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Last Year's Mistake

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  5,626 ratings  ·  600 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Simon Pulse
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“Ryan,” I bleated. “I’m sorry.” I wanted to tell him everything, tell him that he wasn’t the only one who’d done something despicable. Part of me wanted him to know how I’d kissed David and then come back and slept in his bed like nothing had happened. How I was just as disgusted with myself, if not more, than I was by what he had done. But watching him break down, I knew there was no point. I’d only hurt him more.
Oh, boo fucking hoo. I have so much sympathy for a cheater.

This book is about a
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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*Possible spoilers, although I wouldn't call them full-blown spoilers just because of the sheer predictability of this book on its own.

My initial thought after reading the book was simply oh, how nice, but after much self-deliberation and intense thinking, I've come to the conclusion that this book was absolutely frustrating.

You don't understand how much I wanted to hit Kelsey across the head. To say the least, I'd describe her as a
Gina Ciocca
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi there! I wrote this book for so many reasons, the biggest being that the experiences and emotions I went through as a teenager in high school have never stopped resonating with me. I wanted to take all of those feelings and tell a story about two people who find a way into each other's hearts, only to part ways on bad terms, and what happens when they think they've put their feeling aside and are forced to face them.

It was important to me to do this in a way that felt true to the high school
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss.)

“How dare he breeze back into my life in his stupid green T-shirt that clung to his ridiculously sexy chest and try to act like the last year had never happened?”

This was quite a slow YA contemporary romance, and it didn’t hold my attention well.

Kelsey was a girl who seemed to want to hide that she had known David before he started going to her school, even though she had
I tried so hard not to cry reading this...I really did.
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But I failed. Terribly.

Last Year's Mistake though, is not a book I want to connect emotionally with. I want to be totally disengaged so I can say without a doubt that I didn't like it! And while this may sound like total crazy-talk...just hear me out.

Have you ever read a book with characters so dumb that you just wish you could fling it at a wall? Or someone's head?
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This is one of those books. I wish I could write:
(A) A review about how
“A lifetime isn't forever, so take the first chance, don't wait for the second one! Because sometimes, there aren't second chances! And if it turns out to be a mistake? So what! This is life! A whole bunch of mistakes! But if you never get a second chance at something you didn't take a first chance at? That's true failure.”

----C. JoyBell C, an American author

Gina Ciocca, an American author, penned her debut YA novel, Last Year's Mistake that centers around two high school teenagers and their
Dec 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 1-2-stars-read
I feel like this was just waste of my time :/
And I was truly looking forward to this novel.
Guess I am too old for this level of high school teenage drama.
Full review later
Shannon Moore
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Some people are going to love this book and some are seriously going to hate it. If you can make it to the halfway point, it does get much better.

In general, I loved the flashback chapters that took place during Kelsey and David's friendship, but kind of hated the present chapters. The writing is solid and definitely packs a punch, but Kelsey wasn't a terribly likeable heroine.

Oh the angst though. Love it!! Will check out more from this author in the future. <3

Anabel (inthebookcorner)
DNF'd at 46% because nobody got time to continue reading a book that they're not enjoying :)
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Piece of the worst shit I have ever read. Really cheesy predictable bull. Definitely this year's mistake. I dnfed it 50% in. I was so annoyed with everyone.
Marla Mei
Oct 27, 2014 marked it as not-sure
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author

Summary (from Goodreads):

Is there anything that electric chemistry can't overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.

The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends - until the night a
Gabe "The Dungeon Master" Graffam
Welcome back to... Gaaabbbbbbeeeesss booooooooook review:

This was a very bad book, I would not recommend it. It is through the eyes of a woman named kelsey, she's in high school. Her old friend, soon to be boyfriend came from his high-school after moving. He had asked her out, and she rejected him, even though she liked him. It really didn't make sense, why not break up with her current boyfriend, and get with him. I did not enjoy this book, there was a certain lack of logic, and empathy. 3/13
Sep 10, 2014 marked it as could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan of books that start off with the main protagonist in a relationship but throughout the book some other guy is getting her attention and cheating happens and the poor boyfriend is left clueless until he finds out or she breaks up with him. I'm DNF-ing it for sure. It is my fault, I will analyze he synopsis of contemporaries from now on to make sure a such a theme isn't present
Apr 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF @ page 58.

This book is so bad that I'm going to do something I've never EVER done before. I'm going to actually try to return it to the bookseller.
Nova Zaiden
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I gave this one half a star ugh.

Me and this book certainly had disagreements. And that's putting it lightly. Bluntly, I couldn't agree with anything or anyone in this novel. I found the relationships to be unhealthy and the characters in need of a dose of reality. - Nova @ Out of Time

Jeez, this book. I was very disappointed in the beginning and downright angry at the end. In my opinion, this is such an
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I've been pining for Last Year's Mistake ever since I saw the original cover. While not without its flaws, the book turned out to be very hard to put down. I wouldn't call it the most memorable read, but I can't deny that it had entertainment value.

I think the biggest flaw when it came to Last Year's Mistake was Kelsey for me. She's not very easy to like from the get go, mostly because she came across as extremely judgmental. I also took issue with the way she slut shamed every female character
Uu, this cover is so cute, but why june 2015? I want it now, damn it, all books seem to be half year away when I want them *sigh*
Apr 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Every once in a while a romance novel comes along that makes you believe in love again and believe that people who are meant to be together always find a way to be together in the end. That was not this book. I don't even know where to start, this whole thing was awful in my opinion, and honestly, I don't see myself reading anything by this author again. I hated Kelsey, when I say hate I truly mean hate. She was the type of girl that I have long hated, the girl who doesn't recognize the feelings ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
There were things I liked and things I didn't...mostly all related to stupid teenager-type stuff. Sorta felt like reading my journal from high school, which is both a good and bad thing, lol. One thing, though...after reading this, I really wish they would've kept the original cover...kissing in the rain is relevant, both to my interests and the story.

Full review to come.


An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
A love story about a pair of hypocritical cheaters.

Kelsey, who's not like those other girls, is living the high school dream of dating an alcoholic bully and yucking it up with a pair of cheerleaders she doesn't respect or particularly like. Suddenly her life is flip turned upside down when her ex-best friend shows up at her school. She wants to be cool, but David's all up in her face and alkie bf is totes jealous and it's a big thing and what's going to happen to Kelse's fresh start? :(

May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-addiction, 2015
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Michelle Wrona
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Here we have another (fantabulous) addition to my 5-star streak of 2015. Not that I'm sighing, taking deep breaths, or am acting depressed in any kind of way. None of that. Instead, THIS IS THE MOST ASTONISHING THING TO HAVE HAPPENED TO ME FOR YEARS AND MONTHS AND CENTURIES AND... you hopefully get what I'm trying to say. Last Year's Mistake is the most cute novel that I've read this year and I can't simply
Last Year's Mistake, is told in a before and after alternating chapters as we start off with senior year and Kelsey Crawford's life is just about perfect. Things at home are good, she has real friends and a boyfriend who adores her, but that all changed the minute she saw David Kerrigan walking down the hall at her school. Back up to the summer of freshman year and we see a younger David and Kelsey meeting for the first time at Kelsey's uncle's summerhouse. They become fast friends, best friends ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m always a huge fan of second chance romances. I always love that anticipation of our characters paths crossing once more and that dread in the pit of your stomach of not knowing how things are going to work out this time, but enjoying the slow build up of possible things that could be. For some reason I didn’t realise that Last Year’s Mistake was based around a second chance romance, but I’m so glad that I gave it a go, as the romance was done beautifully.

Kelsey and David became fast best
Amy Clipston
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!! I was hooked on the first page! Could not put it down. Read it in a little over 24 hours. Just wonderful. I highly recommend it to fans of young adult romance. Just amazing! I can't wait for Gina Cicocca's next book.
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
I loved the back and forth in this book. It follows two story lines, one from a few years ago and the current one now. So we get to see both stories play out at the same time, unless you're that freak like me that read the back story first because I just HAD to know. I couldn't wait and so I read the back story first and then the main story.

I liked this book, it was fun, cute and at times sweet but it also had some cheating and some parts just made no sense to me, like the whole reason she's
Bri •Books and Bri•

Here we have yet another YA contemporary romance surrounding emotionally immature teens who refuse to communicate and instead decide to date and sleep with other people rather than face their feelings. NOPE.

This was a quick read, but it was chock full of genre tropes and cliches. It was easy to see where the story was heading, and with little to no emotional ties to the characters, I was bored for most of this read.

Others have said this already, so I won't hash it out too much. This is
Rachel Solomon
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A strong romantic debut, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE chronicles Kelsey's complex relationship with her best friend/enemy/love interest, David. The story unfolds non-linearly, one timeline showing how the two become best friends and struggle to remain close until Kelsey moves away after a mysterious incident. The other shows how they come back together a year later. Both timelines are packed with ups and downs, and each chapter ending made me hungry to turn the page.

When Kelsey and David meet again
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