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The Last Thing You Said

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,351 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Last summer, Lucys and Bens lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, TrixieLucys best friend and Bens sisterwas gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
I really, really enjoyed this book. It's so complicated, and so wonderful.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by a fellow blogger

Summary (from Goodreads):

Last summer, Lucys and Bens lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, TrixieLucys
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
*some edits*
I received this via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review (thanks!). All my opinions are my own:).

Beautiful story idea and had my eyes misting a few times but at the same time I never felt fully connected to the characters. Trixie and Hannah felt like the same person yet Hannah felt more real than Trixie.

One of those I'm not sorry I read it but wouldn't read it again.

Would still recommend for some, it may touch you more than it did me.

Happy reading!
(Short review
Irena BookDustMagic
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3,5

This book was good, but not better then that.
I liked the story itself, but I just couldn't connect with characters or with their grief. I mean, I know losing a best friend/sister is one of the worst things one could experience, and the even though the grief plays a big part in this story, I just couldn't feel it.
I am still debating whether the thing is is me, or in the author's writing.

It also didn't help the fact that I didn't like Ben's behavior at all.

Reading this book was
Dee Montoya
4 ~ I Miss You ~ Stars****

(ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley)

The Last Thing You Said is a tender story about a girl who lost her best friend. About a friendship that no matter what will never end, and how grieving someone you lost is different for everybody involved.

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Lucy and Trixie have been best friends since kindergarten. They were always together, more than friends, they were soul mates. Lucy also happens to be in love with Trixie's brother, Ben. The four of them; Trixie, Lucy,
S.M. Parker
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Birens debut is a beautiful look at the enduring power of first love and how two teens must reach through the murky waters of grief to reconnect. The whole story is peppered with beautiful quotes and my favorite will stay with me for a long time: Its a good day to have a good day. I loved how Biren portrayed love as a brave actbecause it is such a brave actand how she explored the courage it takes to trust in romantic love after losing a beloved friend. This is a brave debut, a brave look ...more
Susan's Reviews
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very much moved by the depiction of grief, acceptance and then the movement towards forgiveness, happiness and love in this very well-written new adult novel.
Lulu (aka Lucy and Lucille, depending on who is addressing her) has lost her best friend in a shocking way. Ben, her best friend's brother, does not take his sister's death well. In fact, this story looks at everyone who was close to the deceased Trixie and how her death affected them all. Ben took his sister's death the hardest:
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I loved the cover on this book and the synopsis intrigued me, so I was eager to get into it.

First off, I loved the dual POV. Getting Lucy and Ben's side of things made things interesting. And mildly irritating too. Lucy is lovely. Her grief is palpable. Ben made it hard to root for him. He's quite the ass most of the time, but I wanted them to get back on track so badly. Oh and Hannah was the best.

The plot is a bit slow and the characters do infuriating things {a lot a lot a lot of back and
Stephanie Elliot
Heartbreaking and beautiful this is a story about grief, family, acceptance and love. Sara Biren tackles the tough emotions of loss so delicately and with such softness that you will probably cry when you read THE LAST THING YOU SAID, but it's the type of good crying you do when read a book that you will forever remember long after you close the pages. I absolutely love this book and I can't wait for another book by Sara Biren.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Either I am an emotional wreck or I've just been reading damn good books lately because I sobbed like a fucking baby with this book.

This book was heavy. I read it in one 3-hour sitting about a week ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. That's a good thing, I suppose, right?

Death is a complicated situation. It can either bring people together, tear them apart OR both. The majority of this book is spent watching death tear people apart. And I don't just mean the main characters,
Marci Curtis
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, gut-wrenching story about the complexities of grief and the saving grace of family, friendship, and love. Brave, raw, and exquisitely written.
Bree Barton
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book. Every line, every image, every thoughtjust beauty beauty beauty, from beginning to end. OH, how I hurt for Lucy (Lulu!), for the loss she suffered, but also for the living loss she's suffered every day since. She is grieving, and this book paints a shimmering portrait of grief in all its nuances and complexities, both the heaviness and the light.

And the characters! My god, the characters. Sara is so good at drawing complete, full, rich people. Adorable, wonderful Emilysuch
Ruth Lehrer
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-debuts
I was lucky enough to receive a free ARC of Sara Birens 2017 novel, THE LAST THING YOU SAID. Such a romantic sweet/sad tale. Biren weaves a tale of grief, forgiveness and first loves. Her talent is most apparent in the poignant portrayal of the loss of a beloved friend. I loved the parts of the story about work; Lucy works at her mothers diner and Ben taking tourists out fishing. The description of their daily lives add local flavor to the story of this small Minnesota resort town. Definitely a ...more
This was pretty depressing. I was kind of in the mood for something sad and depressing, though, so it was ok for me. I can see where this would be helpful for people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. For the average reader, though, I thought it focused on the sadness for longer than it should have. It's not until the very end that the characters really start to feel any hope and then it's only because the romance is finally working out. I definitely enjoyed Biren's "Cold Day in the ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley2017
This was heartbreaking. I know I've been giving it to too many but this too deserved a 3.5.

Lucy has lost Trixie her best friend, and her brother Ben has been treating her like trash, making her lose even more than a friend. Especially considering her long-lasting feelings for him. When a new boy comes to town, she wonders if it is time to move on.

I wasn't expecting the tone in this book. I just thought it would either focus on some drama about Ben and Lucy not being able to get together, or
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Lucy: Your best friend Trixie is dead. You're in love with her brother who has been treating you like dirt since Trixie's. Should you:
A-Date someone you don't really like
B-Wait until you meet someone you care about

Ben: You've been perpetually drunk and treating everyone like crap since your sister died, especially Lucy. Should you:
A-Keep being an asshole and date a girl you don't like
B-Apologize to Lucy and get your act together.

The best thing I can say is THE LAST THING YOU SAID is a
Ginger at GReadsBooks
With a slow start, I was anxious to see where this book would take me. Never did I imagine I'd lose myself at the lake, on a hot summer day, caught somewhere between grief & hope. This is the type of story that will creep up on you & fill you with overwhelming emotions. I love contemporary YA that has that effect on me.

Oh this book, friends, add it to your TBR list!
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Full review coming soon.
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Originally posted on Undeniably Book Nerdy:

This whole book is printed in PURPLE.

If you're making a list of summery, emotional-romantic contemporary YA books, add  The Last Thing You Said to your list.

The Last Thing You Said is told in first-person dual perspective through Lucy and Ben and their first summer after Trixie--Lucy's best friend and Ben's sister--passed away from an unknown heart defect. The thing was, the day Trixie died, Ben and Lucy were about to admit their feelings for
Katy Upperman
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I talk often about Katy Books and Sara Birens forthcoming debut is definitely one its as if she wrote this novel specifically with my tastes in mind. I adored this story of friendship, loss, and first love, set in a charming Minnesota lake community. Main characters Lucy and Ben are both trying to cope with overwhelming grief after Trixie, Lucys best friend and Bens sister, dies suddenly. Trixies death leaves a gaping hole in both protagonists lives, and challenges their fledging romance in ...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, from-publisher
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I have mixed feelings on The Last Thing You Said. Im not really sure what it is. Honestly I loved some parts of it. I loved the part where both Lucy and Ben were dealing with their grief in vastly different ways. I loved the setting of the beach. I loved Lucys friend. But there was also a lot I was confused by. Honestly I hated how Ben treated Lucy and how Lucy let him treat her. I hated a lot of the things that Lucy did. I do admit the grief of
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Wow. I am practically speechless. And I don't know if I will ever find the words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. It was truly heartbreaking, honest, and unforgettable. I devoured it less than three hours.

I think it's my favorite read of 2017 so far. Or, at least tied for it.

Full Review to Come.
Rachel's Book Reviews
Consider me wowed. Beautiful writing, though I have a few things to pick at.

Whole thing was colored with a deep sense of longing and sadness. BEAUTIFUL.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, 3-stars
This was a short, sad, sweet story of a group of people left in the wake of the sudden death of Trixie. We split our time between two POVs, Trixies brother, Ben, and her best friend, Lucy. Before Trixies death they were close to developing a romantic relationship, but now a year later theyre not even speaking. Considering the topic, The Last Thing You Said is very readable, sad primarily in a bittersweet way. I never felt plugged into the tragedy enough to cry, to feel the heartbreak myself.

Another book about loss. This one was kind of difficult because it was hard for me to root for Ben for the way he continued acting toward Lucy. It almost seemed better that she just move on. I understood his pain and acting out but when it was a year later and he continued to say those hurtful things I didn't have sympathy any longer.

Overall, this was a good book. While a major focal point of it was the eventual reunion of two almost-lovers, Lucy and Ben, I liked that the author focused a lot on their own individual grief and coping styles after Trixie's death. The development of Lucy and Ben's reconnection took a long time, but I appreciated it since it made it all the sweeter once they started showing more overt signs of caring for the other person.

However, I found a lot
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: via-publisher
4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. While the story is sad at times, theres definitely lighter moments, and lots of hope. It tells the story of Ben and Lucy. Lucy was best friends with Bens sister, Trixie, until last summer when Trixies heart unexpectedly gave out during a swim in the lake, and she died. Lucy at that time had been having strong feelings for Ben for a while, and they were on the cusp of admitting those feelings to each other, when the tragedy of Trixies death occurred. Their
Sue Holmes
*Review copy received from publisher*
Told on alternating PVOs (point of view) which I love The Last Thing You Said is simply a beautiful story.

Separated by their grief, Ben and Lucy share slithers of Trixie with the reader. In addition, the Trixie stories, interspersed throughout the book, bring her vividly to life. Sara Biren writes from personal experience and empowered by her words with their emotional triggers I sank into sorrow, joy, and hope. All the feels in one book!
Full review:
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
So much love for this book. It was so beautifully told and so sad. The stories about Trixie and Lulu were so charming and heartbreaking. Could not stop tearing up. Review TK.
Suad Shamma
Dec 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, own
Oh, no. What happened? What did I just read?
I bought this book because of how much I loved Cold Day in the Sun, but this book felt like it was written by a completely different person. The storyline was interesting, and I was really hoping for another batch of feisty characters, a heartfelt plot, heartbreaking scenes, butterflies in my stomach, something!

Instead, it was a story about Ben and Lucy, both still completely drowning in grief a year after Trixie's death, but the ugly kind of grief.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I thought I posted this yesterday but turns out I didn't :

Whew, I've been giving a lot of mediocre ratings this year so far!

It's not that I didn't love the book. It's just that there were faulty things with it that caused the rating to go down.

However, I think this book deserves more attention. Looking at Goodreads, there only 161 reviews... We need more readers.

It was truly an interesting book. Yes, maybe it was a little cliche but I don't think it was any bad. The characters
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Sara Biren lives just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and their two children. A true Minnesotan, she is a fan of hockey, hotdish, and hanging out at the lake. She enjoys seeing live bands, watching movies with her family, and drinking coffee. Her love of cheese knows no bounds.

Sara is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior,

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