Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Every last Promise by Kristin Halbrook


Every Last Promise 
by Kristin Halbrook
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.75
Published by: HarperTeen
Published on: April 2015
Pages: 288

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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 night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer.

Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.
 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was a very interesting one. I wasn't quite sure what I thought of it at first and then I realized that was how it was supposed to be.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the author chose to write a chapter in the present and one in the past. Often, I don't like that one, but this time I did.

This book stood out of the crowd of contemporary fiction and I really enjoyed it. It was profound and meaningful.

I thought Halbrook did an excellent job of writing this novel. This book is raw and emotional, and definitely is one that I enjoyed reading.

The subject matter is one that is hard to take in and is definitely meant for older teens and yet I'm glad I liked it.

It wasn't quite as powerful as Speak, but I agree fans of Speak and Foreman will like this novel. 

A good book that will leave you thinking. 

So why 4 stars? I loved it and it was profound, and yet I thought it could have been slightly more powerful. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language and scenes meant for older teens. It's definitely YA material, but for 15+. 

The Wrap-up: A very intriguing, thought-provoking book that drew me in. 

Love,

Danica Page

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