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.
What a bumpy ride you are about to embark on when you encounter Leah Konen’s ‘The Last Time We Were Us’. All I can feel is my heartbreaking and serious denial that the book is over. I expect BIG things from Leah Konen after this novel – BIG!
As a YA contemporary romance novel, there is only so many ways you can tell the story. The whole idea of being stuck between two guys, this situation is between Jason and Innis, has always seemed rather pathetic to me. Maybe that’s because I’ve never been one to have serial relationships or fall head over heels for a boy. Seriously, I am a total love virgin. I adored how Leah Konen managed to spark the romance though and keep you routing. Whether you’re TeamJason or TeamInnis, you are not disappointed. The romance was brilliant. As a hopeless romantic, this book just appealed to me so much.
Yet there was also the mysterious element to the novel – something which was executed fantastically. You spend most of the novel wondering whether Jason really is the big bad wolf he is made out to be, or whether there is a more sinister villain hiding in the woodwork. Its the little things guys.
Lizzie (not Liz) was a good protagonist to follow, even if at times her internal struggles felt a little bit cliche. When I looked past her annoying inability to choose one guy, or at least until towards the end of the novel, I thought she was quite a cute character. She has the whole strong, independent woman vibes – something she has picked up on due to her friend MacKenzie. I adored her spunk and ability to give back as good as she got, even if I personally would be too afraid to start an argument with my mother or father. Lizzie had balls. And she had to, understandingly. Considering she has to fight for the approval of all those who should side with her no matter what.
The book is a real eye opener. I feel like I should be sobbing even more, because yes, the ending is a little bit too much for me to handle. The Last Time We Were Us deserves a brilliant five out of five, because I struggle to find faults. Not one of the quickest stories I’ve read but it was definitely worth the read. And Leah Konen? You just earned yourself a fan!
Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.
Madison @ Madison’s Library says “The Last Time We Were Us is the perfect mix of romance and social issues.”
Island Geek Girl @ Overflowing Bookshelves says “It was a slower read than I anticipated.”
Lovelene @ These Trapped Words says “This is a recommended book perfect for summer reads!”