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Our Last Summer

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Spending every summer with his grandmother in the south of England isn't Ryan's idea of a good time, and when he finds someone his own age to hang out with, he doesn't much care who that is. Alex might not say much, but company is company when there's nobody else to choose from, and Ryan will simply have to make do. It isn't, after all, like he really needs a friend.

Paperback, 182 pages
Published January 16th 2013 by Queerteen Press
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3.5 stars. Review posted March 16, 2014

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"I am in your summers."

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While Our Last Summer is a pretty impressive debut, it doesn't measure up to Matthew's Vivaldi in the Dark series. Our Last Summer was a tough one to rate. At times I felt like I was engulfed by a yoyo-effect. The beginning was promising and then it kinda fizzled out; it picked up again only to test my patience once again. The story shined the most during the last 30 %. At that point I felt totally invested in the characters as
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love you. That one I will probably never say again, but it’s true, and you need to remember that more than I need to say it. I’ve loved you for a long time, and I love you now, and I may well love you when all the summers end.

-Alex's letter to Ryan

It's like my vague fantasy had become clear reality, my untouchably dreamlike fairy tale had depicted itself in an unmistakably concrete way. I had dreamt about it for too long to be able to recognize it immediately, to actually believe it was there,
Anna (Bananas)
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: M/M and YA romance readers
Recommended to Anna (Bananas) by: Silvio
I can't believe I read this in one day - no, less than one day. That's not normal for me. It sucked me in, the way the writing flowed, the ease of each chapter, and the simple but likeable characters. Summer is a fleeting, dreamy novel about two very different boys and three summers they spend together, each one bringing them closer, making them invaluable to each other.

Ryan is a good student, has a nice family, a small group of friends, and...he's straight, or at least he assumes he is. Life
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
4.5 stars I really like this book. It's a gorgeous story and well written. It didn't grabbed me at the beginning. As the story progressed and I got to know the characters I got into it more and more. Ryan's journey from the first summer when he meets Alex while visiting his grandmother to the second summer when he realizes he might be gay is well portrayed. That includes his fears about the consequences of that secret getting out in school and to his friends especially Tom. After all the only ...more
Kaje Harper
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a slow, back and forth, depiction of a gay teen's voyage into self-discovery. (Trigger warnings for abuse content, mention of suicide.) Ryan begins the book as a guy who doesn't dare look too deeply into himself and what he wants - he has a painful fear that he may find something his mates at school would never understand, or even tolerate, so he just... doesn't think about it. Visiting his grandmother for the summer, he encounters Alex, a silent, cool, and enigmatic boy. They spend a ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh Ryan and Alex
Lovely story of first love and discovering yourself
Alex wrecked me
Brilliantly told!
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 5-stars
I believe this is Matthew's first novel and it's plain to see his skill at writing has always been there. I always enjoy a good teen romance and as always Matthew has created two amazing characters who grow closer over the Summers they spend together. And as always when I read a Matthew Metzger novel I was barely able to stop reading once I had started.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story. Excellent character development, even if Alex is a bit broken. The writing was apt and elegant.
Erin Bethea
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This would work very well as a first book in a series. Sweet, dark and light all at once. I love the way this author writes.
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A tender love story with a lovely narrator and a lovely conclusion.
Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I'm too tired to really write much, but I'll just say I feel really conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I did really love Alex and Ryan together, seeing their very slowly growing intimacy. I like first love stories, and reticent characters, though some may find them frustrating. But I had so many issues. This story deals with the issue of physical abuse. It's already a hard topic to read about, and I just kept getting angry (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another beautiful book by Matthew J. Metzger. It's the third of his books that I read, I loved them all and this one is his best story in my opinion. As with the other two, this book started slow for me, but a lot of emotions crept up on me page after page. I finished it tearing up.

Our Last Summer tells the story of Ryan and Alex. Ryan goes to his grandmother's every summer, when the school year ends. It's usually boring for him, because there's basically nobody his age around, but one year he
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful story but until the very last page I couldn't let my guard down (of my heart). Ryan I understood - Alex was a whole other being - I just prayed Ryan would finally get through to him. This is one of those stories that remind you abuse is real and for all the fictional Alex's there are there are real ones enduring such things. I simply don't understand such things. Our children should be our treasures. Yeah, there are years for children to be "know it alls," to be snarky, ...more
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Matthew is an asexual, transgender author from the wet and windy British Isles.

Matt writes LGBT novels, both adult and young adult, and particularly enjoys digging into the weird and wonderful diversity of people all across the sexuality and gender spectrums. When not writing, Matt is usually asleep, or crunching numbers at his day job. Free time is not really a concept here.

He is also owned by an
“I am part of your summers,” Alex says. “I’m part of this world, out here, in the middle of nowhere, with the sun and midnight wanderings and little secrets that don’t mean anything. I’m not part of that world: of your autumn or winter or spring. I’m not there.” 0 likes
“You loving me, that’s heavy. I’m not the kid anyone ever relied on. Not my folks, not Lizzie, not the other kids at school, and I thought not you. I’m not special to anyone, never have been. It’s not what I am.
I’m everyone’s summer. I’m the kid that they can mess about with, have a fling with, know for a bit, whatever, then move on and out and up and not have to worry about any backlash or anything. I’m that kid, to everyone. And that should include you.
Only somehow it doesn’t include you.”
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