Every Last Promise
Published: 21st April, 2015
Age: Young Adult
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.
What I liked: When I started this book I didn’t completely remember what the summary for it was and I wasn’t sure where it was going. I wasn’t sure who to believe on what Kayla did, I didn’t really know why everyone seemed so hell bent on being rude and judgmental into something that, for all intents and purposes looked like a complete accident. I mean, accidents happen, there’s no reason to treat Kayla the way her “friends” treated her when she came back. Yet all Kayla wanted was to return to the normalcy from before the accident, before some skipped town because of what people are saying. That makes her seem shallow, but when everything you’ve know for your entire life is ripped right from under you, you really can’t blame her for wanting to return to what she thought was normal. I mean yeah, she obviously has her flaws but that made her feel a bit more rounded to me. It took time and her realizing that there was no going back to understand that she needed to speak out about what happened to her best friend. That takes a lot of courage to do, on both Kayla and her best friend’s part. The friends Kayla had before the summer seemed great, but the obvious change in them after showed a lot about how just one thing can change everything for friendships.
What I didn’t like: While I did like the romance in here and how it never became the center of the book and it wasn’t until the end that we see it come up, there just wasn’t enough page time between Kayla and Noah to make it something I believed in. I really think the book could have totally stood without it, that’s how unnecessary it seemed. Truthfully I don’t understand why they couldn’t just become really close friends and that be it. It just really wasn’t necessary to the plot when I look at it.
Overall Review: This was a very compelling read that I really enjoyed, and it showed just how small towns can be about crimes, especially when its committed by the star of the entire town. It’s horrifyingly realistic in how accurate it portrays how small towns deal with such an issue, but in that same instance that is also what makes it a book like this so great. It makes it powerful in that way.
Recommend?: It good for a one time read, but doesn’t strike me as something I would want to reread multiple times because I enjoyed it.
My Rating: 3.8/5
About the Author
When I’m not writing or reading (which is what I do all day, in all of my work), I’m spending time with pixies, my Mad Scot soulmate, and one grumpy cocker spaniel; traveling across oceans and time; cooking and baking up a storm and watching sunsets and waves crash on the beach. I currently live, love and explore in The Emerald City, though I occasionally make wispy, dream-like plans to move to New York, Paris or a Scottish castle one day (if just temporarily). You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.