The Last Time We Were Us (Hardcover)
Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062402479, 368pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend, and the small town lies that have kept them apart. Leah Konen’s The Last Time We Were Us is perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Sara Zarr, and Gayle Forman.
Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are finally 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.
Then Jason Sullivan comes back to town. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd . . . and before he attacked Innis’s older brother and got sent away to juvie. All of Bonneville still thinks he’s dangerous, but Liz finds it hard to believe what people say about her childhood friend. 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? Liz will have to decide if she can trust herself—and her heart—before it’s too late.
About the Author
Leah Konen is the author of The Last Time We Were Us, Love and Other Train Wrecks, and The Romantics. She grew up in a two-stoplight farming town in Washington State before moving to suburban North Carolina, where there were many more stoplights and lots of sweet tea. After studying journalism at the University of North Carolina, she headed to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not working on novels and articles or writing for fashion brands, she enjoys devouring new books; spoiling her dog, Farley; biking around Brooklyn; checking out live music, and binge-watching TV. Find her online at www.leahkonen.com.
Praise For The Last Time We Were Us…
— 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