Mini ARC Review: The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

Title: The Last Time We Were Us
Author: Leah Konen
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Pages: Kindle, 368 pages
My Rating: 3 Stars

A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.

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?

“You’re the one person who believes in me.”

Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.

  I was given an ARC by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

   The Last Time We Were Us had a rocky start for me. For the first 20% of the book, I was bored and almost wanted to put the book down. It just wasn’t holding my interest, and I wanted to give up. However, as I read on, the plot became better and better. And although this is just a “meh” book, I didn’t anymore want to give up on it.

   This is the type of book that is mostly just in between, but it has some good parts and a few bad parts occasionally. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I never really hated it anyway. What I really love about this book is despite the fact that it has more than 300 pages, it still was a breeze to read and I managed to fly through it in a day. There are actually some pretty great quotes too!

   The Last Time We Were Us and I didn’t hit it off, but I still didn’t hate it overall. It’s a light and short read, and it kept me busy for a while. I guess this book just sn’t for me.

well-that-went-downhill stars

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