Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate's sexual assault.
Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer.
Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.
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About the Author
Kristin halbrook is the author of Nobody But Us. When she isn't appeasing her sense of wanderlust, she lives in Seattle, where gray skies and good coffee make ideal writing conditions, and where fine company is provided by her husband and a gaggle of pixies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
On the surface, this is a story about the aftermath of rape---and so it is---but it's also a story about how there can be more victims beyond the person who suffers the actual assault. Those peripheral victims need to cope in a different sort of way and the guilt they feel can be enormous, guilt that they could have done something more, guilt that they might do the wrong thing after the fact, guilt that they've kept secrets, maybe even guilt that someone else was the one attacked. These people are survivors in their own way, certainly not lessening the impact of the true victim's pain and recovery, but survivors nonetheless. Unfortunately, Kayla is not the heroic figure we would like her to be and it's very easy to decide that she's a coward, more interested in her own well-being than anyone else's. That actually is true but I think it's important to acknowledge that many of us, myself included, have looked the other way at least once in our lives. Can we honestly say that we're "better" than Kayla is? Ms. Halbrook's intent is laudable and I wish I could have connected with Kayla in a more positive way but her narcissism is just a bit too overwhelming. Yes, I understood her but I didn't care much about her. Still, the author has an important message and I hope this book will end up encouraging others to stand forth when circumstances call for it. In the meantime, I believe this author is one worth watching and I'll be reading more by her.
I can’t remember the last time a book left me reeling like this one. Every Last Promise is haunting and beautiful. I felt for the main character, Kayla; she carries a heavy secret on her shoulders, living in fear because of it. She was the driver in an accident where one boy died and the other survived…but that’s not the whole story. The boy who survived recovered from his injuries, and yet there’s still someone hurting. Will Kayla be brave enough to step up and help the other person involved? Reading the novel, I sometimes wanted to be mad at Kayla for how she handled things–until I remembered how her “friends” treated her when she returned home. Living in a small town meant doing the right thing would drop a bomb on everyone. I really felt for Kayla, seeing the shame and abuse she endured for a great deal of the novel. I absolutely loved Every Last Promise. A fast read with a great hook, its chapters switch in time from Spring–before the accident–to Autumn, when Kayla returns from Kansas City. I liked how the chapters took readers back and forth. This book reminded me of the dangers that come with power–and what powerful people will do to keep their reputation clean, no matter what. It also illustrated fear, how it can be strong enough to make a person walk away from friends or lie because they don’t want to be alone. This book was spectacular. Give it a read.
3 stars (liked it) I wanted to read Last Promise because I looked Halbrook's other novel and I am drawn to these types of books and subjects. It deals with such hard real life topics and I like when authors address then realistically and give an in to discuss such subjects like sexual assault and think through things like what would I do if I witnessed something like that. Or if I were the victim.... It was pretty confusing with the time line jumping back and forth. I never really got a sense of how everyone related for awhile into the story because there was a group of four friends in the before. and that is always harder for me to to get a handle on the dynamics and the different personalities even without the jumps in time where all of the alliances change and so many people were calling the main character Kayla a killer when the reader is left not knowing the details. But I wanted to know what happened and connect with Kayla even though it took longer than I wanted for that to happen I finally realized how it all connected and I understood why she was so scared and why she acted the way she did. I was glad she finally had the courage to do the right thing. There was a nice little romance in this one. I liked that it never took eve front seat tho the bigger issues but targeted reinforced Kayla and the strengths she had but didn't realize. I wish that stories like this didn't happen in real life but hope that this can make some one brave with to speak up either for themselves or for someone else. Bottom Line: Confusing time jumps but good mystery.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was an interesting mystery story, and I really wanted to know what had been going on! Kayla was an okay character, but she really was a bit of a coward. She ran away and told people that she didn’t remember what had happened, when really she should have been standing up, telling the truth, and helping out a friend who really needed her. I know she was scared that people wouldn’t believe her, but with the evidence she had, and in the interests of being a good friend, she really needed the guts to do the right thing. This story was told from Kayla’s point of view from the spring when whatever happened happened, and then from the fall after what had happened. There was both a mystery over who had died, as well as the mystery surrounding the events that had led up to the event, although the blurb totally ruins one of those mysteries! Such a spoiler-filled blurb! There was a little hint of romance in this book but not a lot, the story was more focused on the mystery aspect than the romance. The ending to this was good, and I liked that we finally found out what had happened; I hated how long it took for it to happen though, and I generally thought that Kayla and her friends were just generally quite selfish, and not very nice people. 6.5 out of 10