The Last Best Kiss

Paperback | April 22, 2014

byClaire Lazebnik

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Jane Austen comes to modern-day Los Angeles in Claire LaZebnik's imaginative take on Persuasion, where seventeen-year-old Anna Eliot finds out whether there's such a thing as a second chance when it comes to first love. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic contemporary tale.

Anna is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook. Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life—and he wants nothing to do with her.

Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn't care about Finn either, but even though they've both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he's the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too . . .

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Jane Austen comes to modern-day Los Angeles in Claire LaZebnik's imaginative take on Persuasion, where seventeen-year-old Anna Eliot finds out whether there's such a thing as a second chance when it comes to first love. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, and, of course, Jane Austen will love t...

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When it comes to love, is there such a thing as a second chance?Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked. Back in freshman year she was too embarrassed to admit to her friends that she liked skinny, nerdy Finn Westbrook. Then his family moved away...

Claire LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with her TV-writer husband and four children. She has co-authored two books about autism with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel (Overcoming AutismandGrowing Up on the Spectrum). Her previous novels includeKnitting Under the Influence,The Smart One and the Pretty One,Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts,Epic Fa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062252283

ISBN - 13:9780062252289

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mehh I didn't realize this was a Persuasion retelling until I saw the first line from Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit's review. I've been meaning to read that for so long and I can tell this would be a modern retelling. I don't even know how to explain what I read. Other than the fact that we know what will happen because it's very predictable. Boy and girl like each other. Girl humiliates boy. Boy comes back all hot and popular and ignores girl. And we try to guess if there's a happily ever after?? The format isn't anything new, and what would be a very interesting movie (maybe?) made for a very boring and dragging book to read. There was also SO MUCH dialogue. I honestly wanted to just DNF it but I'd been doing that lately and wanted to give this a chance. Other than annoying characters, a music festival and prom, literally nothing happens. It's all about pining for someone you can't have and I just can't deal with contemporaries like this. I really couldn't bother, and I pretty much skimmed right after the incident that happened at the hotel. As for characters? I found them pretty much all super annoying. Especially Lily. She had this air of being so careless and having everyone not care what she thinks didn't really mean much. The only one that I really liked was Finn..who so happens to be cute and nerdy. I think this would have been better if there was a story because it did have potential. Otherwise I saw skip it, you wouldn't be missing much.
Date published: 2015-03-04

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Jane Austen fans will have fun finding the clever parallels in this contemporary take on Pride and Prejudice, while Austen innocents can just sit back and enjoy the romance. - Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm, on Epic FailI thoroughly enjoyed this charming tale about the joys and perils of going to school and navigating relationships with the celebrity set and their complicated offspring. Claire LaZebnik has done anything but fail. - Jen Calonita, author of Secrets of My Hollywood Life, on Epic Fail