Review of The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris


How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you? Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future? And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye? This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they’d be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she’s married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted…


This is the first novel of Ali’s which I’ve read and I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It was a birthday gift from one of my friends who knew I’d love it and they were right – I certainly did. I do think Ali has managed to break my heart though…

The technique of using dates to break chapters up is something which a lot of authors do and with the fast pace of going back and forth can sometimes be confusing. But for me, that’s one of the main things I loved about the book. With the use of the DVD elements of fast forward, rewind and play, Ali brought her character’s interests to life. As well as the continuous element of moving through the years, we’re introduced to different types of kisses – I never knew there were that many! It was a fantastic and unique idea.

I absolutely loved Molly and Ryan! Their up and down relationship was very realistic and enjoyable all at once. I had no idea what to expect but towards the end, my heart began to break for Molly and Ali managed to write it very beautifully.

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