Review: The Last Time We Were Us

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. 

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?

First, you’re best friends with the boy next door.  Then he ditches you for the popular crowd.  Then he gets arrested for fighting and permanently scarring Skip Taylor, and the Taylors are practically royalty in Bonneville.

And then, 18 months later, he’s released from juvie for good behavior.

Liz Grant is on her way to getting everything she wants: popularity and to catch the eye of the most popular boy in town, Innis Taylor.  Thanks to her best friend, MacKenzie, she’s about to have the best summer of her life and senior year is going to be epic.  The last thing Liz Grant expected was for her ex-best friend, Jason Sullivan, to be released early from juvie.

Associating with Jason could ruin everything she’s worked for over the last few months, but there was a time when he was her best friend.  Liz always found it hard to believe that Jason did what they said he did and now he’s reaching out to her, the only one who will listen.  She knows she can’t be seen with him – he hurt too many people she cares about – but she wants answers.

Is Liz brave enough to take the risk of losing her friends and family’s respect to find out the truth?

Let’s be honest…

I had high hopes for this book and I can’t say that I was disappointed, but it wasn’t quite as good as I was expecting. I liked it, I did.  The plot is a little predictable, which is probably why I only ‘liked’ the book as opposed to ‘loved’ it.  If there had been a twist to what happened the night Jason was arrested, then the story would’ve had a real kick to it.

As far as the characters go I think they were mostly believable because of their flaws.  Liz kind of just went along with what her family and friends said was best for her and didn’t think much for what it was that she really wanted until push came to shove.  She showed some development throughout the book.  Liz’s mother and best friend were mostly jerks because if Liz’s choices didn’t benefit their social standing, they were against it.  They, along with Liz’s sister, didn’t care about what it was that Liz wanted and was going through.  And Innis, he turned out to just be a spoiled brat who went around thinking he was invincible and could get whatever he wanted.

For the most part the story was good.  As I had said earlier, if there were just a few more twists in the story that weren’t so predictable, then it would’ve been even better.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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