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Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 10, 2016
Genres: Family, Friendship, Teen, Young Adult
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A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.
Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are getting invited to all the best parties, and with any luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend before the Fourth of July.
Local teen convict released early.
Jason Sullivan wasn’t supposed to come back from juvie. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd. Before he attacked Innis’s older brother, leaving Skip’s face burned and their town in shock.
“Everything is not what you think.”
Liz always found it hard to believe what they said about Jason, but all of Bonneville thinks he’s dangerous. If word gets out she’s seeing him, she could lose everything. But what if there’s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out?
“You’re the one person who believes in me.”
Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.
Oh look at how pretty that cover is. And the synopsis, a bad boy returns and turns the summer of a girl upside down. So dreamy, it has to be good. Right? It should be amazing, please be amazing. I have so much hope… But sadly no, The Last Time We Were Us was a mashup of some of the worst YA offenders and almost the entire read annoyed me.
The plot that sounded so very good, was instead a blend of awful people, places and things. The Last Time We Were Us featured a mother trying to force her teen daughter on the “upstanding citizen rich boy”, said horrible douchy rich boy, a sister who threatens to kick our young heroine out of her wedding every time she breaths wrong, a best friend only concerned with being popular and boys liking you, and the dreamy bad boy really just being super bland. Between the peer pressure to have sex, ’cause that’s what makes boys swoon and want to make you their one and only, the desperately trying tension of “the incident” that happened and the repellent social-climbing of the mother I was super turned off.
Now I will say that there were a few things I really enjoyed. The kids cursed. They are teenagers, they do that. They had sex. They did not have fuzzy fairy tale time under the sheets. However these few things were not enough to make me enjoy this read. Leah Konen did have some good runs in her writing that saved this from being a completely bad read, but was sadly so mired in stereotype that even with the best of writing could not have saved The Last Time We Were Us.
Favorite lines – We could never be us again, not the way we were. Because too many things have changed since the last time we stared at the sky together. Another three pop, lighting up the sky—explosive. Things like fireworks—once they happen, they can’t ever be undone.
Biggest cliché – 80% of it.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge