Friday, 2 June 2017

Review - The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Sara Biren
Pages: 320
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: 4th April 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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 Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to ABRAMS Kids and NetGalley*

Ben and Lucy's lives are turned upside down when Trixie, Ben's sister and Lucy's best friend, dies unexpectedly.
Grief stricken, Ben and Lucy, who were moments away from revealing how they felt about each other, grow further apart. But Lucy still loves Ben, despite the things he has said and done since Trixie's death.
Can Ben and Lucy overcome their grief?
Can Lucy forgive Ben?

The Last Thing You Said to me was an emotional read.
I thought that the author handled the subject of grief well and in a believable way.
I felt sorry for both Ben and Lucy but there were times when I wanted to give them a shake - more so Ben who could have done with a kick up the butt. However, I could understand why they were acting the way they were.
When Simon was first introduced I hated him - I was rooting for Ben the whole time - but by the end I felt bad for him.
Emily was really cute and I liked that Lucy told her 'Trixie's' - stories about Trixie.
The plot was good but I wasn't gripped and nothing happened that surprised me.
The writing style was enjoyable and held my attention.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.