Thursday, October 9, 2008

Last Kiss

Last Kiss by Luane Rice

What was this book about?

Teenager Charlie Rice goes to New York for school and never returns. Instead he is killed by what seems to be a random mugging. He leaves so many behind that are morning him and that are unable to move on with the feelings of randomness associated with his unexpected murder. Those he leaves behind are desperate to find out what really happened and why.

There is his single mother Sheridan. Who was a famous singer and songwriter – but now that her son has died her heart is just not in it. She has been burned by several romances and the one thing she had been living for was the joy her son brought her.

Charlie’s girlfriend – the love of his life – Nell Kilvert. They grew up together and she knew they would always be together. His absence has broken her heart and she just can’t understand why she is being punished like this. Her (almost) step-mother Stevie has seen both grow up and feels like they were her children. How can she help Nell deal with the grief?

Gavin Dawson has been invited by Nell to investigate what really happened to Charlie. But he has his own connection to Hubbard’s Point, Connecticut. He once was the sould mate of Sheridan. But youth and their own pain drove them apart. Can he get another chance at this love?

What did you think about the book?

Where there is heartache and pain there can also be love and happiness. Losing someone is never easy – whether it is a husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, best friend, or child there is pain for everyone. You fight a battle daily with how you wish things had been, how you wish they were there.

Time passes and your feelings begin to change – get a little less sharp – but never go away. But for all this pain the fact that you can feel also opens you up for life’s little happinesses. The joy of friendship. The joy of finding a love. The joy of having a child. The joy of sharing your gift (painting, singing, writing).

To me that was what this book was about. It was about how life is full of joy and happiness, guilt, pain and misery. Life isn’t perfect. But even the most painful things can have a silver lining.

If you are looking for something that will make you feel upbeat. I do not know if this is a book that will do it. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it definitely shows it to you.

What genre would you consider this?

Summer Read


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