Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Last Girl by Riley Shasteen

The Last GirlRiley Shasteen’s The Last Girl, a contemporary YA novel, is the first book in the Slave Auction trilogy.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“The Slave Auction.”
“What the heck is the Slave Auction?” I ask.

Jenna Brown has just started her freshman year with her two best friends, Jessica and Daisy. They hear a rumor about the school’s fundraiser called the Slave Auction, where the seniors bid on the hottest freshmen girls and the freshmen get to stay at their house all week! A whole week with the most popular seniors sounds like anyone’s dream. Right?

Review:

Jenna, Jessica and Daisy are starting their freshman year of high school. When they learn about the Slave Auction, a fundraiser where the seniors bid on freshman girls and the girls get to stay at the senior’s house for a week, Jessica is thrilled but afraid to sign up alone. She drags Jenna into the auction with her. Watch as Jenna becomes involved in the high school drama known as dating and cheating.

I dislike high school drama, and I don’t like reading it in fiction. I’m surprised that a school would allow a “slave auction” fundraiser. I’m somewhat annoyed with how many of the seniors in the e-book are dating freshmen. It remains true to high school as far as setting and the maturity level of the characters.

The character development is pretty good. Jenna annoys me the most because of how often she lets it slide that several boys tried to force themselves on her.

I found some formatting, punctuation and homophone errors. I’m not sure whether some of punctuation errors were caused by the Kindle format, but I saw missing quotation marks and some comma splices. One example of the homophone errors is using “principle” when “principal” was intended. More time could have been spent on correcting these before publishing.

Shasteen is an author on Movellas, a web-community for writers (mainly teens and young adults). Movellas featured her newly published e-book on the homepage, so I thought I would try it out. It turned out to be a little better than I thought.

If you want to read a fast-paced contemporary that features typical high school drama, this is the book for you.

Genre: Contemporary YA, Drama

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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