Last Kiss

Last Kiss

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by Jon Ripslinger
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Victoria Vogel
Billy O'Reilly is doomed. He is being led on by the most popular girl in school, Lisa Wells. Mr. Wells hates Billy because he sees him as a threat to the future that he has planned for her. Billy is shackled to his family's farm, but Mr. Wells wants his daughter to go to the local college where he is president. It is apparent from page one that things are not going to go well for Billy-and they do not. When Lisa is found murdered after a break-in at her family's home, he is targeted as the most likely suspect. He knows that it is up to him to clear his name and find her killer. Lisa's father was enraged by the knowledge that she was seeing him. Could he have killed her? And then there is Rodney, her redneck stepbrother who also knows of their affair and has mysteriously disappeared. Was it him? Windy, Billy's friend who has a crush on him, tries to help him find out the truth. Although the characters and plot in this mystery/suspense novel are somewhat clichTd-rich beautiful, sheltered girl seduces average farm boy who later is framed for her murder-Ripslinger knows how to keep a reader hooked. Teens looking for a quick, entertaining mystery will enjoy this book. The writing is slightly better than average. A lot of teens will relate to the characters and the predicament of being trapped in a small town, where everyone knows their neighbors. Language and sexual content make this title more suitable for a public library.
School Library Journal

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 Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738725307
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
460 KB

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.
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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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!(:
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!