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The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon

2.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  174 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
"We have to get to her first…" Abducted? Runaway? Murder victim? Lily Odilon—local wild child from a middle-of-nowhere town—has vanished after spending the night with her boyfriend, new kid Albert Morales. Suspected in her disappearance, Albert sets out with Lily’s prickly younger sister, Olivia, to discover what really happened to Lily—and to keep the promise he made to h ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published October 8th 2010 by Flux (first published October 1st 2010)
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May 15, 2011 Jill rated it it was ok
It's hard trying to decide between two and three stars here, but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, so I will go with two stars.

This was the story of a girl who suddenly disappears surrounded by a web of mystery! Her boyfriend and younger sister go on a journey to find her.

The author had an interesting way of writing the story. She wrote it in three different parts - one was the story of how the boyfriend and girlfriend got together, one was the events leading up to the journey to find th
Sarah Stewart
Sarah Stewart

Albert Morales thought he had it good: his girlfriend’s family was out of town and he stayed the night. That was until he woke up to find his girlfriend, Lily, missing. Everyone thought he had something to do with it, but he didn’t. After receiving a letter from her, he knew she was in trouble. Lily had been in an accident and didn’t remember much before it, however her memories were coming back, and she was now hiding. He knew he must do some of his own investigating if he w
Nov 11, 2014 A.L. rated it it was amazing
I loved how raw and honest Albert's emotions were. This is how I remember feeling love when I was a teenager: all confusion and deep feelings. The adults in his life don't understand what he's feeling or take him seriously, and now that I'm an adult I could totally see his relationship with Lily through their eyes (RED FLAGS!). Still, I rooted for Lily and Albert SO MUCH because I knew they needed each other. And when the truth comes out, you see that people were too hasty to judge Lily when the ...more
May 09, 2011 Gabrielle rated it it was ok
I don't get the comparison with John Green's Paper Towns AT ALL. This book has some interesting ideas, but they are disjointed and the format (that's right, I'm complaining about the format) was distracting. The alternating chapters need different fonts or something to help readers distinguish between past and present. I kept feeling like the author was trying to tell me things about the characters that I just wasn't getting...
Victoria Waddle
May 05, 2016 Victoria Waddle rated it really liked it
Eighteen-year-old Lily Odilon has been in trouble before. When Albert Morales meets her, there are plenty of rumors swirling around her--she had been a party girl, but isn’t anymore; she had an ‘accident’ and was hospitalized for a long time; she sometimes acts very strangely.

None of that matters to Albert. He’s the new big city kid in the small high school in the small Idaho town of Little Solace. (Is that a great name for a town or what? Love the double meaning which added to the story.) It se
Hannah Salamone
Sep 26, 2014 Hannah Salamone rated it did not like it
I would not recommend this book to anyone. It didn't have an ending, it just randomly finished. I sat confused for a few minutes trying to figure out if someone had torn out the last page, but no, for some reason the author intended to do that. Besides that, it still wasn't very good. The plot was tremendously weak and it followed three different story lines. This made it difficult to focus on and I was close to giving up. I did finish it, but I honestly cannot tell you why I decided to do that.
Jan 26, 2015 Ellie rated it really liked it
The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon
By: Sara Beitia

I read the book The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon. This book is about teenager named Lily, who goes missing after her boyfriend spends the night. The whole disappearance is mysterious and no one knows if it was an abduction, murder, or she ran away. Lily has already suffered with many things. She often got in trouble at school and never really had a reliable group of friends. Matters got worse one night when she snuck into her stepfathers dentis
Jan 09, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it did not like it
I do not recommend this book.

There was enough suspense that I kept reading it thinking something interesting might happen. The main character you never really meet. She is a flipping crazy girl with a personality disorder that hasn't really treated her boyfriend or her sister with love or respect. She is manipulative, unreliable, and definitely unpredictable. Why they care so much about her is impossible to understand. (Well except for the fact that Albert has a condom in his pocket.) She belon
Maria Peralta
May 26, 2013 Maria Peralta rated it liked it
The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon follows Lily's boyfriend, Albert Morales, and her sister, Olivia Odilon on their search for Lily. Lily was last seen by Albert when they spend the night together. When he wakes up, Lily and her car are gone and only a confusing, secret message is found in her place. Albert is the number one suspect in the police's eyes but despite this, he decides to go on a search for Lily. He convinces Olivia to tag along although the two do not really see eye to eye. The two ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok
This storyline was suspenseful, despite somewhat obvious hints at the outcome, and an okay read. The beginning piqued my curiosity enough to continue reading but probably would not hold the attention of someone who needs to be able to get into the story within the first thirty pages. The characters were not very likable; the point of view was too impersonal, and Albert was entirely too clueless. It was also difficult to feel an attachment to his and Lily's relationship, since details of it were ...more
Amanda (Born Bookish)
This book was a mix of good and bad. The plot was good, and the author did a good job of creating a well paced and suspenseful read. However, the characters weren’t all that likable and the story’s format was confusing to say the least.

The book wastes no time jumping right into the action and kept up a good pace throughout. While a lot of the time I could see what was coming even though Albert was absolutely clueless, there was still a sense of suspense for the overall plot that kept me intrigue
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon reminded me a lot of Paper Towns by John Green, and this comparison is actually mentioned in the book's press release - so I am here to say that this is very accurate.

Our plot consists of a girl going missing (like Paper Towns), and her best friend looking for her (like Paper Towns). The process and adventure, of course is different - poor Albert in this book doesn't have much to go on at first, and it gets pretty intense because we find out much more about Li
Oct 06, 2015 Kenzie rated it liked it
The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon by Sara Beita was a very intriguing mystery. I was very eager to finish it and it didn't have a lot of slow parts. However, the ending was terrible. I would give it a 3/5 because of the bad ending. If you like mysteries and suspense, I think you will like this book, but don't expect a significant ending.
Nov 15, 2015 Aqsa rated it it was ok
This probably would have been three stars if the ending wasn't so abrupt after all that buildup. I needed to see the aftermath of Albert finding Lily. The formatting of the book was also distracting. It felt as if the chapters about the past were slow going and the chapters about what was currently happening was going by too fast. The flow was messed up.
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Yay! I'm finished reading for PPYA! For a month or so at least, until the next round! And ending my reading on a John Green-ish novel was a good thing! Lily has disappeared, and it's up to her boyfriend and sister to find her. Told in chapters alternating from now to a few months ago, with some diary entries thrown in, the suspense builds. I won't give anything away, but you know what happened to Lily about half way through the book, but the reader doesn't know what happens to the characters. I ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Savannah rated it really liked it
I really liked this book but the ending was/is a downer. Besides that I really did like this book. I like how it isn't a copy of someother books. But the author had a good idea, plot and characters. Sarah Beitia is a good author but I feel like at the end she kind of ran out of steam. Or she tried to do a cliff hangar and left to much open to the reader. I don't know but I wasn't really impressed by it. The character Olivia; Lily's sister. I like how she didn't back down when Albert; Llily's boy ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Stacey rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Started out good, but became very predictable. Ending was not very satisfying.
Read to page 25, not too impressed. Didn't enjoy writing style.
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Apr 15, 2016 Pikachu †FearStreetZombie† marked it as never-reading-triggers
*reasons why I won't read this book*
Rape triggers.
May 02, 2013 Rebekah rated it did not like it
When I first saw this book, I thought it looked interesting and suspenseful. Turns out it was in the beginning. I read about half the book and was completely bored with it. The writing is good, but it moves so slow, I lost interest. I skipped tons of chapters just to read the end, finding out there wasn't much of a mystery at all. Plus I didn't miss anything by skipping the chapters that I didn't read. This definitely wasn't a book for me, but if you like very slow books, then you would love thi ...more
Dec 06, 2012 TheSaint rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, suspense
What happended to the last pages of this book? It started out as a speedy little thriller. The author thought enough of her readers to give credible explanations of why the protagonist didn't trust the adults he comes across-- leading him to act on his own. Nice. Many authors don't bother with this touch.
Unfortunately, she didn't bother to finish the darn book! Really. Great rising action, tolerable climax. End. No denoument. No resolution of the big bad adults. Very unsatisfying.
Mar 26, 2011 Vi rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, friendships, abuse
Albert Morales is the new boy in town. He somehow starts a relationship with Lily Odilon, the 2nd year senior and town delinquent. On the first night that Albert and Lily spend together, Lily disappears in the middle of the night because she is remembering something. Albert is soon accused of Lily's disappearance. Albert and Lily's little sister now go on an advetnure looking for Lily's last good place.

Not a very fast read because of the multiple flashbacks.
Nov 19, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
I barely read this book (I only got 56 pages though it) but I just couldn't stand it. The format is confusing, jumping from one thing to another. I didn't enjoy the characters. The plot sounded a lot more interesting than it is. I just overall didn't like the book.

Plus, how are people comparing this to Paper Towns by John Green? That's one of my favorite books, and if anything it's an insult to compare this book to something so great.
Mar 05, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, ppya2011
The mystery and suspense were definitely there. The narrative tense is odd in some places, and took me out of the book and had me focusing on the writing. I was impatient in some places, mainly due to some excessive descriptions. The flashback technique is used well. Overall, a good read for me, and one I can definitely see teens grabbing and reading with pleasure.
Feb 07, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Similar to Paper Towns, but I really did like this better - I liked the characters better, I felt like there was more solid reasoning behind things, there were some bad guys that felt like real bad guys. Interesting - I'll read it again. Similar sort of abrupt ending, but I didn't mind it with this story (possibly because I'd read some reviews and had some warning).
Jessie Wilkens
Aug 22, 2011 Jessie Wilkens rated it did not like it
I did not care for this one. I was not engaged in the story and I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters. I thought the plot was thin at best and there were unresolved issues between Olivia and Albert. Only positive I can offer is I thought the alternating story lines worked well. If only the story did.
Nov 07, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
I am sorry, but this just wasn't the book for me. It didn't go anyway...there was no suspense, no twists and turns, no knew what was happening all the time.

I did a video review of this on youtube under ocdofbooks if you want to check that out.
Aug 27, 2011 Annika rated it liked it
I didn't care much for this book. It certainly had suspense and mystery, but it seemed a little weird. The ending I did not enjoy, it left me hanging (not in the good cliffy way) and impatient. It was an okay book but I wouldn't seriously recommend it.
The book was okay but it felt very dated. The entire time I was reading I kept wondering if it was a repriting from the eighties. Originally I thought it might be based in the seventies, based on the dialog but the characters had cell phones.
Dec 01, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
This book kept me on my toes! I loved how she set up the two story lines, eventually meeting in the present. However, I really think the ending should have been expanded, I was not satisfied.
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