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Since We Last Spoke

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  29 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, 304 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
I really expected SINCE WE LAST SPOKE to knock me on my ass. A story of tragedy, almost ROMEO AND JULIET-ish, in the sense of warring families, combined with loss and betrayal and grief. And while those elements are present, they didn't make me love (or even like..) the story. I didn't lose myself in these awful circumstances, root for the protagonists -- reeling from so much and just trying to make each day work -- or rejoice for the healing at the end. Instead I suffered through the drama, and ...more
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
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 international giv
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.
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 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
Neelam Babul
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sad and moving story about grief that divides two families who were neighbours and very close to each other. It shows how death and grief can force friends and families apart driving them to extreme measures to ensure that they are held accountable.

After Aggie and Max's elder siblings passed away due to circumstances out of their control, they are forced by their parents to never see each other again. There is a restraining order preventing each of the families from interacting with each othe
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.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tcg-reviewed, 2-stars
I received an eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I...have mixed feelings about this one. My review can be read here:
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Since We Last Spoke gives you a peek inside the life of a teenager dealing with death and guilt and love. While emotions already run high for this age bracket, throw in fighting parents, concern for a younger sibling, not being able to see your boyfriend, and general distrust for everyone— that’s about where our protagonist is. I wouldn’t say this read took me to anywhere unexpected. I comfortably predicted just about every step along the way. And maybe for someone battling similar demons, that’ ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance, Young Adult, Drama lovers
"Who said anything about Max?" Max. His name is beginning to sound foreign. That's what happens when you're afraid to speak it. Like goddamn Voldemort.
Two connected families. Two horrible tragedies that tore them apart. Aggi and Max were living a wonderful life. Best friends in love. What could possibly go wrong? But then the accident happened. Both of the families started drifting apart, blinded by grief and sadness. Sadly also Aggi and Max. Then the violence starts. Aggi and Max must stick t
Candace Miller
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
read ARC - review to come
A book that deals with loss, grief, and how the processing of said emotions can have lasting consequences.

Aggi and Max are forced to end their burgeoning love affair after the untimely deaths of their older siblings--Kate and Cal. The circumstances surrounding those deaths pits their once close families against each other; forcing Max and Aggi to choose sides in a war they don't feel is their own. However, as is typically the case in a small town, it's difficult for Aggi and Max to stay away fr
Jill Jemmett
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this story!

This story was very emotional. The two main characters both lost their older siblings in a car accident. Max’s brother was killed in the accident, in which Aggi’s sister was driving. Aggi’s sister couldn’t live with the guilt of killing her boyfriend, so she killed herself. That was bad enough, but the two families, which had always been close neighbours, had a huge feud. Aggi’s dad sued Max’s dad, causing a lot of paranoia and driving a wedge between Max and Aggi. There was a
Erin Quinn
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In reading the book cover, one can assume that something happened between the two neighboring houses. The author allows the reader to experience loss and its impact on both families. One will also notice that everyone handles loss differently and might lash out at those closest to them. Some people become distant and blame themselves in order to feel something. They seek order from others or become something different in order to still be mundane. While reading this book, there are forces that c ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max and Aggi have been friends forever as have their families but an accident and more causes a tiff between the families. They are ordered to stay away from each other by their fathers. Grace is Aggi's little sister who goes to live with a family friend while the mom and dad try to come to grips with their loss. Aggi is left at home to deal with their arguing, drinking, etc. Aggi wants to talk to Max and vice versa but afraid of the consequences. Friends try to help them out but what will it ta ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Man...I really felt for Max and Aggi and their families. This book is heavier than I was anticipating it to be, and I found myself relating to the emotions both Max and Aggi expressed. (view spoiler), but overall it was a compelling and page turning read. I think my favorite character was Henry, and I really wanted more of his story.
Jillian Daniels
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Karla Tailor
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one made me laugh...cry...repeat. Such a good read.
Megan Conlon Cregge
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
I'm sure this book will be a hit with the YA book with a love story surrounded by death crowd, but it just didn't resonate with me. Just too angsty and sad.
Maddie Eklund
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
I don't typically read contemporary books but this novel had so much more depth and grit to it than most fluff teenage angst books I have read in this specific genre.

Brenda Rufener delves into a very gritty topic that is taboo to most people and handles it with grace. She explores the grief and guilt that is associated with these topics and writes about them in the most relatable, emotion provoking way possible.

This book made me cry, which is not typical. I was invested throughout the story, sn
Jessica Gadd
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since We Last Spoke is Ya Contemporary Romance and it is fantastic! Such a moving story that is so beautifully written. This book covers love, death, grief, and of course forgiveness. I'm sure this book will resonate with many out there. Definitely recommend.
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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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