Last Kissby Jon Ripslinger
Billy O’Reilly, a farm boy in rural Iowa, has been secretly dating Lisa Wells, the popular, wealthy daughter of the president of the local college. It’s a complicated relationship: people of HER class don’t associate with people of HIS class. Her controlling father does not approve of the relationship, her “real” boyfriend is
Billy O’Reilly, a farm boy in rural Iowa, has been secretly dating Lisa Wells, the popular, wealthy daughter of the president of the local college. It’s a complicated relationship: people of HER class don’t associate with people of HIS class. Her controlling father does not approve of the relationship, her “real” boyfriend is growing suspicious, and her troubled stepbrother is adding to the drama by stirring up trouble. Billy’s life is thrown into turmoil when Lisa breaks up with him and then is found murdered the next morning. A series of circumstantial evidence points directly to Billy who, along with his best friend, Windy, launches his own investigation to clear his name and find out what really happened to the girl he loved.
This gritty, fast-paced teen mystery will appeal to both reluctant and dedicated readers.
Gr 8 Up- When the rich girl whom Billy O'Reilly is secretly sleeping with is murdered, the Iowan farm boy turns sleuth to clear his name. A predictable mystery with a cinematic ending and stock characters, this is standard Ripslinger fare. The story moves ahead at a good plod, with some decent suspense elements provided primarily by the rural setting: a skeet-shooting bet, a dog sniffing up a buried corpse, lake swims under cover of darkness, and a hidden room. Billy is an unsympathetic clod whose self-recriminations get old fast. His parents are straight from "Smallville" (wholesome John and Martha Kent to a tee), and the subplot of their secret past and the mean sheriff antagonizing Billy similarly reeks of made-for-TV. Also overemphasized into melodrama-and thus difficult to chew-is the class distinction drawn between the farm kids (who never actually do any farmwork) and the wealthy townies.-Rhona Campbell, Washington, DC Public LibraryCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
Meet the Author
Jon Ripslinger (Davenport, Iowa) is a writer and a former high school English teacher. He was a participant in the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and is the author of several published short stories and two other novels for young adults.
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Very well, written. I am friends with the author, so of course I am not just saying it because he's my friend. The book kept me wanting to know more and what was happening. It's sad that the girl has died and she has never loved him. I am very pleased that i had read this and glad it kept me on the edge of my eat. Thanks, Jon!(:
I picked this book up at my school library just for something to read on the bus to one of my Cross Country meets. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK/AUTHOR. Jon Ripslinger happens to live in Iowa, also where I live. This book made me cry twice, and I read it in less than 2 days. I recommend this book to ANYBODY because I know that everyone can enjoy it in some way, shape or form. OUTSTANDING book!