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The Last Time We Were Us Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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“She describes alcohol, sex, love, and loss frankly and realistically…an easy, intelligent coming-of-age tale.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A thoughtful coming-of-age novel about trusting yourself.” (Booklist Online)
“Leah Konen beautifully captures the complexity of friendship, love, loyalty, and trust, and reminds us that sometimes things that seem so simple are anything but.” (Jennifer Brown, award-winning author of the Hate List)
“Totally absorbing! The perfect summer read!” (Leila Howland, author of Nantucket Blue)
“This book is brimming with intrigue, romance, betrayal and redemption. In short, a very satisfying read.” (Melissa Walker, author of Unbreak My Heart)
“Reading Leah Konen’s southern debut reminded me that every time we seek out answers, we are amazed by what we find within ourselves. A sexy, intriguing novel about inner strength and following your own arrow.” (Alecia Whitaker, author of the Wallflower series)
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Leah Konen is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Visit her at leahkonen.com.
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Liz used to go by Lizzie and her life used to be simple. But the summer before her senior year is anything but as she has to sift through the expectations of her friends and family to figure what she might really want. Thanks to her best friend MacKenzie's concentrated efforts, she and Liz are on the verge of popularity. Liz is getting invited to the best parties. Everyone is certain that if Liz plays her cards right she'll have Innis Taylor--the hottest and most popular guy in Bonneville--as her boyfriend.
When her childhood best friend, Jason, comes home unexpectedly from juvie the obvious thing to do is ignore him. Liz doesn't owe Jason anything. She isn't even sure she can give him the friendship that he's asking for. Liz never wanted to believe that Jason was capable of attacking someone but the rest of the town is convinced that he is guilty and still dangerous.
Liz has every reason to avoid Jason and everything to lose if anyone catches them together. But the more Liz remembers about who she and Jason used to be together, the more she finds herself drawn to him and the secrets he keeps alluding to that surround his arrest. Liz will have to learn how to trust Jason again as she remembers his role in her past and decides if he deserves a place in her future in The Last Time We Were Us (2016) by Leah Konen.
The Last Time We Were Us is Konen's second novel.
This book explores a lot of the themes covered in Matthew Quick's Every Exquisite Thing. However, the idea of finding yourself and the value to be had in teenage rebellion is handled more effectively here and without the obvious disdain Quick displays for his heroine throughout.
The Last Time We Were Us is a subtle, sexy story about figuring out who you want to be when everyone already seems to know you. Liz remains extremely aware of who she is and of her own values--even if that sometimes means deeply disappointing those closest to her. While this story has action and twists, it remains largely introspective with Liz working through some of her largest conflicts on her own as she tries to choose the kind of person she wants to be moving forward.
This book is one of those formative stories where the writing is so smart and so on point that it often feels like have your own thoughts and ideas spoken back to you. Konen's evocative descriptions of Bonneville and a varied (though probably all white) cast help to further develop the story. The Last Time We Were Us is a thoughtful exploration of what place nostalgia and memory have in life as you grow older and how, even when you try not to, the past can irretrievably shape your future.
The Last Time We Were Us is a story with a hint of mystery, romance, and a healthy dose of feminism. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
Possible Pairings: The Game of Love and Death by Martha A. Brockenbrough, How to Love by Katie Cotugno, The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Weight of Feathers by Anne-Marie McLemore, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
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Liz is looking forward to having a great summer - especially since she is starting to see Innis Taylor, who is one...Read more