t know where Molly and Ryan stand or how their relationship has developed over the years since they got together but there are teasing clues to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens with them. I wasn’t sure how the book would work to begin with, flip ...more
Ana
HOLY MOLLY!(no pun intended:))
WHAT A BOOK!!!

I loved it! Every single page of it! Seriously, I was expecting an emotional book, but this..this is..OMG, I have no words to describe how good, emotional and moving this book is.
I heard great comments about it and many of my friends here on GR have already read it and enjoyed it, but I had no idea I will devour this book in just a bit more than 24 hours.

This is a moving story about a couple, Ryan and Molly, who have been on and off for a long time, 6
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Emer (A Little Haze)
Review January 2018, read March to April 2014

A book that took me weeks to get through due to an awkward writing style but one that I still ultimately loved.

The book seemingly randomly jumped time periods throughout the read and I found these jumps really hard to come to terms with. They were confusingly constructed but I persisted with the book, rereading chapters etc if I had to, and the payoff was worth it. Yes ultimately the big reveal was a little bit 'tv movie of the week'-esque but it was
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Book-shelf Shelf
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really don't know how to write a review about this book, there is so much to say, but i don't want to give anything away.
It is like reading a diary for me personally, but a diary i never wrote. Ali has got in our heads and written the thoughts, fears, laughter and tears. This is a book that has made me laugh and cry ( Like Mia, I don't cry... At all). It is a book that will stay in me for the rest of my life (I cant actually put it on a shelf as re-reading some of it is especial).

But it is al
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Maida
One of the most heartbreaking books that I have ever read. :(

It's possible that I'll eventually write a review on this novel (if this ache in my chest ever subsides).

*4/5 stars*


Thanks to Jeanne for the book recommendation! <3
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Andrea
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
There is a good story buried somewhere amongst the pages of this book... It's just twice as long as it should be.
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