I have read every single book Claire has written, I love her take on Jane Austen and how well she captures the themes of the original stories in the narrative while making it relatable to teens today. To say I’m excited for this song would be an understatement
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, Finn Westbrook.
Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.
All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything 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….
With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.
My choice for Song of the Month is Rickie Lee Jones’s Company. It’s kind of an old song—I’ve been listening to it for (gulp) a few decades now—but for me, it perfectly captures the wistful quality of the The Last Best Kiss.
In my novel, Anna makes a pretty big mistake and loses the trust of the person she cares about most. She misses Finn a lot, but because the fault was hers, she’s not angry, just sad. She feels the pang of lost conversations, shared moments she’ll never know again, the memory of a friendship that turned to love . . . She wants to redeem herself, but she doesn’t know if she’ll succeed.
The first few lines of the Rickie Lee Jones song capture Anna’s feelings so perfectly for me!
I’ll remember you too clearly
But I’ll survive another day.
Conversations to share
When there’s no one there,
I’ll imagine what you’d say.
It’s also just a beautiful, beautiful song.