The Last Best Kiss

By Claire LaZebnik

Jane Austen involves modern day l. a. in Claire LaZebnik's creative tackle Persuasion, the place seventeen-year-old Anna Eliot unearths out no matter if there is this sort of factor as a moment likelihood by way of past love. fanatics of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, and, after all, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly humorous and romantic modern tale.

Anna is uninterested in being concerned approximately what folks imagine. in any case, that used to be how she misplaced the single man she ever fairly beloved, Finn Westbrook. Now, 3 years after she broke his middle, the one that bought away is again in her life—and he wishes not anything to do with her.

Anna retains attempting to convince herself that she does not care approximately Finn both, yet even supposing they have either replaced given that they first met, deep down she is familiar with he is the fellow for her. Now if basically she will get him to think that, too . . .

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Yeah, however the odds of either one of you finishing up there—” “I can dream, can’t I? ” She sneaks one other examine him. “I love that he’s so equipped. i'll by no means date somebody brief or thin. ” “You have a significant daddy complex,” I say. “No, I don’t. I like the method it feels to get overwhelmed opposed to a major, robust chest. ” “Yeah, that’s now not how a bit lady feels along with her dad in any respect. ” “Shut up. ” as soon as Jackson and his pal get their huge, immense iced triple venti beverages, they arrive over to our desk. “Hey,” Jackson says. “Hey,” Lucy says, beaming. Jackson introduces the man he’s with, whose identify is Wade Porter. He has gray-blue eyes and wavy black hair and is donning a red Harvard T-shirt. He’s much more narrow than Jackson, and because I don’t have Lucy’s daddy’s-girl matters, I favor that. he's, in reality, absolutely appealing. “Anna and Lucy visit university with me,” Jackson tells him. “Wait a second,” Wade says. “You visit Sterling Woods? ” We either say sure. He seems at me closely. “And your identify is Anna? You’re no longer Anna Eliot, are you? ” “Yeah. Why? Am I well-known? ” “This goes to sound bizarre, yet you and that i are comparable. ” “Seriously? ” I’ve by no means heard of him earlier than. “Is this a few type of new pickup line? ” “Nope. ” He grabs a chair from one other desk and sits on it. Jackson does an identical factor, yet he has to move farther to discover a loose chair, so Wade begins speaking earlier than he’s settled. “We’re cousins—not shut ones, obviously—third or fourth and doubtless a number of removeds. i feel my grandmother was once first cousins along with your grandmother? They have been either Latimers earlier than they bought married. ” I stare at him, stunned. i presumed he was once joking in the beginning. “Whoa—that’s completely correct. yet how’d you recognize i used to be her granddaughter? ” “I utilized to Sterling Woods for 9th grade, and we have been taking a look at the roster of youngsters, and my mom pointed on your identify and acknowledged, ‘Oh, look—Anna Eliot—she’s your cousin. ’ a few relative had performed an incredible family-tree factor many years sooner than that he despatched round with everyone’s identify on it and the place they lived, and she or he had considered stepping into contact along with your father since you lived so shut after which chickened out. My mom’s like that,” he provides. “She’s type of shy. yet she did Google your dad. ” “Googling,” I say. “The subsequent smartest thing to a relations reunion. ” “I’m jealous,” Lucy says. “I are looking to find a lengthy misplaced relative. ” “Which one among us is the lengthy misplaced one? ” I ask Wade. “I’ve constantly identified the place I was,” he says with a grin. We evaluate relations. There are a number of great-aunts and uncles we’ve either heard of, yet except that there’s no longer loads of overlap. Lucy and Jackson holiday off right into a separate dialog. i will listen her conversing in regards to the SATs. sounds like a foul selection of topics—sort of the other of enjoyable and sexy—but at the least she’s now not being phony. i do know I could be caring in regards to the AP biology notes in entrance of me—we have an enormous try in days—but I’m form of liking either the assumption and the truth of connecting with this far away cousin of mine, so I hold the dialog going.

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