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Five teens, one derelict Kombi and an unforgettable road trip…

Six months ago, Zoey’s life went off the rails. After the tragic loss of her brother, she partied her way to oblivion, estranged her best friend, Cass, and pushed away her now ex, Finn. But when her destructive behaviour reaches dangerous heights, Zoey realises she needs to pull herself together and get her old
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Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Harlequin
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Veronica ⭐️
Moving and memorable. Had to read this in one sitting

Zoey’s life has gone totally off the rails since the death of her brother. Her pain is all consuming and she shuts everyone out of her life. Zoey’s boyfriend, Fin, finds solace in the arms of her best friend Cass.

When she is invited on a road trip with Cass, Fin and his two cousins to see their favourite musician, Gray, Zoey sees this as the opportunity to get her life on track and get back the happiness she once knew....with Fin.

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Who doesn’t love a road trip themed novel? I know I have a weakness for these books, they never seem to fail to appeal my sense of adventure and escapism. The Last Days of Us, written by Australian novelist Beck Nicholas, takes the reader on an interstate jaunt with Zoey, her best friend Cass, ex Finn and Finn’s cousins. The group use the last week of summer as an excuse to take a road trip in a kombi, travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne, to see Gray,
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Ryan Buckby
i enjoyed this contemporary read not as much as i thought i would have liked but i think if you love books like this you'll enjoy it!
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
2.5 Stars.
Sixteen year old Zoey is embarking on a journey of reflection and discovery, attending a performance in Melbourne and accompanied by her best friend and former boyfriend. After her brother Daniel passed away, her relationships dissolved as Zoey medicated with a destructive concoction of alcohol and isolation. Although remorseful, Zoe is courageous to concede and apologise for her behaviour, she continued to endure the relationship of friend and former boyfriend Finn. Two important
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Another contemporary that didn't do it for me. When the book starts off with a character calling herself a slut (which would carry on about 8 times throughout the entire book), and saying she misses her brother farting in her face (out of all the things you would miss about your brother), I knew it was going to be a rough read.

There's this scene, where the guys on the road trip indicate how "curvy" a girl is. And the main character decides that she:

"It's not something the easygoing girl I'm
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rachel ☾
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, 2-star
Trigger warnings for substance addiction, grief, sexual assault and terminal illness.

• The entire narrative around Zoey's 'cheating' - which was actually sexual assault - made me deeply uncomfortable.
• I don't understand how I was meant to like Luc after the kiss scene. You do not kiss someone after they tell you to leave them alone, especially when they are crying and visibly upset and do not give you verbal consent. God.
• I didn't think Zoey's substance addiction was done justice. It was
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Cassandra Page
I bought this book yesterday, and finished it last night (well, technically this morning -- it was after midnight). That's something that never happens to me these days, so I needed you to know that upfront. While some of the speed with which I read it is due to the relatively short length of this young adult contemporary, especially compared the epic fantasy I finished a week ago, most of it is due to Nicholas's accessible writing style and the natural momentum of a road trip story.

But The Last
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Bron
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet and fun love story, with a giant side of feels (no, you're ugly crying!). A perfect summer read.
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was surprisingly deep. After her brother dies, the main character Zoey gets involved in the party scene and her life gets out of control. After a much needed wake-up call, Zoey realises she wants her old life back. Zoey, however, not only aims to do this by making amends with her best friend Cass, but also by stealing back her ex-boyfriend Finn. Zoey's grand plan is to go on a road trip with Cass, Finn and Finn's
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Emma Gerts
Guys, look. I'm a huge sucker for a YA romance. I'm not even going to pretend this was a good book. It was cookie cutter YA. It really was. I've read multiple versions of this same story, rebagled with a slightly different hook. Take one first person female protagonist with + tragic backstory + one hot, blonde but vapid boy + one dark mysterious and moody boy, add a heavy dash of teenaged angst and a kitchsy hook (in this case, roadtrip!) shake well and serve. It's nothing special, really. The ...more
Tennika A
This book was exactly what I was expecting it would be: super cheesy, predictable, overdramatic, and full of cringe worthy romance, which is exactly what I love! I shouldn’t and I hate myself for it, but I’m a sucker for a cliché contemporary novel. This book in particular was super cliché and cheesy. It was just another YA contemporary, if I’m being honest. There wasn’t anything remarkable about this book that made it stand out to me. It was a quick, easy read, but I know in a months time I ...more
Emma Gibson
So, this book for me was quite an easy read. Finished it within 3 days and I wouldn’t say I took the story away with me, if you get what I mean..

And if I’m honest the story was very predictable. The hints to the main character about particular plots points or twists were so obvious that I couldn’t believe the author was making out she was that... ignorant! It annoyed me to the point where I skipped a lot of lines... which is something you don’t want to be doing if you want to invest yourself
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Claire
3.5*** I enjoyed this story, there were parts that I didn't enjoy so much, but overall it was a good read. Sometimes what we think we want isn't always the case. Zoey has many issues to work through, as do her friends, (though I'm not sure I'd want friends like hers). Setting out on a road trip is a great way of making or breaking these relationships.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin (Australia), TEEN / MIRA for a copy in return for an honest and voluntary review
Emily
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was a really good quick read. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while and last night I decided I would start it. I did not want to put it down last night but luckily got a chance to finish it this morning. I really loved the relationship between Jolie and Luc, and just Jolie in general. It was sweet to see her so enthralled by the small things and sites on their road trip.
Angel - Angel Reads
A real emotional and raw read - full review coming soon.
Anika Claire
An enjoyable road trip story, about discovering that you can't go back to before a major change. More soon...
The Paperback Reader
I loved this book so much. The ending had me reaching for tissues so be warned.
Pri
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this novel. I’m judging this on the basis that I read it the whole way through without getting bored of it. It’s a nice summer read and If you’re dreaming of a road trip with drama aplenty then this is for you.

This book is the best kind of guilty pleasure read because you ultimately see what’s going to happen but that doesn’t stop you from turning page after page to see how we get there. Much like the road trip Zoey finds herself on - we know the destination but what’s along the way is
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Amy Smolcic
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Days Of Us explores themes of perseverance, heartbreak and loss through the story of five teenagers who are on a road trip towards Melbourne to attend a gig. Despite the short duration of the trip, they grow and learn to appreciate that life can be short and that it’s important to appreciate every day.

The book focusses on the perspective of Zoey, who has endured a rough path within the last six months. Since losing her brother in a tragic car accident, she’s put herself on a reckless
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Girlwithapen93
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest opinionated review. I really don’t know how I feel about this book. And as a fan of Beck Nicholas’ previous work, I am disappointed in myself that I didn’t really enjoy this book.
The story follow Zoey, her brother has just passed away, they were really close, and she has done everything in her power to self-destruct. In doing so she has lost her boyfriend, her best friend and with school about to finish, regrets it
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Laura (thechronicbookworm)
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started The Last Days of Us thinking it was going to be a fun summer read which it was, but it was also so much more. This book made me feel all the feels. Zoey is trying hard to get her life back together after her brother past away. She decides to go on a road trip with her best friend, ex-boyfriend and his cousins Luc and Jolie to see musician Gray in concert. Honestly, this book was just the perfect road trip book. I loved reading about all the different places they stopped at along Great ...more
Dale Pearce
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Days of Us by Beck Nicholas is a Young Adult book with a message that not everything is as it seems nor to take life for granted.
Five teenagers leave Adelaide in a derelict kombi on a road trip to Melbourne to see their favourite musician, Gray, perform live. With the end of summer approaching Zoey, who six months ago lost her brother in a tragic car accident and partied her way to oblivion, estranging her best friend, Cass and pushing away her now ex, Finn. After Zoey’s behaviour
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Ashley
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not gonna lie, this book was fairly average. the character development wasn't great, and i found that there was quite a bit of telling, not showing. while i admired parts of zoey's character, i felt like she could have been developed even more, as her voice was not particularly strong. the other characters in the book were rather one-dimensional, failing to be much more than tropes and brief appearances in the story.

i felt like there could have been so much more exploration of the themes of
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Gabi W
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5 Stars

This was an entertaining, emotional rollercoaster of a book! Based on the blurb, I thought this was going to be another generic road-trip novel. In some ways, it was; however, I still enjoyed this book.

For me, the central theme of this book is grief. The way that Nicholas portrayed this was very humbling and eye-opening. I have been lucky enough to not lose anyone close to me, yet the way that the author depicts the characters’ sorrows was very relatable, without being too overpowering
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Silvia
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
A road trip across Australia with friends to see a band, umm yes please sign me up! Sounds like the perfect light summer read. A girl trying to get back together with her ex who is now dating her best friend, this should be intersting and fun is what I thought. I was honeslty expecting a fun quick summer beach read but this book was so much more!
Zoey is trying to get her life back together after going off the rails right after losing her brother and she thinks the perfect way to do this is by
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Lara
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Giselle Maurice
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Irene (thefictionthief)
*I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I'm always a fan of Oz YA, but this book was interesting because it was a bit more dramatic than Oz YA normally is and therefore it felt more like an American YA roadtrip novel. I liked the main character Zoey and I shipped her with Luc but a lot of the dialogue between them felt super unrealistic which was a bit of a shame.
But yeah I definitely enjoyed the Australian setting and being from Melbourne it
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Monica
This book exceeded all of my expectations! I decided to read it because it was advertised all over my Facebook and Instagram and I’m so glad it was! It was extremely cheesy and almost lighthearted mostly while at the same time touching on issues such as grief, alcohol addiction (partying addiction? Whatever you want to call it), relationship problems and personal growth/ being misunderstood. I loved it so much because it was written in a way that is very personal and relatable to teenage ...more
Molly
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel, it was a quick and easy (also predictable) read. The author did well to squeeze all that she did in a short time frame within the book, but I think it would have been more enjoyable if she had spaced it out more and added some more detail, especially towards the end with Zoey rebuilding her family connection and waiting for Luc and how she felt during that time...I say that in a way that doesn't take away from the recent devastation that happened earlier on in the book, but ...more
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