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 wasn't ready to let her go...
Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.
Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.
I was really in the mood for a quick and cute contemporary read and if that is what you are looking for then look no further than this book.
I instantly liked the formatting of this book from the start. It was told in alternating chapters between present day and the past when the couple first met each other. I really loved seeing who Kelsey and David were in present day and wondering what their connection was from the past. I just loved watching David try so hard to win Kelsey over when they were Freshmen in high school. I thought everything he did was really sweet but I can also see why Kelsey would not want to end a great friendship. It is always a boundary that is set in the sand when a guy and girl are friends because sometimes a romantic interest does develop and then you question whether giving up the possible friendship in turn for a relationship is worth it or not. I guess this type of romance is near and dear to me because this was the type of romance I had in the beginning with my boyfriend.
I will warn people though that there is a lot of high school drama in this book and many may not like that but I feel there is a time and place for it and this book did have it in the right places. After all the main couple is in high school so it seems only fitting that there would be that added drama of that teenage age range.
Overall, I don’t want to give too much away about this book because simply it is a good contemporary YA romance book about a couple trying to figure out what they want romantically when they are young and yet not having the courage and the right frame of mind to pull off that romance until they are older. Which I feel this is how romance should be when you are a teenager. You don’t have to have instant love and you can wait till you are older or almost out of high school to have something more meaningful and I feel that this book provides those messages to teenager readers in a profound way.