The Last Thing You Said – Sarah Biren

I am a crying, snivelling mess. What an incredible book! You really feel for Lucy and everything she has to deal with after Trixie’s death. And I’m so glad we got to read from Ben’s perspective as well, or else I doubt I’d be so sympathetic to him.

Synopsis

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.

Review

I am a crying, snivelling mess. What an incredible book! You really feel for Lucy and everything she has to deal with after Trixie’s death. And I’m so glad we got to read from Ben’s perspective as well, or else I doubt I’d be so sympathetic to him.

A cool thing about this book was that there were so many side storylines, yet they were all interesting. Simon, and Lucy’s choices around him — you should know something’s off when your rationale is, “He’s cute, so why not?” Clayton’s storyline was interesting too — I wonder how he turned into such a college dudebro. Lucy’s family’s financial situation was interesting. Ben’s dad and his alcoholism was an offhanded issue, but one addressed neatly by the end of the book. Guthrie and Hannah — I sniffed that one out from a mile away! I even liked seeing how important Lucy was to Trixie’s parents, and enjoyed when they realized how much they all had to lean on each other.

I wasn’t that big of a fan of the Trixies and other flashbacks, except for the ones that made us fall in love with Ben. I loved how Lucy shared her top five things about him to her best friends. I adored the wedding. I like how Lucy held onto the agate because it meant something important to her. Also, the inuktuk thing was fabulous. Go Ben!

Ben was his own worst enemy. From the Danas to the drinking to the meanness he inflicted on the people he loved, I was so frustrated by him throughout the book. He’ll never be able to go back to his happy-go-lucky self, or the innocence of his childhood. But I hope he realizes what he has in his life and doesn’t let it go.

Related Reading

  • Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson
  • The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen
  • I Was Here – Gayle Forman
  • The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord

Rating: 5/5

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