The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman Review!

Started: September 5, 2016

Finished: September 8, 2016

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder. Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.


I freaking loved this book.

As I was turning the last few pages, I had chills and my hands were literally shaking.

I was uncertain going into this book because I was reading it right after I finished The Cellar, and they have similar aspects to them, although they’re not at all similar stories.

This book blew The Cellar out of the water.

This book was intense, suspenseful, eerie, and just altogether creepy. I was creeped out while I was reading this, and honestly I’m still a little creeped out.

For the first hundred pages or so, I was wondering where the plot was. It seemed like it was still in exposition. As I kept reading, I realized that this entire book is an exposition, a rising action, a climax, and a denoument all wrapped up together.

So fair warning for readers of this book: there isn’t really an obvious and outlined plot.

This story begins with an exposition, but as you continue through the novel, you begin to realize that there isn’t really an end to the exposition, and even now, I still feel like I don’t really know the whole story of what happened. This story is definitely a very fast read, because it was so engrossing to me, and this type of structure was really a big part of that.

The big thing that drew me into this novel was the story. Sam was such a wonderful narrator, and I felt like I could really get inside of her head and understand her feelings. I almost started crying towards the end of the book because I was so in Sam’s narration that I felt her shock almost as deeply as she felt in.

This book was beautifully written, and I can’t wait to read more of Jessica Warman’s novels that will hopefully leave me as breathless and speechless as this one did.

I strongly recommend that you read this novel, because it’s definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, and it is the epitome of what a YA thriller should be.

All in all, I really, really loved this novel and I’m honestly still in a state of shock about it. I’m amazed by the storytelling and the story itself, and I can’t wait to read more from Jessica Warman.


NEXT READ: Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

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