The Last Time We Were Us
By: Leah Konen
Released: May 10, 2016
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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? (Goodreads)
The Last Time We Were Us is a captivating story, but unfortunately this book wasn't for me. By the time I finished the last page, I just felt disappointed with the story and the characters.
The Last Time We Were Us is the story of Liz who is planning on having the best summer with her popular friends. However things become more complicated when her former best friend, Jason is released from juvie. He was sentenced for attacking the older brother of Liz's new boyfriend.
Liz was a character that I really struggled to connect with. I felt like she wasn't developed all that well and she came across as flat for the majority of the book. Liz wants so badly to be popular and to remain on the good side of the popular kids. She allows them to pressure her into situations and allows them to tell her what to do. She's absolutely a realistic teenage girl in realistic situations. The pressure to remain popular is realistic, but I felt like this book was missing more of Liz's own thoughts and emotions regarding that pressure.
The side characters and the romance also lacked development. I especially thought that Jason had a really interesting story, but it was never fully developed. I wanted to get to know Jason a lot more.
The plot felt rushed and repetitive. The main storyline was interesting and I was invested in it enough to finish this book. However, I felt like there were several side storylines going on as well that made it feel like there was just too much happening.
Overall The Last Time We Were Us was not for me. It was a story heavy on the drama with not enough development.