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    A tale that took hold of me

    Enjoy being taken back to the years of school and college, reminding you how things were back then, how you would second guess what people were thinking, the unknown of what to do and how to behave, did that look mean what I think it meant or was it my imagination? Then of course you have your first crush, your first boyfriend, those that thought they were better than you and those who suffered because they were different. This is where we first meet Jessie and her first crush Lee, even though competition was high for his attention as he was infatuated with wrongly suited Tina, never giving Jessie more than a second thought at the time. I felt myself willing Lee to notice Tina yet he was having none of it, but as the time rolled on things have a way of changing.... Turning to the first page brings you straight into the beginning of Jessie's roller coaster life and the start of events that take their toll on her as she feels that she has to make do with second best and then sadly has to suffer from the consequences of her choices. After the senior year of high school, the story is then divided into Jessie and Lee's separate lives after college and of course the 10 year reunion that marks the change of their past giving them a second chance of love that could have been so many years previously. The authors writing easily draws you in to the story as you anticipate what will happen next in the lives of the characters. I immediately felt a connection with the them, feeling their emotions, or the atmosphere in which they were creating. I felt a mix of their feelings as I followed their stories and their burdening secrets, I felt their sadness, grief, their anger and frustrations, glimmers of hope, excitement, and of course their happiness. First Crush, Last Love was a tale that took hold of me as I followed the numerous and emotional events, events that felt very real, it's one of those books that will have you picking it up whenever you have spare reading time to connect with the characters that you have felt a bond with. I enjoyed the mix of romance, suspense and in parts humor, and I am really looking forward to another chance of reading more from the author.
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    Great friends to lovers romance story

    Disclaimer: I receive a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review. Warning:There are some serious subjects covered including attempted suicide (minor character), drinking, homosexuality (minor character), AIDS (minor character), and abuse. The heat level is fairly low with only a few love scenes. There is also some swearing, including a few F bombs from one character. This book is relatable because we all go through what Jesse is going through in the book and that is having a crush and the feelings and emotions that comes with it. We start this book with a suicide attempt of Jesse's brother, Martin, who is gay and because of this he is ostracise in their backward town. I commend the author for including serious topics, which are somewhat still considered taboo subjects (especially in the country where I live in) and it is uncommon to read about suicide, homosexuality, AIDS, and abuse. In addition, I like the author's take on the subjects because it was not offensive and I have read some offensive works especially in regards with mental illness and suicide. Moving along, the characterization and character growth in this book is my favorite. I love how Jesse and Lee got more mature as the story progress. They finally got over their insecurities and fear, which kept them apart. Furthermore, the emotions that radiate through this book is so real. I had a lot of roller coaster feeling while reading this book, which is great because it means that the author did a great job in expressing the emotions of the characters in her book. I definitely recommend this novel if you like reading about friends to lovers trope, or if your just looking for a fast and happy ending book. Crossing my fingers for a book about Dean and Sarah because I would love to read their story next.
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    A quick and easy read!

    This was a quick and easy read for me. It took me right back to high school and my first crush! I enjoyed the story, although sad in parts and a little heavy -- it is true to life for some. I loved the ending and the hope it gives -- timing truly is everything. This was my first read from McKenna and I would definitely read another, she writes very nice with interesting characters.
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    Real Life Romance

    This is the most real romance I have read in a long time. I felt like I was able to relive so many parts of my past with this book. I loved that we were able to watch Jessie and Lee grow so much throughout this book. Most books only give you a tiny glimpse into the characters lives, you fall in love with them and it's over. Ms. McKenna was able to give us so much more of these characters lives, and that made me feel even more invested in them. It wasn't easy to watch Jessie and Lee struggle through everything to get to each other but it was so worth it. There were times I wanted to shake some sense into Jessie, but if I look back to my past I needed that too! I really enjoyed watching Jessie and Lee's growth into two people who appreciate their last love.
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