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The Last Time I Saw You

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  7,240 Ratings  ·  1,188 Reviews
As onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend for their fortieth high school reunion, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heartthrob. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice, it’s a chance to ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Ballantine Books
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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
Dec 25, 2015 Fortunr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I know: it is fluffy, lowbrow, chick lit stuff. But I must be honest and admit that I liked it. A pleasant light book with some moments of lyricism and with a couple of nice personal stories and reasonably depicted personalities. You will not find any deep introspective thinking here, make no mistakes. But it is not too bad either.
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
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
Apr 05, 2010 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2010 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 26, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book may be called chic lit but it was a chic lit with a lot of depth. This is the story of a high school reunion of some 60 year olds . Some of them are happy with their families, some are on the brink of divorce, some are already divorced and some have preferred to remain single. It is all their life and more. They came to the reunion with certain expectations and to affirm to the rest how they have fared in life. They all still harboured images of each other when they were lanky teenager ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 28, 2012 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kelly Hager
Apr 17, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2010 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2015 Jeanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Others of hers I have read I enjoyed more. These people seemed terribly simplistic to me. Some rather more unkind or superficial too than their age or condition would warrant. Immature in their gossip levels? Something is really off for their length of life experience, IMHO. Some aspects in their priorities seem just too silly and pretentious for any deep interest on my side to the outcomes. A few of these people were just plain shallow. I couldn't connect, even though I DID go to 40 year and 50 ...more
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
May 03, 2010 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While personally, I will never ever attend a high school reunion myself, this book provided interesting insight into what it would be like to see former high school classmates. Do people change? Do people grow up? Or are we all the same throughout our lives as we were in those impressionable years in high school? Elizabeth Berg wrote beautiful characters and, even though it seemed they were the stereotypical jocks, nerds, and popular kids from high school, she made them more complex and emotiona ...more
Sheryl Sorrentino
What can I say about Elizabeth Berg? Sure, she writes "fluff," but it's 5-star fluff with a little protein to make it stick. This book, like her others, is well-executed and engaging. It contains lasting messages about (seemingly) missed connections, false attachments to past images of ourselves, and lessons about life not always turning out the way we expect. But everything comes together for a happy and poignant ending. Elizabeth Berg is a lovely writer, even when she gets raunchy, which she d ...more
Apr 25, 2010 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 04, 2010 ☮Karen rated it it was amazing
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
May 23, 2013 Callie Mish rated it liked it
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
Jun 26, 2013 Janine Coleman rated it liked it
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
Nov 20, 2010 Sid Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Shari Larsen
Apr 15, 2011 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quick, light, and enjoyable read about a group of 57-58 year old classmates getting ready for their 40th high school reunion. Dorothy Shauman is hoping to finally get her chance to hook up with her high school crush, Pete Decker. Self reliant, but always left out Mary Alice Mayhew is revisiting a painful past. Lester Hessenpfeffer is a veterinarian and a widower; he tells himself he just wants to talk shop with a fellow vet, but really is hoping to get past his shyness and talk to the m ...more
May 07, 2010 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2011 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Aug 17, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mar 23, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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