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Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate's sexual assault.

Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone.

No one knows the real story about what happened that nigh
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by HarperTeen
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Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
“If I maintain my silence about my secret it is my prisoner...if I let it slip from my tongue, I am ITS prisoner.”

----Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher

Kristin Halbrook, an American author, pens her new novel, Every Last Promise that centers around the dangers and consequences of harvesting a secret within oneself and how it completely changes one's life.


Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about
Initial Thoughts: About 3.5 stars. Never would I have thought that I would dislike a main character so much and still continue reading. Part of it was curiosity. I really wanted to know what happened that night. I kind of guessed about halfway through the book. But I still kept reading. I think that this book does have an important message and is worth reading, especially if you are in high school or know/have teens of that age.

The Review:
Every Last Promise is a powerful story that grabs the re
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was an interesting mystery story, and I really wanted to know what had been going on!

Kayla was an okay character, but she really was a bit of a coward. She ran away and told people that she didn’t remember what had happened, when really she should have been standing up, telling the truth, and helping out a friend who really needed her. I know she was scared that people
Hannah McBride
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I cannot rate this book. Not yet. I need to give it time beyond my intense feelings of pure rage. Because this is messed up.

ETA Full Review:

My initial feeling when I finished this book was rage. Pure, total, blinding rage. And disappointment. I just ... expected so much more. From Kristin Halbrook, from Kayla, from EVERY LAST PROMISE. Instead, I was left with anger and sadness and a bitter taste that almost had me hurling this book across the room, but I stopped because said eARC was on my iPad
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Kayla witnessed something at a party that she wasn’t supposed to and it’s something that she’s trying to forget. She hasn’t told anybody because of the events that happened and how they’ve changed her world. She loved her home town and it was a place that loved her in return but now, after spending time at her Aunt’s house it’s a place that hates her and she has no-one but her family for support. As time goes on, Kayla’s guilt starts to eat away at her but can she reveal what happened that night ...more
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy via edelweiss for review purposes.

Every Last Promise surprised me. It deals with a very sensitive topic - sexual assault, so be warned if it's something that triggers you. It surprised me because the reader gets an in depth look into the inner workings of small town mentality on a range of issues. It's daring and raw, brutal and honest.

At first, it starts out with a car accident in which a teen ends up dead, and Kayla becomes a pariah. That same night, before the accident
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I really want to like this book.

Every Last Promise sounds so promising, and trust me it is. It has a very important, sensitive plot. But I just couldn't connect with the characters, and the writing seems so juvenile. And some parts feel so watered down as well.

Fun fact: the main guy is Filipino and Philippines was mentioned a couple of times, so there's that.
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This story dragged for longer than necessary and was too similar to Pretty Little Liars for my liking.

Opening Sentences: This is a story about heroes. I am not one of them.

The Review:

This is the second story of late that has reminded me of the television series Pretty Little Liars. At first, the resemblance was irritating: four popular and beautiful best friends living in a small town with their perfect simple lives, and then how suddenly all th
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

Every Last Promise is a Young Adult contemporary novel. The narrator is high school student Kayla. She lives in a small town.

The chapters alternate back and forth between Spring and Fall.

I would highly recommend not reading the book blurb for this book. IMO, the things it discusses are mainly things that we only become aware of towards the end of the story. I am very happy that I only read the blurb months ago when I requested this book. I feel like finding out the details of the story would not
Brandi Kosiner
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars (liked it)
I wanted to read Last Promise because I looked Halbrook's other novel and I am drawn to these types of books and subjects. It deals with such hard real life topics and I like when authors address then realistically and give an in to discuss such subjects like sexual assault and think through things like what would I do if I witnessed something like that. Or if I were the victim....

It was pretty confusing with the time line jumping back and forth. I never really got a sense of
Tayane Cristie
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016

It was an interesting story, which the main plot should be a mystery, but as I knew what the book was about (because of the publisher's marketing and the synopsis) it didn't surprise me much. Anyway, it is a strong book, with a tough issue to deal with. Kayla irritated me a bit, but I understand her, despite I wish she had taken a different decision when the thing happened, even after, when she went back to school.

What I didn't like much was that it didn't show what would happen to the boy
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
"We are taught fear, we girls."

This is another amazing story about the struggle to fit in and belong and have everyone love you versus telling the truth and revealing the ugly secrets everyone hides.

It's so well done and I thought Kayla's struggle was very real. And I thought Bean, Selena, Jen and Jay were all captured in a way that was very real as well - even if I didn't like them. I like that Kayla wasn't squeaky clean and came with her own flaws and issues - but who doesn't.

We don't have to
Rape stories always leave me agitated and violent, this one was no exception. The guys deserved serious jail time. I felt so sorry for Bean.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

I received an advanced readers copy from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

This book was a quick and easy read for fans of YA. Not only was it easy to get through but it also dealt with a very relevant subject. As I was reading I was reminded of numerous stories on TV that were similar. Some of them were on the news and others on those news magazine shows. I remember watching a few
A warning to those who are going to read the book: don't read the blurb. It basically gives away the entire plot, or at least gives enough away that it's easy to guess the rest of the plot. Seriously, why do publishers do this? It's so irritating when a blurb gives away everything. One of the reasons why I tend not to read them, in any case.

Every Last Promise is definitely not one of the best contemporary novels I have read. The reason for this lies in all aspects of the book: pacing, characters
Hannah McBride
FINALLY! I've been waiting for years for another Kristin Halbrook book! ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know how to feel about this book, how I feel about this book. Don't know how to review it, how to rate it, basically it's complicated. Because this is one of those books about one of those topics, subjects, real life cruelties, that has to be written about and has to be read can't really love the book, you can't enjoy it. Maybe becuase it's too real? Maybe because it happens too often in real life and books are an escape? I don't know.

I don't know if I can call this a good book,
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I saw on Goodreads that this was "perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson," I thought, "Wow, that's some big shoes to fill!" Anderson is one of my most favorite authors of all time and I knew there was no way they could compare someone to her awesomeness. Don't you love being proven wrong?

At first I was a little confused...the story kept jumping around to different times and I couldn't figure it out. Honestly, I almost gave up on it! I'm glad I didn't though, because I loved this story.
Lelia Taylor
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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On the surface, this is a story about the aftermath of rape---and so it is---but it's also a story about how there can be more victims beyond the person who suffers the actual assault. Those peripheral victims need to cope in a different sort of way and the guilt they feel can be enormous, guilt that they could have done something more, guilt that they might do the wrong thing after the fact, guilt that they've kept secrets, maybe even guilt that someone else was the one attacked. These people a ...more
Katherine Locke
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay. This book was effing brilliant. It was smart, well paced, tense, heart-achingly real, and beautifully written. Kayla's a character who doesn't always make good choices but we still want her to do the right thing, to be OK, to find her people again, to find herself again, and I love that. Kayla--and Bean, and Selena, and Jen--all feel very real and while I don't always like their choices, I think they made real choices, and I think the decisions they are decisions I understand and can empat ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
Kristin Halbrook does not get enough credit for her writing. She is able to take every day life stories and pull you into every aspect of her characters and their individual stories. Every Last Promise is haunting in its realism. I think that it sends a very important message about family, friends, and society. It's the type of book that we need today. It's not the book to fangirl over--meaning that this book is not about girl meets boy and they fall in love--this is about something more importa ...more
Robin Reul
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book cover to cover in one sitting because Halbrook does an incredible job of building suspense that does not let up until the end when the truth of what happened the night so many lives were changed is revealed. A harrowing, poignant story exploring how fear colors logic and the bonds of friendship are tenuous. Really powerful story that hits you in the gut.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this book because it seemed interesting from the blurb. what I got was the opposite. To start, I feel like when a book has many characters in it, the authors usually do a pretty good job of making the character names very unique or at least different from each other, this book did not. I was very confused which character was which because they all had very.. umm, basic names? I think basic is a good word... so when I first read it I put it down because I was so confused. I picked up again ...more
Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
This review and more can be found on my blog, The Library Canary.

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

This was a story of a girl faced with a choice. A choice to do the right thing or keep her shiny, sparkly life. All of us have been faced with the choice between right and wrong. And I’m sure that all of us have been faced with some kind of c
Title: Every Last Promise

Author: Kristin Halbrook

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Series: N/A

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

This book was given to me by the publisher, Balzer and Bray, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review--thank you so much!

Trigger warning: rape/sexual assault

Again, as I've said before, 2015 seems like the golden year for contemporary fiction. I love the way authors this year have taken tough issues and crafted stories from them, using fiction t
Kathy Martin
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story which alternated in time from Spring to Fall. The story begins with these two intriguing sentences: "This is a story about heroes. I am not one of them."

It is told by Kayla Martin about the events that happened at the end of the year party alternating with her return to school in the fall as a social pariah. She loves her home town. Despite the urging of her best friends, she has no desire to leave after high school. She loves the scenery, the people, and the lifest
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every Last Promise was a great story dealing with growing up and dealing with issues no one should at a young age. Kayla was your avenge teen who spent her weekends with her best friends having slumber parties, hanging out and going to football games. All of this came to a halt when one night at a party Kayla was a witness to something that not only affects her but also someone she loves not to mention the whole town. After the tragedy that took a life, which changed another and one that could h ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this one, it as a bit on the slow side and I got a little confused but the mystery kept me going. This is the first book of Hallbrok’s I have read but I think I will be checking more from her out!

Kayla sees something that no one wants to see, something that if most friends see it they make sure they intervene right away. But she cowards away and begins to act like she could not remember anything that had happened. As you read you get more info on the events on that night her friend wa
Bookworm LLC
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
After reading Every Last Promise I have to say I am very disappointed I was not able to meet her at the book signing we had at my store.
Every Last Promise is a book that will have you on an emotional roller coaster. I feel Ms. Halbrook captured the reality of what teens go through in junior and senior high school.
There's always a group that is the "popular" crowd......there's always the star football player, there's always one kid everyone picks on....there's always petty differences between fr
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will be purchasing this title for the high school library because I think it contains a great message about courage and about what it takes to do the right thing. Kayla has been holding in a secret for a long time because she is afraid of what will happen to her life and the lives of her family and friends if she reveals what she knows. Unfortunately, the truth is eating away at her and when she discovers how much information other people are keeping to themselves, she realizes that keeping he ...more
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