Monday, 15 May 2017

Book Review: The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren


Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Sara Biren
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance,
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: 4th April 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
After reading the synopsis for The Last Thing You Said I knew I had to more about it. I needed to learn more about this lost friendship between Ben and Lucy, and if it was possible to fix everything that has been broken.

The Last Thing You Said is told in dual point of view, showing us both Ben and Lucy's side of the story, with the occasional snippet from Lucy's past and her friendship with Trixie. We start the book with Lucy, who is babysitting Emily, Trixie's cousin, as well as doing odd jobs around the resort she lives on. Ben has come back for the summer to help out with the fishing boats, and it's easy to see the animosity between these two. There is a lot of history between this duo, and we get to see this through flashbacks, but some hastily spoken words at an emotional time meant this friendship quickly vanished.

I liked that we get to see both points of view throughout The Last Thing You Said, seeing the memories of happier times, the regrets of this past decisions, and thier thoughts about the current situation. The journey isn't an easy one, and thier are a lot of ups and downs throughout the pages, including a new friend, a sneak out to a rodeo, a fire and more.

There were moments in the book that I wanted to kick butt and force Ben and Lucy to talk things through and finally sort things out, but I think they needed to finish thier journeys to realise what they wanted and needed. I liked the progression of the book as a whole, especially how it's divided up into months. I enjoyed seeing friendships form or grow stronger.

Final Verdict
The Last Thing You Said was an enjoyable read, and I even shed a tear or ten reading it. This is a debut book for Sara Biren, and I'm definitely interested in reading more from this author.

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