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The Last Best Story

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Rose Regnero was a star reporter for her high school paper, destined for a career in journalism, when she abruptly quit two months ago, leaving behind her very-nearly-sort-of-boyfriend and editor-in-chief, Grant. Now she is trying to be normal at her senior prom, with a new boy and new interests, and isn’t looking back.

Grant was totally blindsided when Rose walked away fro
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Maggie Lehrman Hi! The Last Best Story is inspired by the classic movie His Girl Friday -- if you've seen the movie you'll see parallels, but it's absolutely not…moreHi! The Last Best Story is inspired by the classic movie His Girl Friday -- if you've seen the movie you'll see parallels, but it's absolutely not necessary to have seen the movie to get the book. Hope that answers your question!(less)

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Well. I came for the cutesy cover and EW premise of a “romantic comedy” and then the premise on GR mentions a possible school shooting and I was confused.

I liked Rose and Grant well enough. There were a lot of characters here and they’re all clichés. I didn’t feel like I actually got to know anyone as they’re all so wrapped up in themselves. I will say Rose’s mom was awesome for the short time we saw her.

Plot wise, it was all over the place. The chapters flip flop between past and present and
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs, contemporary, ya
Rating: 3.5 Stars

For almost four years Rose had been Grant's "person", but then she abruptly walked away from the paper, journalism, and Grant too. The search for the truth about the gunman was their last chance to work on a story together, and maybe their last shot at friendship as well.

• Pro: The parts, which focused on the journalistic aspects were very interesting. I really enjoyed getting to see their whole process.

• Pro: I keep seeing a lot of reviewers saying they hated Grant. I didn't
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
At first glance The Last Best Story looked like a fluffy summer contemporary but surprisingly it turned out to be a more complex story about gun violence and school safety. I enjoyed the story and I liked most of the characters, except Grant. He behaved like a jerk a lot of the times, lying to and manipulating his friends to get what he wanted. I really don't see how he can be a good love interest for any YA heroine. He spoiled the book for me a little, but overall, The Last Best Story was an en ...more
Jen Ryland
The format of this was challenging for me and got a bit in the way of the story. It was a happened in one night story about a lockdown at the prom, interspersed with flashbacks, told in a third-person omniscient style.

It wasn't really a thriller, it wasn't really romance, and I wasn't really sure what it was until I read the acknowledgments.

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Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one lazy day. It was quite an enjoyable read, though wasn’t what I was expecting.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to read and write YA again! So good it hurts! I felt every emotion possible while reading The Last Best Story. The banter, the relationships, and the little mysteries swelling up throughout the novel had me finishing the book in two days, even though, early on, I'd ordered myself to slow down so I could savor it. Because I KNEW I wanted to stay in the world of Rose and Grant as long as possible. Each page closer to the end of the book was bittersweet in the best way.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A little too slow and for not much.

Rose has quit the Gazette and decided not to go the college she'd been aiming for, she's also let go of her long-time crush, editor-in-chief Grant. It's been months and now it's prom, but Grant is not her date. When her best friend's boyfriend gets in trouble, her reporter self speaks louder and she goes after the vice principal. That's when the school goes into lockdown. Someone has a gun and Rose can't keep away from one last story.

I'd say this book's biggest
Michelle (Firstbooklove)
(I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from the Edelweiss.)

Book review: The last best story by Maggie Lehrman (2 stars)

“Something always happens.”

Title: The last best story
Authors: Maggie Lehrman
Format: kindle (eARC)
Genre: YA, romance, Contemporary
Rating: 2/5 stars
[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Rose Regnero was a star reporter for her high school paper, destined for a career in journalism, when she abruptly quit two months ago, leaving behind her very-nearly-sort-of-b
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose and Grant have been best friends since the start of high school and have worked side by side on their high school newspaper, the Gazette. In Maggie Lehrman’s THE LAST BEST STORY, the two are now at their senior year prom and Rose and Grant are no longer communicating. For some inexplicable reason, Rose quit the Gazette two months prior and left behind Grant, the editor-in-chief, and their future together as star journalists in college.

Now, Rose is at prom with a new guy, trying to forget ab
Rimpy Toor
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this novel a while ago and because of that when I finally did pick it up I decided not to read the synopsis and go into the novel blind. I figured from the front cover (which is beautiful and cutesy and colourful) that this novel would be an allover easy read. This novel definitely wasn’t a totally easy read, a majority of the novel felt easy but there were so many intense topics being discussed.

I was completely surprised that this novel featured a school shooting threat. It was very
Ann-Eliza  M.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just stayed up all reading this book in one sitting. It might be the lack of sleep talking, but this book was FULL of deplorables. I'm not talking flawed characters, I mean absolutely worthless human beings. I thought I was reading a Rom-com based on what I'd heard about the book, but talk about false intel. This book was chocked full of just about every high school trope you can think of- bullying, hazing, gun violence, sexual assault, police race relations...the list goes on. It's a bit much ...more
Susan Mesler-Evans
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
NOTE: This book has not yet been released. I was given a free Advance Reading Copy by HarperCollins and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released on August 7, 2018. If you would like to send me an ARC, please see this page.

I read this all in one sitting, and I doubt I'll be the only one once this book hits the shelves. It's extremely easy to get through, with a fast-moving plot and a compelling voice. I was mostly satisfied by the ending, but honestly, my main though
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't a fan of the cheating on both of their parts. He was dating someone and she was too. I did like that she realized it and try to focus on other things. This is a last story that they end up doing and figuring out their love for each other.
Beth Rodgers
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'The Last Best Story' by Maggie Lehrman is provocative and intriguing, bringing a shadow of a doubt to the truth-finding process and how life throws curveballs that can throw one's life completely off-kilter.

Rose and Grant have been friends and newspaper buddies since freshman year. Over their time on the paper together, their relationship has stayed pretty constant, and they are generally found co-conspiring about how to work the story to their mutual benefit and present the best piece of writi
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A DRC was provided for a fair and honest review by Edelweiss.

Would a high school junior really say to his vice-principal and future writer of college recommendation letters, "Mr. Hackenstratt, this is a super fun fight, but are you going to censor the paper or what?" If you can suspend disbelief and accept that Reporter Rose and Editor Grant are that sassy and confident, then you'll love this whip-smart romantic YA romp. So what if it hurtles between screwball sleuthing, and an uneasy nod to som
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sophia M
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone who worked on a high school publication, this book was so incredibly relatable and real to me. I was able to relate to the characters and the stress they felt regarding both their publication and deciding whether a publication was the most important part of high school.
I don’t usually read YA, as I don’t usually find the character voices believable and the stories often melodramatic. But I didn’t find this story to be unbelievable, and I found the emotions expressed throughout to fee
Kiki Cole
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***A huge thanks to the author for sending this to me through an Instagram giveaway***

This was definitely a “don’t judge a book by its cover” instance! The contemporary, sweet looking cover made me think of a wedding or prom book with a swoony romance, but it was actually a contemporary, mystery thriller. It was about uncovering a case of a potential school shooter during a inexpensive prom experience. I thought this book was a complete deceiving irony, but I loved it! I didn’t really like Grant
3.5 stars. Don't let the cover fool you. This is not a breezy romance about prom. This (surprisingly literary) read takes on a series of serious issues ((view spoiler)) along with complicated characters who are not always likable (much like real people). All in all though, it was a little too madcap (think: Trouble is a Friend of Mine but Digby is 10 times less concerned about people's feelings) and I thin ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I'm conflicted on this one because part of me wants to love it because His Girl Friday is one of my favourite movies and another part of me doesn't want to love it because it was trying too hard to emulate the movie, particularly with the character of Grant. Everything about him is clearly based off Cary Grant and his mannerisms in the movie but it doesn't translate well to paper and makes Grant look like kind of a dick. It made the relationship between him and Rose a LOT less charming.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and this was not a book I was expecting from the cover at all. This book reminded me of Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult in the setting and plot but accept it reflects on the story of Rose and how she was the top reporter from her school newspaper and she will stop at nothing to get her prime story even if she has to keep a secret that could affect the entire school. The book was a real page turner and teens can relate to this issue because it is ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
“He was the thing she could chase forever and never catch, like the perfect story.”

2.5 stars

If it’s a cute fluffy story your looking for, then don’t let this cover fool you. The Last Best Story is a unfortunate tale of a annoying male character who is self centred and at one point his white privilege pissed me off so much when he put a black student in danger and he justified it by his need to have a girl start talking to him again.

I had such high hopes for this novel, it was on my most antic
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story! There are two levels to the story - the will-they-or-won't-they romance between the two main characters as their senior year comes to a close, which I expected, and the incident at prom part which was completely unexpected and fascinating!

The story jumps around in time, filling in a lot of the details on the first portion of the story while the action in part 2 drives the reader to the satisfying conclusion. This was a start-to-finish read for me and it was great!
Susan Olmsted
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Lehrman writes with intelligence, humor, and heart. She has very cleverly updated a classic movie screwball comedy and made it relevant to today's teenagers and their families. Her wit and emotional intelligence shine through on page after page and make her book a joy to read. Looking forward to more from this talented author.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, august, 2018, prom, mystery
2.5 stars. My main issue with this book is that it presents a serious situation in not a very serious way, and that made for an uncomfortable read for me. I wasn't drawn to any of the characters and found myself questioning the decisions they made. The compelling force the led me to finish was that I wanted to find out the resolution of their investigation.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
SUCH FUN! As a person who loved HIS GIRL FRIDAY, I was excited to pick this up. Then on top of it, a great story that felt fresh and unpredictable--even when I knew the original movie! Highly recommend. :-)
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The plot was intriguing, the characters were I really just want to watch My Girl Friday, which was the author's main inspiration! Received in my September 2018 ShelfLoveReads subscription box.
I liked it, it had a lot of topics relevant to today’s world.
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
This was a struggle to get through. It was so slow and a bit boring for me. Review coming soon.
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Maggie Lehrman is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up outside of Chicago and went on to get a degree in English at Harvard, where she once received a grant to purchase young adult books the library didn't have. During her decade of working as an editor of books for children, she also earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. The C ...more