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The Last Time We Were Us

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  968 ratings  ·  167 reviews
A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.

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 Bo
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“You’re the one who ruined his brother’s life.”

This was a YA contemporary romance with a bit of mystery.

I felt quite sorry for Liz in this story as she felt in the dark over what had happened with Jason and Skip, in the dark over her own relationship with Innes, and constantly bullied by her mother and sister to be perfect.

The storyline in this was about Liz meet
2 stars might be too high.

The synopsis sounded like something I would devour. BFFs to more, but it's forbidden and it's set in the south? Count. Me. In. Sadly, it was quite disappointing.

Right off the bat, I didn't like Liz. She's whiny and bratty and painfully self-absorbed. She seemed to let everyone make her decisions for her and by the end of the book, when there should be some growth, it felt like she was just being rude instead of standing up for herself. The secondary characters weren't
Anatea Oroz
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I guess it was okay, but nothing special.

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Brittany S.
"...childhood best friend..." - DONE. I need this. Reuniting + friends to more = my fav tropes ever.

Initial Impressions 3/18/16 + Full Review as originally posted HERE on The Book Addict's Guide 4/6/16:: So we know that best-friends-to-more is one of my favorite tropes and it’s something that immediately attracted me to THE LAST TIME WE WERE US. Add in a reuniting factor and I was so hooked. This book had so much potential and I feel like it just… fell flat. I really, really wanted to love it a
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Mar 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-releases
This book just felt like an utter waste of time. It's overly dramatic and quite frankly it's just plain silly. And redundant. This book could have been 50 pages long, yet this Southern drama is drawn out until it mercifully and excruciatingly ends. All I can think is why did I waste my time on this?

Liz's childhood best friend, Jason, goes to jail during their junior year of high school on an assault charge. Months later he is released, and even though everyone tells Liz to stay away from him, sh
Hope Ortego
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars but rounding it up to a 4 star because it had a great message at the end of the story!

After Jason Sullivan gets out of juvie early, Liz is thrust into a whirlwind of decisions. Does she trust her once best friend and forget what the town thinks of him, or does she side with the town and outcast Jason just like everyone else has?

Through most of the book I was cringing at the words and actions from her sister and mother. They were rude, judge mental, unforgiving, and close minded. I a
Dec 18, 2015 added it
hmmmm.... I devoured this one but the ending was just lacking something. felt rushed. still digesting.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Dec 28, 2016 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: yabc, arc
You're about to be a senior in high school and your ex-best friend, a guy who abandoned you for another crowd in middle school (from what I gathered), just got done serving about a year of hard time and is now on probation. He keeps running into you and implying there's more to what got him imprisoned. Do you:

A) Be the bitter girl you have the right to be and tell him to fuck off because he gave up rights to your attention five years ago

B) Get straight to the point and tell him to spit it out or
bibliophile ⭐️

After reading some angsty these past few days, I decided to go for something light like this YA for a change. So when I chose this one, I haven't got any idea what this book is all about except the one from the blurb.. and that it's one of those friends to lovers stories that I love. So in short, I got into this blind. Unfortunately, not even halfway through the book, I found myself struggling to continue reading it and had to put it down several times... ugh! I hate DNF-ing book so I willed my
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A really cute but dark contemporary!
”Jason was my friend once. Beyond everything else, he was my friend.”

Oh dear. I would say ‘God bless the South,’ but that’s about all I can say about this mess of a book.

Liz and Jason were friends once. Before he attacked the town golden boy’s oldest brother, leaving him scarred. Before he was sent off to juvenile hall to serve his time. Before everything went down the toilet.
”I remember us sitting in front of the TV, Wyle E. Coyote’s anvils zipping across the screen, electric Orange Che
Oh my... I hate it when books that I have been excited about disappoint me. When I first heard about The Last Time We Were Us, statements like like "Southern small town setting" and "former best friend" instantly drew me in. I am a sucker for stories set in the Southern US (Southern guys are my absolute favorite) and I was so ready to fall in love with this book, but nope.... that didn't happen.

Liz, for so long just a "normal" high school student has finally entered the popular crowd with the he
Nasty Lady MJ
Oct 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
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I think I can tell I’ve been blogging for awhile. Used to I was slightly horrified when I had to DNF something. After all, I had to pay money for the book. I should feel some financial guilt and sometimes I do, but I have gotten to the point where I’ve read so many of these things if it’s crap or I don’t feel it I’m not going to bother and that was my feeling with The Last Time We Were Us. Sixty pages of this sucker read and I was like, “Okay, bye bye.”

As always wit
Dec 01, 2015 added it
This was a page turner for sure, but it wasn't the story I was expecting, exactly.

Liz (in stereotypical teenage fashion) is so heavily influenced by other people's opinions, she can't make up her own mind about anything, which made championing her, difficult. I didn't care if she conformed or rebelled, I just wanted her do something of her own choosing. When she finally does, the book is nearly over.

Jason was the most interesting character but even so, I only caught glimpses of who he was, mos
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, egalleys
Such potential, such a pretty cover, good voice, and yet.. big disappointment.
Plot was all over the place. I didn't connect with the characters. Story felt forced.
I had the weird sense that everything was a lie, like in thrillers..
Until it ended and then I realized that was it.
The chapters seem to end in the midst of things, abruptly.

Somehow though, it kept me engaged enough until the end.
I guess that's the only good thing I can say about it.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Books where character make extremely bad choices turn me into a judgmental, prudish reader which leads to bad ratings. I'm not even going to bother explaining all my thoughts. I'm sure you can find other reviews with similar opinion. ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Sometimes you read books you connect with, and sometimes you read books that end up not being your cup of tea. This book was not my cup of tea. No matter how hard I tried to like, I couldn't get into it. I didn't connect with the story or any of the characters. Since I didn't connect with the characters, I found myself not really for some of them. Unfortunately that includes the main character Liz.

For much of the story Liz was a character I had a hard time with. She makes a lot of really stupid
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Contemporary (along with fantasy fantasy) is my main jam and I'm always here for complexity, layered characters and lots of emotions. The Last Time We Were Us is a teen romance story that covers a lot of topics such as reputation in a small town, exploring female sexuality (and pointing out slutshaming which is very common when girls explore their sexuality but not when guys do it), inner beauty vs the beauty that's constructed by society and more. There were moments which I enjoyed quite a lot, ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Liz and Jason grew up next door to each other and were best friends. They did everything together, but as they grew up, Jason became popular and Liz, well, wasn't. He ended up going to juvie for committing a crime and since then, she has forgotten all about her former best friend. Now Liz is what you would call a "cool girl" at school. She is even dating Innis, the hottest guy at school, and the only time she thinks of Jason is when she looks next door at his abandoned house. This all changes wh ...more
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
The Last Time We Were Us had a rocky start for me. For the first 20% of the book, I was bored and almost wanted to put the book down. It just wasn’t holding my interest, and I wanted to give up. However, as I read on, the plot became better and better. And although this is just a “meh” book, I didn’t anymore want to give up on it.

This is the type of book that is mostly just in between, but it has some good parts and a few bad parts occasionally. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I never reall
Quick Thoughts and Rating: 2.5 stars! This book wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination because I did feel the need to see how things played out and read the book in its entirety as opposed to calling it quits. However, my inability to connect with the characters definitely played a major role in my lower rating, which is quite a shame because after I read the book synopsis, I felt like this book had enough of my favorite tropes to really be a read I would enjoy and I couldn't have downlo ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
This was such a meh read for me.

I'm normally all for books about normal people and their normal life but The Last Time We Were Us felt like it was trying to do that while refusing to do that. Not much happens but instead of being comfortable with that this book screamed of forced, manufactured drama.

The main conflict is that the love interest was arrested for committing a crime so for no apparent reason what so ever he just alludes to being innocent without outright saying it so we can get a big
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to give this book. It had me feeling so many things. I guess it helped that there was a happy ending. The people in this town were absolutely awful. I just wanted to punch so many people. Thankfully by the end some of them became better people. If it wasn't for that and the happy ending I'm not sure this would have gotten anything higher than a 1. ...more
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I wanted to LOVE this book. I mean first there is that cover, then a Southern setting and of course a reformed bad boy in the mix. I mean I should love this on right??? Yeah not really. I liked it fine but definitely didn't love it.

Liz is finally getting everything she wants which includes hanging with the popular crowd, specifically Innis Taylor. When her former best friend Jason get released from juvie early things start to get complicated. Liz never believed everything she heard about
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Lizzie Grant and Jason were best friends from childhood until Jason dumped Liz for the popular crowd in middle school. Fast forward a little later, Jason is sent to juvie after being blamed for a tragic event that permanently scarred another boy. His father has become a pariah and any mention of Jason in town is not favourable.
Less than two years later finds Liz "courting" one of the most popular guys in school and she finds herself getting what she thought she always wanted. (It's definitely w
May 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
For a book where SO much could happen... I cant believe how little did.

The first scene is promising. Underage girl is in the process of buying alcohol with a fake ID. When she looks at the server, it's actually her childhood friend whom is supposed to be in prison for burning the face of her sisters (at the time) boyfriend (now ex boyfriend). Meanwhile she is in a sorta relationship by the town IT boy who is sitting outside in the car waiting for her - for said alcohol. Did I mention this guy is
Jilleighan Boivin
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good romance story between best friends but with complications. The story started out slow at first but by the end I was flying through the pages ☺️ For characters, I honestly fell in love with Jason, with his personality and attitude, I just fell in love. ❤️
Resch Reads
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a super quick, light read that is perfect for the start of summer. Leah Konen has been on my TBR list for ages and I am glad that I finally picked up one of her books to give it a go. The Last Time We Were Us was exactly what I was looking for in a summer romance, the fuzzy feelings, the drama and tension, and just enough plot twists to have me not wanting to put the book down.

So I have to disclaimer that there is a love triangle, if you want to call it that. But it is one of those tria
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Very quick and easy read, but nothing amazing. I liked the message this book was trying to send, it just wasn't detailed enough.
The characters were pretty average. Liz was sometimes annoying, but sometimes I appreciated some things she did.
Jason was also pretty average, I mean I automatically sympathized for him as I knew it wasn't all true. I liked his father though, a pretty cool chap. I appreciated his love for colour, because colour makes everything better haha
Innis, he's the typical rich
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
actually 2.5 stars

the first few chapter i read it, i absolutely hate it, again, thanks to the main female character. she was so spoiled, narcissistic, painfully shallow and an idiot. she said, 'i know that by the standards of the world-or of North Carolina high school, at least- I am pretty.' did she seriously just said that?!?!?! SERIOUSLY?! and she was not the only one who was like that. literally every character here was that shallow and spoiled. i had such a hard time reading it.

i meant, ser
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Leah Konen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and English literature. "All the Broken People," releasing June 30, is her first thriller. She's also the author of several young adult novels, including "Love and Other Train Wrecks" and "The Romantics." She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband, their daughter, Eleanor, and ...more

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