Mon, April 7, 2014

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti

The Last Forever book cover

The Last Forever book cover

The Last Forever
By Deb Caletti
Publication date: April 1, 2014
Simon Pulse, 336 pages
Source: Publisher

Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.

Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.

Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost.

Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever.

— Goodreads.com description

One of my biggest delights as a reader is when a book genuinely shocks me. And oh boy, did that happen with The Last Forever.

It was one of those instances where something about a book just isn’t feeling right and something is niggling around in the back of your head when — aha! — it all adds up and you are equal parts mad at yourself for not thinking of it earlier and so very pleased that the author was able to pull one over on you.

Ahh, good times.

Okay, so clearly I enjoyed that feeling. But I can’t say I loved what it was about. *Tries to be vague*

Pros: I loved how Deb Caletti starts each chapter with a factoid about a plant. I was thoroughly impressed with how well she was able to tie this in with the story.

Cons: I also had some issues with the latter half of the book, when certain problems were resolved quickly and others were resolved totally unrealistically…but for that “WHOA” moment alone, I have to say I enjoyed this one.

Has anyone else read it? Without spoiling — did you have a similar experience or am I the only slow one out there?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Jess @ Such A Novel Idea said:

    I have this book and have been debating picking it up, because it *sounds* good, but a lot of my GR friends seem to be DNF’ing it. But now that I know there is a chance to be shocked, I’m more inclined to pick it up. I love books like that!

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  2. Elin said:

    First time I heard about this book, sound like a book I will love. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    I have to be perfectly honest – I’ve always been a little nervous about reading Deb Caletti’s work. The feedback I’ve encountered has never been very positive, lack of depth and realism (as you’ve described here) being one of the primary problems with the author’s work. It’s a shame because the premise of The Last Forever as it’s described in the synopsis really appeals to me, but I don’t know that I like the idea of slogging through a story simply for a ‘twist’ or surprise ending.

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  4. D. @ The Nerdy Journalist said:

    I’ve only read one Deb Caletti book so far (The Story of Us). It didn’t really click with me. I often struggle with reading books by authors like Deb Caletti, Lauren Barnholdt, and Sarah Dessen, and I honestly have no clue why they don’t click with me. Maybe I just have a problem with mainstream fiction. Haha!

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