May 23, 2022

#BookReview: Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

Synopsis: Don’t you just love the smell of old books in the morning?

Madeline Moore does. Books & Moore, the musty bookstore her family has owned for generations, is where she feels most herself. Nothing is going to stop her from coming back after college to take over the store from her beloved aunt.

Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down.

Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but Jasper, the guy who works over at Prologue, seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be… extremely cute.

But that doesn’t matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all—all’s fair in love and (book) wars. 


Rating: 1 Stars
My Review: I thought this was going to be a cute story like Tweet Cute but sadly this just wasn't that.  This was a all red flags romance that I ended up DNFing about 75 or so pages in. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Madeline's last summer before heading off to college isn't going as planned. Her aunt Astrid's independent bookstore where she works is going out of business, she finds out that her crush, Jasper, manages the competing bookstore across the street, and her absent mom, Dahlia, is coming to stay at the worst possible time. Madeline spends the summer trying to save the bookstore while forging relationships that she would have never expected. Madeline is quick-witted, bright, and passionate about her aunt's business. Her creativity helps her come up with ideas for pranking Jasper and ways to raise money to save the bookstore, even when her own family no longer believes in it. Jasper's family is Japanese, Madeline's ethnicity is unspecified, and minor characters are of various backgrounds. VERDICT This lighthearted page-turner is recommended for all young adult collections.—Elizabeth Gold, Midwood H.S., NY  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"Packed with smart humor and sparkling prose...A delightful read."

-- "Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times bestselling author"  --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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