Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other. (From: Goodreads)
Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Sara Biren
Genres: YA, contemporary, romance
Publisher: Amulet Books (US), 2017
*I’ve received this book as an ARC from Netgalley*
⭐⭐⭐⭐ summery stars!!!
I was drawn to this title. The Last Thing You Said seems sad. I was hoping that I could find the warmth in this sadness. I’m glad that it came to me.
They had lost Trixie. This is how the book starts. People come and people go. I have some close family members (my grandmother, my grandfather, my uncle, and my seven-year-old dog) who passed away. However, due to born heartless, I didn’t feel much grief during those times as the characters in this book. What I want to say is: I understood their grief and I knew that they had to move on with their life from the very start. It was just that I wasn’t sure whether they could really move on or not.
In this book, we can read little stories, which are told from a third -person point of view, in between Lucy’s and Ben’s POV. I like those little stories. They filled in the blanks.
The plot and the characters are well built-up. Each character has their own specific personality. The plot is interesting, very. I read this book in one-sitting from 22:30 to 00:30. I enjoyed reading it.
I found a lot of nice sentences in this book. Here’s the quote I like the most 👇
“Get your shit together. Either you want to be with her or you don’t, but make a decision and stop messing with people.”
That quote is my heartfelt thought for a lot of YA douchebags. Finally, I found these nice sentences which spoke for me.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone. You’ll feel, sorrow, heartache, and sweetness.
That’s not all for my review. I wish you have a nice day in advance.
Down below is some light spoiler and my own thought (not on the whole book, but only on the spoiler part). If you like spoilers as much as I do, then please continue reading. If you don’t, bye-bye I’ll see you next time!
⬇⬇⬇light spoiler on Ben’s personality⬇⬇⬇
Man, I don’t know how this is gonna work out.
Ben loved Lucy very very much. In addition to that, he was also an alcoholic, violent, moody, full of jealousy guy.
Do you see what I see? The future life of them?
I can see him beating up guys who took a glance at Lucy in a bar. Or worse, domestic violence material had constructed.
That’s just my thought :p