Monday, 15 May 2017
Book Review: The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren
After reading the synopsis for The Last Thing You Said I knew I had to more about it. I needed to learn more about this lost friendship between Ben and Lucy, and if it was possible to fix everything that has been broken.
The Last Thing You Said is told in dual point of view, showing us both Ben and Lucy's side of the story, with the occasional snippet from Lucy's past and her friendship with Trixie. We start the book with Lucy, who is babysitting Emily, Trixie's cousin, as well as doing odd jobs around the resort she lives on. Ben has come back for the summer to help out with the fishing boats, and it's easy to see the animosity between these two. There is a lot of history between this duo, and we get to see this through flashbacks, but some hastily spoken words at an emotional time meant this friendship quickly vanished.
I liked that we get to see both points of view throughout The Last Thing You Said, seeing the memories of happier times, the regrets of this past decisions, and thier thoughts about the current situation. The journey isn't an easy one, and thier are a lot of ups and downs throughout the pages, including a new friend, a sneak out to a rodeo, a fire and more.
There were moments in the book that I wanted to kick butt and force Ben and Lucy to talk things through and finally sort things out, but I think they needed to finish thier journeys to realise what they wanted and needed. I liked the progression of the book as a whole, especially how it's divided up into months. I enjoyed seeing friendships form or grow stronger.
The Last Thing You Said was an enjoyable read, and I even shed a tear or ten reading it. This is a debut book for Sara Biren, and I'm definitely interested in reading more from this author.