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Since We Last Spoke

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  161 reviews
When true love is shattered by tragedy—how much would you risk to save it all?

When Aggi Frank and Max Granger finally admitted their feelings for each other last December, it felt like love was beautiful and endless... until it wasn’t.

A fatal car accident involving their older siblings throws their lives into sudden chaos. And with a restraining order now in place between
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by HarperTeen
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C.G. Drews
This is a sad story about the bitter grief that divides two families who used to mean everything to each other. It's about unimaginable grief and loss…and how Aggi and Max are forced to never see each other again. Like not only did they lose their siblings in a horrific accident, they lose their friendship and romance while their parents blame each other.

I appreciate how it handled the grief tbh. TW for suicide, but I appreciate how it never acted like suicide was a choice. It was a fatal symp
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read from Brenda and she really is a fabulous and talented writer! Since We Last Spoke is a cute and fast tragedy romance which includes betrayals and grief all the journey!
The mixed emotions that Brenda brings are very interesting and the whole concept of the book is so unique and wonderful written! Brenda's structure of the book is very intense in a kind of way, she has the ability to build a relationship between the characters so rare and it elaborates in a reall
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Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 Stars

I expected a lot more from this book. Even though it was a very short read I thought it would be better than this. Maybe it's just a feeling that I had, but for the most part to me it truly felt like we were going nowhere and the characters got lost doing unimportant or unnecessary things that weren't driving the story forward at all.
The ending wasn't what I was expecting either. It was all quickly resolved and it seemed just too easy.
One of the things that I believe was tackled rea
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
Isn’t that what people do when tragedy hits? Search for answers, even if it means pointing fingers?
The Frank and Granger families are as close as two coats of paints. At least, they used to be. Until they are not. Since the tragedy hit them like a storm, Max and Aggi’s father, who were best friends and co-owner in the family business, had a falling out and worse, were became enemies. Sandwiched between their parent’s own pit of rage, self-interest and endless finger pointing, Max and Aggi we
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Really fast but impactful read. There are a lot of deep emotions and traumatic experiences covered in this book.
Since We Last Spoke was a beautifully written book, Rufener captured the essence of the loss of a loved one through death and then this having impact on relationships and shattering family friendships in the process really well. Aggi and Max both lose their siblings in tragic ways around the same time, but instead of being there to support one another through the grief, both families end up lashing out and blaming each other for the tragedies. It’s clear as day that Max and Aggi need each other ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry, but this book didn't really work for me.
I didn't have who knows what expectations, but at least I thought it'd be an enjoyable read that would deal with important topics.
I couldn't really connect with our two main characters. I was more interested in Henry's love life and family situation than in Aggy and Max's love story (btw, Henry is such a cutie pie!).
Most of the book was quite flat in my opinion. Nothing really happened. And when something did happen, then it felt like it was co
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was just what I needed to read. A super heartfelt contemporary that deals with grief and two families just trying to survive after a tragedy. Oh and a slow burn romance never hurt anyone.
TW: loss of a family member, grief, suicide
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book wasn’t bad but neither it was beautiful. I think that the author did an amazing job with the main topic of this book: grieving. She shows how people react in different ways to it.
What I didn’t like about this novel was that for almost 70% of it nothing really happened. I couldn’t understand what Rufener was trying to deliver.
Lastly, I would like to say that the ending was too rushed. The entire story was really slow and in the end the last two chapters that interest me the most are jus
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
VERY sad and depressing, and the parents of both Max and Aggie were the literal WORST.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ya
This was a hard book to read subject wise but you know that's a possibility by the blurb on the back. I kept putting the book down but then almost instantly picking it back up because I had to know what happened. I didn't cry until the end of the book at which point I started sobbing. It's the type of book that I hope everyone will read. It brings to light things people don't always want to talk about but should. Grief should never be bottled up. Teen readers and adults readers will both get a l ...more
Miranda Asebedo
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aggi and Max’s story is proof of love’s power to transcend all things, even unspeakable grief and tragedy. Rufener handles topics such as love, loss, and grief with a deft and steady hand, intermingling moments of humor and warmth as two families learn to navigate the tragedy that’s intertwined them forever. Be sure to put this on your TBR list, especially if you’re a fan of Rufener’s well-drawn and complex characters from her debut, WHERE I LIVE.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Review for our Booksrealwhenshared bookclub pick of the month - March 2020.

I really had high hopes for this book but sadly they were not satisfied. I thought this book was going to be an angsty YA, full of forbidden love and families trying to overcome grief, and for a certain part it was, but at the same time I felt like it was dragging for far too long (even though this is a under 300 page book).

I felt like the main ship was not so strong because we really see little of them together, and the
Apr 14, 2019 marked it as to-read

Blog Tour + Giveaway (intl!): Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener

Since We Last Spoke explores grief, family dynamics, love that needs a reboot, and small town intricacies, all while growing up. Sounds right up my alley, right? I couldn't help but think of other books I've read this year with similar themes and how powerful they've been. Check out some of my fav 2019 releases to pick up when you're through with Since We Last Spoke (and the book hangover). Plus, enter the internati
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The lives of the Franks and the Grangers had been intertwined for two generations, but they become unraveled after both families lose a child.

This was a portrait of families crumbling under the pain of grief and loss. It showed how grief can be all consuming and how it can leech into all areas life.

My heart broke for these families. What a devastating loss they suffered. Rufener did a beautiful job capturing all those emotions, and I was hit in the feels over and over again as
Carolyn Elaine
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 stars

Aggi Frank and Max Granger were in love. Then, an accident that killed both of their older siblings drove the two families apart. Now, a restraining order and threats loom over the family, preventing Max and Aggi from seeing each other. Then, on one fateful night, Aggi and Max push past those boundaries and rekindle their feelings for each other. In Brenda Rufener's Since We Last Spoke , follow the path of two grief stricken teens as they find each other again.

Since We Last Spo
May 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
I will really try to hold back but this book is one of the worst books I have ever read. I couldn’t finish it. The plot is all over the place and the two main characters have NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! I kept hearing stories of the past that had nothing to do with the story or the scene. Honestly this book is a hallmark of failed tension building and manufactured tension. I found myself saying no, this isn’t funny anymore when ANOTHER interruption came to the scene. Having flashbacks to the past ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
This was incredibly heavy with grief - it practically made the book itself feel heavier. I think a deep and total exploration of grief absolutely has a place in teen lit, but I wish there had been more here. This story only spanned a day or two, with most of it being in one night, and the timing of it all just felt funky. All of the parents in this were the literal worst with really questionable parenting choices that were baseline abusive and while I know and understand this can be real life, i ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was so scathingly mediocre. I didn’t have high hopes as this was a book I picked up on a whim, but it was just so....meh.

The two main characters were boring and flat, plus they didn’t really have distinctive personalities.

In my brain, they were just sad dude with erectile disfunction and sad girl with mildly abusive parents.

The side characters weren’t well fleshed out which made them feel fake. Their personalities were also told to us and not shown. For instance, Ume was told to be ver
Erin H
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Wow I didn't realize how dark this book was going to be and boy did I cry at the end. I really liked how the Romeo and Juliet storyline was weaved into this plot. I loved both Max and Aggi and it was nice to see Max's perspective and how he longed to be with Aggi. I feel like a lot of Young Adult tends to focus on the girl missing the guy more. I really liked their friends and despite how everyone was going through their own things they were still there for each other. The ending was what made t ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book guys...
Since We Last Spoke is so tragic and heavy with grief and guilt. There were a lot of bits to this story that I didn't love but, again, the good outweighs the bad sometimes. This was really easy to get through and I loved the atmospheric side to it, it really got me in the mood for winter. I was very touched by a lot of this as well.

3.5 stars
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Ultimately this was a sweet story, but I think I would've enjoyed it more had it just been one POV. It felt too much like we were hearing the exact same things from both characters and there wasn't enough difference in their voices to keep me from getting confused. ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
This entire story happened over the course of a few days, but it just seemed to keep going on and on.

Aggi's dad was extremely abusive and it was definitely extremely painful and hard to read about. Both sets of parents were being incredibility childish and needed to just handle things a different way.

The way the Aggi and Max's friends were pretending that either of them existed was just wrong, and didn't really seem like something friends would do.

Overall, this just seemed like a short book that
Em Ann ♡︎♡︎♡︎ - theglitterybookworm_
TW: talks of suicide, loss of a loved one, etc
Zoha Chishti
Jan 27, 2022 rated it it was ok
there was SO much potential. all of it went unresolved.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. Portrays grief and loss and hurt and sadness in the most stunning way. Learned so much from it.
May 02, 2022 rated it liked it
Easy read but didn’t feel that there was that much depth to the story
this was,,,not a good book
it was a classic two-teens-aren't-allowed-to-see-each-other romantic story, except it . . . wasn't great
the writing wasn't great
(and it had A TON of language and [contenT (view spoiler)] to the point to where I didn't want my family to walk behind me while I was reading it)
the storyline really wasn't that spectacular or
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Brenda Rufener is a technical writer turned novelist and the author of WHERE I LIVE, which Bustle named a most anticipated YA contemporary book hitting shelves in 2018 and Jennifer Niven called a “hard-hitting novel filled with hope.”

SINCE WE LAST SPOKE, Brenda’s second young adult novel, arrived April 2019 and received a starred review from School Library Journal, among other honors.

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