Kid’s Book Review: The Last Girl

Kid’s Book Review: The Last Girl

About the Book and Author

This is a story about a girl called Rachel who has normal teenage struggles, like not fitting in and finding it difficult to make friends, who finds refuge in something strange – in her case horror movies. With twists and turns that will keep readers guessing this book is page-turner with an ending you could never guess at from bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky. In the UK it is published by Electric Monkey who have lots of cool YA books.

New girl Rachel Chavez turns to horror movies for comfort, preferring them to the bored rich kids of her fancy New York High School. But then Rachel is recruited by the Mary Shelley Club, a mysterious student club that sets up terrifying Fear Tests; elaborate pranks inspired by urban legends and horror movies. But when a sinister masked figure appears, Rachel realises that her past has caught up with her. It’s time for the ultimate prank to play out …

The Last Girl cover
Goldy Moldovsky

Goldy Moldavsky was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she still lives. Her novels include the New York Times bestseller, KILL THE BOY BAND, NO GOOD DEED, and the upcoming THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB (Henry Holt Books, 2021); her love of 80s movies, 90s boy bands, and horror flicks hugely influences her work. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @goldywrites.

Book Review

I found the plot twists interesting and unexpected. I really didn’t know what was coming next!

I liked the opening chapter of the book because it drew me in right in the first few pages. I found the book mysterious and, in some parts confusing, but this made it a page turner!

The end really took my breath away, I found the plot twists interesting and unexpected. I really didn’t know what was coming next.

I found the main character interesting and relatable. I thought the chapters were just the right size and almost always ended on a cliff hanger (so frustrating at times!)

The book follows normal teenage struggles like not fitting in and finding it difficult to make friends, and finding refuge in something strange in this case horror movies. Although some characters were stereotypical, they each had character development which broke down the usual characteristics and changed them into people with complex emotions. This made the book interesting to read and unexpected.

I recommend this book to teenagers and young adults.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Ruby
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: tennis, musicals and ice-cream
  • Dislikes: clowns and maths
  • Favourite Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Favourite Song: Softly by Clairo
  • Favourite Film: Cinderella - live action version