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Last Chance Books

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Don’t you just love the smell of old books in the morning?

Madeline Moore does. Books & Moore, the musty bookstore her family has owned for generations, is where she feels most herself. Nothing is going to stop her from coming back after college to take over the store from her beloved aunt.

Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and
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Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by HarperTeen
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Oct 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
Kelsey Rodkey
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
10/10 can confirm it is a book
rejection HURTS
*broken sobbing*
Rachel Solomon
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings for: absent father, child abandonment, estranged parents, brief mention of car accident (ch 11)

still thinking about how this is literally just enemies to lovers excellence & you've got mail with teens

rtc closer to publication date!!
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
rating: 3.5 stars
I have a review going up on my blog in a few weeks.

AHHHH WHYYYYYY??? I can't go too into depth about what I loved and what I didn't love, but this book is very ~intereesting~..... first of all, the main characters are 18 and 19, but they are written like thirty-year olds? The dialogue is so weird, and the characters are given barely any depth. Once again, the male character is simply there to aid her storyline and we don't learn much about him.

Overall, this could have been a L
Megan Rivera
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Madeline Moore does. Books & Moore, the musty bookstore her family has owned for generations, is where she feels most herself. Nothing is going to stop her from coming back after college to take over the store from her beloved aunt. Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down. Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but Jasper, the guy who works over at Prologue, seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking he ...more
Haila Moajil
Review coming soon
Laura Namey
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is laugh out loud funny, sharp, and absolutely adorable! I can’t wait for more from Kelsey!
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LAST CHANCE BOOKS is a book lover's dream thanks to its premise of competing bookstores and the two teens who quickly find themselves becoming more than rivals. It's funny, heartwarming, and dreamy. The kind of story that is both relatable and escapist. Kelsey tackles the pains of growing up with skill and care, and readers will be rooting for Madeline and Jasper from start to finish.

Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of this book and have been waiting to shout about it. Kelsey Rodkey's writing is laugh-out-loud funny with emotional depth. I was hooked from page one and devoured every bit of this YA You've Got Mail. It's sassy, it's sweet, it's swoon-worthy. Love love love it. ...more
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

'Last Chance Books' was not much of a stand out. After reading the synopsis I was more than game for epic book store rivalry enemies turned lovers book war, it felt flat.

The characters—Madeline and Jasper lacked the chemistry and depth to pull me in and their childish pranks were just that, childish. More so, the unrealistic dialogue was a turn off and the love hate plot was too abrupt and quick for me. One moment the bitter rivals are trying to one-up another and in the next,
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book.

This book sounded like a book lover’s dream, and I’m one of those people who loves anything written about books. There was something so intriguing about a book about rival bookstore employees in a romance, and this book delivered on that. While it didn’t go exactly as I wanted it to, this book was still charming and fun.

Last Chance Books also highlights how important it is to support local and
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Last Chance Books is a story about a girl who works at a family-owned bookstore and her rivalry with a guy who works at a competing bookstore across the street. It's also a story about what it means to be family, and how some things eventually change or go away, no matter how much you don't want them to. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the writing—Madeline's voice was relatable. I loved reading characters who were big fans of reading. Last Chance Books had a romcom feel, inspired by You've G ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC! I was really excited for this love story centered around rival bookstores, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I couldn't really get behind the whole hate -> love plot because it seemed to happen too fast for me and seemed unrealistic. There were also way too many f-bombs for my taste. I did like how much Madeline loved books though, and I could definitely relate to that part of her life. Overall it was a cute story, but it dragged on a bit too long for ...more
Auriane Desombre
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this is honestly one of the funniest books I have ever read in my entire life. Rodkey has SUCH a funny voice, and the banter and humor in this book have me completely in love with it. Between the perfect enemies-to-lovers vibes, the hilariously competing bookstores, the incredible complex mother-daughter relationship, and (truly I cannot emphasize this enough!!) the incredibly funny voice, this is truly a perfect book
Gina Adams
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-faves
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy!

Omg, this was sooooo fun. It's just the perfect kind of fluffy rom-com that's ACTUALLY FUNNY but also has more layers to it than just the romance and I was really happy with it.

Last Chance Books is about Madeline, who works at her family's bookstore. She's spending the summer after high school working as much as she can, trying to move up to manager one day. Recently, a bookstore opened across the street, and she quickly finds herself tang
Nina O'Daniels

A sucker, that’s what I am. A sucker for love-hate romances, and I have no shame in that game. First, let’s just address that the plot is a slight rip-off of the 90s movie, You’ve Got Mail. An independent book store might be going out of business due to a large chain book retailer with two main characters that may or may not like each other. Thankfully, no AOL messenger emails are popping up in this one, and the characters are much younger. Aaannd, I now I realize I just dated myself with tho
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
~I received a copy from netgalley~
I really liked the premise of this book! I even recently watched "You've got mail" for the first time, so I can really see the inspiration there. Unfortunately it just didn't work for me. I really liked how passionate the main character is about her bookstore, she grew up with it, she had plans of running the bookstore later in life, but suddenly that gets de-railed with threats of closure. A lot of the plot just went a little too fast. Madeline meets Jasper, an
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
*ARC from NetGalley
I have to preface this by saying You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies so there was no way I was passing up a book with a similar plot line. This is Kelsey Rodkey’s debut novel and it was filled with all the funny banter and swoon-worthy scenes I could want in a romance novel.

Madeline works at her family-owned bookstore Books & Moore when a corporate style competitor, Prologue, opens up across the street. What she doesn’t expect is her connection (initially di
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kelsey Rodkey had me at You've Got Mail and kept me with her witty banter and bookstore dreams.

That being said, Rodkey gives her story more than enough legs to stand on without the You've Got Mail comp. Sure there are competing bookstores and enemies to lovers, but there's so much more.

Madeline Moore has a complicated life and she reacts to situations in an equally complicated way. She's not perfect but lives her life unapologetically but does make amends when necessary. At first, I didn't lik
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read Last Chance Books in one sitting in the span of a few hours...if I do that, then you know it is going to be a good book for me.

This book was a terrific story for any lover of books and romances. I loved the unique characters and relationships in the book (especially the family dynamic and Zelda & Madeline's friendship). This novel inspired so many bookstore memories and relatable reader moments that I lost count. There were even a few parts in the book that honestly surprised me and made
Devon Tuck
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
You say "You've Got Mail" inspired YA romcom and I say, "Gimme it." Last Chance Books follows Madeline and Jasper. Madeline's whole life is wrapped up in working at her aunt's bookstore until "Prologue," a trendy new bookstore opens up right across the street. (Maybe I read wayyyyyy to into this, but Rodkey uses the phrase "shop around the corner" which all You've Got Mail fans know is Kathleen Kelly's shop name AND the original, original You've Got Mail and this little detail made me quite happ ...more
Melannie :)
While I perfectly liked some aspects of Last Chance Books, the things that were troublesome for me unfortunately added up for an inclination toward the “didn’t-care-much-about-it” territory. And that’s actually sad, since I enjoyed the author’s writing and some parts were actually laugh out loud funny, but I don’t know, I expected more I guess.

Starting with our main characters, both Madeline and Jasper were a little too all-over-the-place for my liking. Like I couldn’t figure out their personali
Thanks to the publisher for access to this title in return for a fair review.

What a great premise! Meet-cute between a girl trying to save her failing family bookstore and a boy from a competing bookstore. Lots of rivalry, fun pranks, and plenty of banter and tension.

However, there were several things that detracted from what would otherwise have been a great book for recommending. Way too far in the swearing. It just wasn't necessary, didn't really fit the character at all, and really pulls the
Sarah Hanson
Madeline always wants “Moore” (see what I did there?) success for Books & Moore, her family’s indie bookstore filled with literary quips, that welcoming bookie-smell, and a relaxed atmosphere— until a competitor shows up across the street with an annoyingly charming Jasper to boot. Can these two find bookish love amidst a prank war, financial struggles, and family woes?

I started off loving Madeline’s voice, but found her to be very self-absorbed and rude at times. Without giving away too many p
Kaitlin Marshall
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally like hate-to-love romances but I really enjoyed this story. Madeline works at her family's bookstore, Books and Moore, that is struggling and when a new bookstore, Prologue, opens across the street things get even tougher. A battle of the bookstores ensues between Madeline and Jasper, who works for his parents at Prologue. Madeline has one summer to try to save Books and Moore before she leave for college and the new lease on the store must be signed.

I enjoyed this book, it is l
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! The overall concept of this book was cute-rival bookstores and teens who are battling and yet also interested in each other. As a book lover, I appreciated much about the love of literature in here. I also enjoyed her friend and the changing dynamic with her mother, which I feel was realistic and handled well. The main character was kind of mean a good bit of the time, which made me like her less. What really soured this for me was the throwaway feeling the main ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
There is so much potential here. I wanted to love this and intended to do so. The dialogue is laugh out loud funny at times, but I really struggled with the characterization and plot,

Unfortunately, very early into the book, I had difficulty with our MC being a bit overzealous in her anger and the love interest being equally so. Madeline’s humor was hilarious most of the time, but when it went awry, I found it difficult to bring myself to care about her plight again.

As the novel went on, I becam
Hannah Bergmann
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
So this book, brought to me by Net Galley, was a hot mess.

Madeline was all over the place. I was like is this a Taming of the Shrew retelling?! Wait, it’s not? Someone get the editor!

She was so over the top with her rage and it just didn’t work for me. I pushed past it and then, without spoilers, wasn’t feeling less shrewish Madeline either. Jasper, too, didn’t do himself any favors. And the ending? Oy.

A CW episode gone way too long, it could have been You’ve Got Mail, but instead it felt like
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Kelsey Rodkey is a burrito lover and banter enthusiast striving to create the stories she lacked as a teenager. Before starting her current job as a communications coordinator, she helped a British film crew make a documentary about a dog grooming expo and was an extra in a music video as a girl who couldn’t stop playing with her hair. She lives near the capital of Pennsylvania, which a lot of peo ...more

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