The Last Thing You Said (Hardcover)

By Sara Biren

Amulet Books, 9781419723049, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

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Description

Lucy always loved summers on Halcyon Lake--sunning on the lake raft, relaxing on the boat, and spending every possible minute with her best friend, Trixie, and Trixie's brother, Ben, Lucy's lifelong crush. Until last summer, when one tragic event turned their idyllic world upside down. Now, nothing is the same. This summer, Trixie is gone, and Ben is distant, numbing his pain with parties and a string of interchangeable girlfriends.
         Lucy does her best to move on and avoid this cold new Ben. She throws herself into babysitting, waitressing, and a sweet new romance with the renter next door. But in their small lake town, forgetting the past--and Ben--proves impossible. He still seems to be everywhere: at work, at the movies . . . and in Lucy's heart. Lucy so wants to move on, but how can she forgive when she can't forget?
          The Last Thing You Said is a deeply felt and romantic novel about listening to your heart and finding your path, whether that path leads to romance, healing, or your best self.

"A heartwarming story about the indelible marks left by first love and first loss. This book will give you all the feels." --Julix Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things, a New York Times bestseller
"A beautiful, gut-wrenching story about the complexities of grief and the saving grace of family, friendship, and love. Brave, raw, and exquisitely written." --Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing
"A beautiful look at the enduring power of first love." --S.M. Parker, author of The Girl Who Fell


About the Author

Sara Biren is the author of The Last Thing You Said. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has had several short stories published in literary journals. She lives outside of Minneapolis with her husband and two children. Visit Sara at sarabiren.com.


Praise For The Last Thing You Said

"This is a brave debut, a brave look at the raw, messy, confusing bits of young love" 


"A beautiful, gut-wrenching story about the complexities of grief and the saving grace of family, friendship, and love. Brave, raw, and exquisitely written." 


**STARRED REVIEW**
"Biren's debut novel offers a tender look at a particular moment in the lives of two teens...The best kind of tragic love story."


"Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books will find much to love in this emotional romance."


"Biren’s tender story aches as the teens and their families try to put the pieces of their lives together again and find a way to heal... The compelling story will leave readers feeling the characters’ pain and cheering for them at the same time—and looking forward to more from this author."