The Last Thing You Said (Sara Biren)

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.

As has been usual now, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go check out her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I enjoyed it way more than I was thinking at first. Actually I loved it, and yeah, of course I cried. This book is again about grief and guilt, but also how to move on from something that you know you had no hand on. But unlike Goodbye Days, where those were the main themes, this one is definitly a romance.

I loved loved loved the writing. I’m super easy to please, but this book just had it: first person, dual POV, direct and beautiful writing. This book also does something a little different, and it has some story chapters, and I loved those! The voices were different, the chapters were short and fast, and reading it just made me feel good, even through the pain. Also, best friends, who have loved each other since forever, having a second chance at love? ADORABLE!

I liked both main characters. I loved that even though Lucy had lost so much, she was still open to other people, and wasn’t mad at life. I did think she did some pretty rash decisions, but she had to make her own mistakes. Ben does and says some pretty bad things through his grief, which was tough to swallow, but I did understand his frustration and guilt though, and I just wanted them to kiss and talk and make up, because it was so clear how great they were for each other.

I thought there were some missed opportunities, especially with Lucy’s brother, and I wish both Lulu and Ben had figured out what they wanted and needed a little earlier, but I really liked their overall journey.

This was a very good book, with deep themes, but an overall hopeful outtake. I highly recommend it.