I was kindly sent an e-arc of this book to review from NetGalley. All opinions and feelings remain my own.
Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.
The Last Thing You Said was an enjoyable read that explored grief and love. I liked the way grief was portrayed in this book, it felt very real and was represented well. I also loved how Sara Biren explores love after grief, it was refreshing seeing Lucy a little bit hesitant about love after her loss, instead of rushing into things like a lot of YA books these days.
The writing complimented the story well and didn’t complicate elements of the book. I also enjoyed the back and forth of the story telling between the present and future, as slowly more details were revealed. Although this was a pleasant read I felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters as much as I would’ve liked to and I didn’t feel emotionally connected to the story either.