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The Last Time I Saw You

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  5,591 ratings  ·  999 reviews
From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures, comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one another—and themselves—at their fortieth high school reunion.

To each of the men and women in The Last Time I Saw You, this reunion means something different—a last opportunity to say something long left unsaid, an escape from the...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Random House (first published January 1st 2010)
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Melissa Lee-tammeus
Okay, I will read ANYTHING Berg puts out. ANYTHING. I have been a fan since the very beginning and always will be. I race to get her newest book. With that being said, this book was fluff. A good fluff, but fluff none the less. Her earlier works, such as Talk Before Sleep, Joy School and Range of Motion touched me deeply. I bought them for others as gifts. The last few books she's written are centered on the older generation, which, of course, is a natural wonderful progression (how ever uninten...more
Deborah
Elizabeth Berg is like the little girl with a curl. When she's good, she's very very good, and this is a perfect example. It's a simple story: five people going to their fortieth high school reunion. Berg must be a fan of "The Breakfast Club" because she gives us the typical high school stereotypes: the jock, the brain, the beauty queen, the outcast, and the mean girl. (If the book were written about a tenth high school reunion, it would have to include the Emo kid and the girl with the eating d...more
Louise
I've read every single book that Berg has written and I found this one to be a bit silly to be quite honest.

A bunch of old high school classmates get together for their 40th Reunion which will be their last one. The characters in this novel seemed somewhat juvenile instead of mature people who are now in their 50's and 60's. I can tolerate the women groaning over what they're going to wear, who's going to remember them and if someone they especially want to see again will be there. But I can't t...more
Erin
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Girls Gone Reading
The Last Time I Saw You was not the most influential book that I have read this year, but I don’t think that was Elizabeth Berg’s intention. Berg didn’t focus on racism in the South (The Help) or government produced vampires (The Passage). No. Berg just wrote about what it is like to feel younger than you are, and how it feels to face the people who knew you during one period of your life long ago. And although I don’t think Berg’s novel will change history, I do think the simplicity of the plot...more
Jessica
The Last Time I Saw You is a story about a 40th high school reunion and the people who will be attending. Each of the characters have their own story about why they want to attend and who they'd like to see. Illness, death, relationships and love are recurring themes of the people we get to know. [return][return]This book was fine. Its not particularly funny or interesting or witty or great. I could relate to the characters but found the story a bit unbelievable and odd. For example, If all of t...more
Kelly Hager
I've loved Elizabeth Berg for years now. My best friend Jen loaned me my first one, Joy School. I was still in high school. Now, several years later, I've read all of her books (except for one book of short stories, which I am hoarding).

I always get a bittersweet feeling when I realize that people haven't read Elizabeth Berg. Her books are so fantastic, and they're so honest. I'll read a sentence and be like, "YES! That's exactly how I feel." So I'm excited, because people have so many great boo...more
Amy
When I read Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg, I cried when I finished it. I also got on the computer and “adopted” a soldier in Iraq and started writing letters to him. I had done the same during the Gulf War in college. That’s how much that story and novel moved me. The Last Time I Saw You, unfortunately, just didn’t do the same. It’s not that I must cry or laugh but I do require some resonance. Maybe I can’t relate to 58-year-olds about to attend their 40th high-school reunion....more
Laurel-Rain
A forty-year high school reunion promises so many things to so many people, but especially to Dorothy, Mary Alice, Lester, Candy, and Pete.

What could any of these people find at this unlikeliest of crossroads in their lives? The class beauty searches for meaning and hope for the future; a newly divorced woman hopes to finally attract the class heartthrob; the wall-flower hopes to face up to and overcome her painful past. A lonely widower who has thrown himself into his veterinary practice and pr...more
Kristine
A good read overall, but the resolution was a bit lacking. The ending was not fully developed and it almost seemed as if chapters had been eliminated because of space constraints. How the characters got from where they were at the end of the reunion to the happily ever after ending in the last chapter is a mystery--it would be nice to have those details filled in. As it is, the book seems somewhat incomplete.

Some of the characters were more believable than others. I had a hard time liking Doroth...more
Pat
I am a big fan of Berg so when I started this book, I had great expectations. About 50 pages into it, however, I'm thinking - hmmm, maybe not this time. This is the story of five people attending their 40th high school reunion. The characters seem typical in that the five consisted of the shallow one, the beauty, the jock, the shy one, the geek but Berg does such a great job with character development that I was sad to reach the last page. Life has not turned out the way that they had envisioned...more
Barbara
This book is really bad. Bad. Soap opera, tripe, bad. Even worse, it is about 58/ year olds (me) attending their high school reunion and all their problems, etc. There are parts that could be funny -- but they are dumb. I finished it because one character interested me and I wanted to make sure I was right about her. This book is so predictable, how could anyone be wrong? Seriously, it is not even beach worthy. Shame on me for finishing it.
☮Karen
Elizabeth Berg is one of my very favorite authors, and with my own 40th class reunion coming up, this book struck me in a lot of ways. I adored all the characters except one (the one you're not supposed to like), and Candy and Lester more than a couple of times had me on the verge of tears. Nevertheless, it is an uplifting book about people and nostalgia.
Callie Mish
Had a slow start but once I began reading it seriously I loved it. It's a cute story about what happens decades after high school.. After I was left wanting more...
Janine Coleman
This book details the stories and lives of several high school classmates preparing for their fortieth high school reunion- Dorothy wants to hook up with the best looking guy in her class, Peter. Peter wants to win back his divorced wife, Nora, who also attends the reunion with her new flame, Fred. Loners Mary-Alice and Lester attend the reunion looking to meet back up with the people they knew at a more vulnerable time in their lives. Candy has just been diagnosed with cancer and is struggling...more
Sid Frost
Elizabeth Berg's novel, The Last Time I Saw You, is about a fortieth high-school reunion as told through the eyes of several different people planning for the reunion, attending the reunion, and then what happens afterwards. I read the Kindle version. There were a few typos since it is just out, and, since it is easy to change font sizes, I find more run on words than in printed books.

Dorothy Shauman, the high-school beauty, now divorced and having a difficult time being alone and with her grow...more
Kris
4.5 STARS

Divorced and defeated Dorothy cannot wait wait for the 40th high school reunion as she longs to finally sleep with Pete Decker. If she can get the most popular guy maybe her life won't be so sad. Her ex-husband has already found someone new and her grown daughter is getting married with no input from Dorothy. Mary Alice is still single and back living in her childhood home and helping her senior neighbour, Einer and his caretaker. She longs to go back and show them how far she has come...more
Lynne
This is actually a review of Berg's books in general. I'd read a couple some years ago but recently I picked this one up at the library. I then looked for more and have read four to six others. I find her books to be like Godiva chocolates: high quality, addictive, tasty, but I'm not sure how good they are for me. There's something so COZY about them, so much action in kitchens with so much dessert being consumed. Her women complain they've lost their youthful figures and then chomp another brow...more
Adam
Post Listen Review: Want a reason to not go to your 40th high school reunion? People there might be talking about this book and that would be horribly, horribly boring to listen to.

I am going to use my all new patent-pending lame-o-meter to rate this book. Each incident of lameness (aka bad writing, boring plot or downright absurdity) gets placed on a scale of 1-10 with ten being the lamest thing you've ever heard of.

1.) The author reads the book. She nearly put me to sleep every day at work be...more
Erika
I read this book in 24 hours; it was *that* good. But that's what I expect from Elizabeth Berg, the author. It's like sitting down with a long-time girlfriend, and she has to tell you about her day -- the people she recognized, the things that made her laugh, the way certain people touched or looked at each other that made her smile. That's how Berg writes.

This story is about a high school reunion, told in third-person but from the perspectives of several 59-year-olds who are going to their 40t...more
Karen
This book was hugely disappointing as was Elizabeth Berg's last book "Dream when you're feeling blue". Elizabeth used to be one of my all time favorite authors and I am not sure what has changed. Have I changed or has she? I like to think that authors like fine wine improved with age and time but Berg has not. Is it poor editing? Lack of enthusiasm? My interpretation?
This story is comprised of vignettes of people in there late 50's preparing to go to their 40th (and final High School reunion). T...more
Andrea
I LOVE BERG'S VOICE IN HER WRITING - AND THIS BOOK HAD LOTS OF CONVERSATION. I CAN TRULY PICTURE AND KNOW HER CHARACTERS - SHE MAKES THEIR PERSONALITIS COME ALIVE ON THE PAGE.

THE STORY TAKES PLACE WITH ANTICIPATION OF A 40TH CLASS REUNION. THERE ARE 5 MAIN PARTICIPANTS IN THE STORY - A MIX OF POPULAR AND OUTCAST KIDS DURING THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS. NOW THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THE REUNION MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY ARE UN FULFILLED IN MANY WAYS. DOROTHY WORKS ON HER APPEARANCE - SHE WANTS TO CAPTURE "PETE"...more
Jennifer
A quick and enjoyable read. I liked that different chapters were from the perspective of different characters and that we could see them change and grow, even at the ripe old age of 58. I liked that we could see the sameness of people's motivations and insecurities from youth to middle age.

My only real complaint was the quick wrap-up style of the last chapter. It was unclear how much time had passed until I got to the last character, at which point it was clear that 2.5 or more years had passed,...more
Amy
Time I will never get back - wasted time, that is, while reading this book. Don't make the same mistake I did. The characters, most of them, were completely unlikeable. The story was completely unbelievable. No class reunion is like that. People socialize, they perhaps drink too much, the spouses feel left out but everyone generally has a good time. No one orders themselves flowers or brings their overweight dog. It was awful! I only finished it because I chose this book for my vacation and had...more
Annette
When I started reading this book I thought, because of the author and how well-written the beginning was, that this just might end up being one of my favorite books. Unfortunately, it did not end up that way. Mid-way through, the story became almost childish, having the characters attending their 40th year reunion, but acting like they were still in high school. The end was quite a disappointment - it very quickly wrapped up the entire book in the last two pages, making sure everyone lived happi...more
Margaret
Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors but I didn't think this books was up to her usual standards. I liked the idea of the class reunion and the character's having their different reasons for going. Some of the character's were better defined than others and I had a hard time getting connected with them but there were a couple of them that you hoped things would work out. There were changes after the reunion but I felt she rushed the end of the book so I wasn't clear on how that came abou...more
Krauh
A quick read. Seemingly a light and rather inconsequential subject. A bunch of older people going to their last high school reunion. I don't know why it would be the last, but I guess that's what this fictional high school does. Maybe all their graduates tend to die soon after they have lived 40 years past high school!

As you get to know the characters, you tend to like some more than others, but I think the author did a pretty good job of giving life to them, so that we can see a bit about what...more
Bednarzterry
Elizabeth Berg is one of my cherished authors, but I must sadly say that this book was not up to her usual, in my opinion. I had a hard time following the story through the first half of the book...new characters being introduced at the beginning of each chapter in unrelated stories. When it finally came together, I didn't feel very invested in any particular story. It also had some vulgar moments which isn't her usual at all. Oh well...they can't all be winners I suppose. I still love her!!! :-...more
Melissa
HOTE: I listened to this on audio

This is the best Elizabeth Berg I've read in a long time. I can't believe how much I could relate to a bunch of people going to their 40th high school reunion (I only went to my 20th a couple of years ago)! I really felt for some of the characters and shared their anxiety and anticipation of the reunion as it approached. The reunion itself wasn't as much fun - it didn't go the way I'd hoped it would - but the ending was satisfying. A good read (listen).
Catherine
My 40th High School Reunion was last year. I was unable to go back for it. I thought this book might be an amusing little proxy for it.

Turns out, it was much more than that. it was amusing-yes. But also poignant and soulful. I felt engaged with all of the characters, and could not help but substitute and project my remembrances of former classmates into this tale of a 40th Class Reunion.

I will most definitely look for other novels that Elizabeth Berg has written.
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Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The w...more
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