Author: Leah Konen
Publisher by: HarperCollins Publishers, Katherine Tegen Books
Published on: May 10, 2016
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.
The synopsis to The Last Time We Were Us immediately piqued my interest. Former best friends? Check. An incident that tore them apart? Check. A potential new romance? Check. I love a potential friends to lovers story. I was so curious about the relationship between Liz and Jason. I wanted to know more about their past friendship and what exactly took place that broke them apart. This novel wasn’t exactly what I expected but there were parts that I enjoyed.
Liz was an interesting, albeit a bit whiny (immature?) character. She was your typical teenaged girl and she had to deal with the familial peer pressure to be the perfect girl, the type of girl that wouldn’t hang out with a post juvie Jason, the kind of girl who would go out with the seemingly sweet, polite, boy next door type, Innes. I’m not sure how I really felt about Innis. Even from the beginning I was a bit weary of him and his behavior. Jason was a character that I was anxious to know more about. I generally liked him but I knew there was more to him and more to his story.
This was a story that dealt with day to day issues but it also dealt with public perceptions and peer pressures. While it did have romance and a slight love triangle, I do wish that there had been a bit more romantic development ( a little more swoon worthy-ness) in the story. The pace was a bit slow at times and the end a bit dramatic but the overall story and premise kept me turning the pages.
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