My Last Innocent Year by Daisy Alpert Florin follows Isabel as she navigates the idea of consent throughout her young relationships. Read my review.
An incisive, deeply resonant debut novel about a nonconsensual sexual encounter that propels one woman’s final semester at an elite New England college into controversy and chaos—and into an ill-advised affair with a married professor.goodreads.com
My Overall Thoughts:
Although “My Last Innocent Year” wasn’t exactly a “page-turner,” it managed to hold my interest the entire time. The book was enjoyable, but I wasn’t sure what the plot was all about when it was over. Maybe that was the whole point, but I didn’t feel like I was following the story; instead, I felt like I was reading the main character’s journal. Fortunately, Isabel’s character won me over, and even though there wasn’t a particularly interesting plot, I kept wanting to learn more about her life.
For a first book, “My Last Innocent Year” wasn’t at all bad. Undoubtedly, author Daisy Alpert Florin’s future works are worth looking into. I don’t think it’s bad that her writing frequently reminds me of Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Prep” for some reason. Even though the character didn’t seem particularly affected by the trauma she went through, there were so many moments that brought back memories of that period of my life that I couldn’t help but feel connected.
How was the audiobook narration?
I listened to Sarah Bierstock’s narration of “My Last Innocent Year” on audiobook, which I highly recommend. Without Bierstock’s narration, I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed the book even half as much as I did.
(Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillian Audio for the advanced copy of the audiobook.)