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The Last Summer

(Leaving Summersville #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  27 reviews
For the first eleven years of their lives, neighbors Lila and Gavin were inseparable best friends. They did everything together. Until they didn’t.

Every detail of Lila’s life has been meticulously planned out since she was a child. To the point where she forgot one vital thing: to live. When she receives news that drastically alters the path of her future, she realizes she
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published June 17th 2020 (first published June 14th 2020)
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Dora Koutsoukou
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3 💖💖💖🌟s❣️

A very sweet and beautifully written YA lave story. Narrated by third person yet dual pov.
Lila had a a bucket list, for her own specific reasons, and beautiful Gavin made it his goal to fulfil these wishes!
Youth and innocence were in the air, yet I could read their love but it didn’t touch my heart as deeply as I expected to.

And they lived hea!!
Both of them.
No one died!!!!
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.75
My review:
"Your voice was the soundtrack of my summer."
This quote by anon perfectly sums up the cutesy summer romance that The Last Summer by Cait Marie is. Lila Weston has spent her whole life making plans for the future instead of living in the present, and she has one summer to make up for all the fun she missed out on, before she has to leave for college. Enter Gavin Miller he childhood best friend turned enemy who is always looking for more ways to annoy her. He doesn't
Jessica Landberg
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4,5 ☆)

This is such a sweet and adorable story! It tugs at all your emotions, and you wish you could experience everything with Lila and Gavin! Well, maybe not EVERYTHING... There are some tear-jerking moments that you don't wish for anyone to have to go through, but it's also part of why this book is memorable. I LOVED the Rapunzel scene!

I personally prefer when the writing is in first person, with alternating chapters, in this kind of books, but it works well enough with the third person persp
Heather Dowell
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Lila and Gavin were best friends growing up, but for the last seven years, they’ve had their own lives. Gavin has no idea why they're falling out happened, but it’s the summer before college and he want to change things. Fate (or shall we say a sneaky mother) intercedes, and Lila and Gavin wind up working the same summer job at an ice cream shop. It’s clear Lila wants nothing to do with Gavin, but when he discovers her bucket list, he believes helping her check off every last item may be the ans ...more
The Bookish Sassenach
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was super cute & just gave me all the feels! I loved the super adorable romance between Lila & Gavin. I am shipping them so hard right now🤩🤩 I did knock off a star but only because its technically not for my age group and I very much felt that while reading. However, if you are a big YA romance fan then, yes, this book right here will make your heart hurt and flutter.
Also, somehow, Cait Marie managed to combine my two favorite tropes second chance lovers and enemies to lovers & im livi
Open Books And Turn Pages
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An addicting and romantic summer read!
This is the book for summer!

Oh my gosh I love, love, LOVED The Last Summer! This story was so cute and sweet and fun and humorous, and I really just loved everything about it. From the first sentence I was instantly in love.
Cait Marie knows how to hook you into her stories and keep you wanting more.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice summer story.

I had received an E-ARC of The Last Summer in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cait does it again! Seriously, I finished this book in a span of two days and that is only because I'm an adult with responsibilities. Lila is relatable and adorable. Gavin is as sweet as cotton candy. This book will give you a toothache! It is literally the sweetest little story and I loved every chapter, every page, every word. Cait is a great storyteller and this book is a must-have for summer! ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review.

Lila and Gavin have known each other all their life. Their parents are best friends, they've lived next door all their life, and shared their birthday parties. They were inseparable until their 11th birthday party and from then on, everything changed. Lila wouldn't talk to Gavin and he had no idea why. That is until the summer after graduating high school until Gavin's mom forces him
Leah M
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This was a sweet and charming summer romance that was deeper than expected. The story was written with the sense that time was running out to complete things, and it made me sad that Lila had planned so much that she didn’t even get to enjoy being young.

“That’s why Lila had the bucket list after all. She had such focus on the future that she forgot to live in the present.”

“For four years, she focused so hard
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) - a summer to remember (with a parental caveat)

This is one of those sentimental, heart-tugging stories that I have to be in the mood for to appreciate. Happily I was in the mood for it & ended up really liking it a lot!

Lila grew up with Gavin, but she began distancing herself from him, & he doesn't know why - & she won't talk to him about it. Circumstances - and Gavin's pushiness - force them together.

It's difficult to say much without spoiling anything. Not sure how believable the
Glenna Mitchell
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Last Summer. Where do I begin? This book hit me so hard that I had to contact the author to tell her just how much it touched me. I read it over the span of two days, and I can almost guarantee I will read it again and again. Easily became one of my favorite summer reads that I will read every summer! I’ve always been a reader and when I learned of Cait, I was a little worried about reading her books because she was such a new author but WOW. I’m so glad I did. Everything she writes wows me! ...more
Pauline Anne
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story. A real page turner. Gavin and Lila were childhood friends. Unfortunately they have a falling out though Gavin has never really understood what happened. Gavin finds Lila's summer bucket list. From that moment on, he's determined to make all her wishes come true before summer is over. College looms ahead or does it! Lila's hiding the real reason for her bucket list. It won't stay a secret for long.
Ideal for Nicholas Sparks fans and those who like a heart warming story.
I received
Angelina Singer
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet summer story - just what I needed to get my mind off the current state of things. I really sympathized with Lila, even if I was frustrated by her inability to tell her friend Gavin what drive them apart years ago. They are so special and I loved reading about all the swoon-worthy moments. I thought the addition of the summer bucket list at the end of each chapter added a really fun element of following the characters through their teenage adventures. This is a beautifully writ ...more
Allyssa Painter
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book that wasn't nearly as sad as it sounds. I almost didn't read it because I was so worried it wouldn't have a happy ending, but without spoiling anything too much, I will say: No one dies at the end. :) To be honest, that was my concern. I was worried this was another "A Walk to Remember." But it wasn't, and I am glad I read it. It's definitely worth the read. ...more
Abby Kirkland
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is definitely one that YA ladies will love! Fantastically written. Such a clean romance. I teach high school and if I have a student who wants to read Nicholas Sparks, but isn't ready to handle all that a Sparks novel dishes out, I will recommend this book. Again, such a good novel! Well done Cait Marie! ...more
Patricia Harris
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a breath of fresh air. It is a sweet tale. The characters are wholesome and sweet. Very well written. I am really glad I got to read it.

I recieved an arc for an honest review. I honestly love the book and will revisit it again.
Madeline VanWagner
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful story. I was hooked from the first chapter and enjoyed seeing how the story developed. The writing is amazing and I am so glad I read this book. I highly recommend adding this to your reading list. You will not be disappointed
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute but predictive, summer YA read
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book makes you want to experience graduation all over again. It’s an extremely quick read that will send you on a roller coaster of emotions, but you’ll want to read it again.
Katlyn Karst
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and romantic summer romance. A refreshing twist on enemies to lovers. I enjoyed every moment of Lima and Gavin’s journey. A perfect read for summer!
Jess Carpenter
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pure, Wholesome YA

SO FREAKING CUTE! This is the perfect book for the 14-18yo or anyone who likes YA romance. It was so sweet and wholesome. I literally was just this emoji the whole time while I read it: 🥺 Definitely recommend and am now a huge fan of anything Cait publishes!
Heather Hancock
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Best Read For This Summer!

2020 continues to be an unprecedented year. Enter “The Last Summer”, which catapulted this older reader back to the awkward between time after Graduation.

I laughed out loud, cheered, yelled and cried my way through this raw and very real love story. I know it’s a young adult novel, but there is something for everyone within the pages of this must read book.
Joey Paul
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because of the blurb and hoped for a good romance and I was not disappointed. I loved Lila, and Gavin and I adored the story, it pulled at the heart strings, and had me sold on them both as a couple from the first few pages. I loved the bucket list, loved watching them cross things off, and loved watching them get closer and closer! The story was super romantic, light but with some serious moments, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good teen romance. Highly enjoyabl ...more
Shanna Johnson (Once Upon a Library)
When I began reading this book it had a comforting familiarity to it that made me feel at home with it. I am a big believer in short term bucket lists and adventures. Lila creates one to complete in 2 weeks and get ex best friend/nemisis Gavin ends up involving himself in helping her complete it, against her wishes.

After some time their old friendship begins to rekindle and develop into so much more. The Last Summer was filled with joy, laughter, and tears. As I got closer to the end I cried and
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. A poignant story about Lila, who has a bucket list she wants to complete in the next two weeks. Gavin, her neighbor finds it, and wants to help her complete it. The two of them were best friends until Lila drifted away from Gavin, who had no idea why. What I didn't understand is why their parents never tried to get the two of them to patch up their friendship earlier. ...more
Iva Marie (BookWyrm's Observatory)
Read this book!!!

If you are looking for a fluffy, heartwarming, summer read that will also have you in your feels, look no further! I read The Last Summer in one evening, in one sitting. I could not put it down. Cait Marie refers to Nicholas Sparks in her dedication at the beginning and I feel comfortable saying that she nailed a novel that is full of his influence. She took a Nicholas Sparks storyline and gave it her own whimsy voice. Gavin and Lila are characters that you fall in love with im
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A super cute YA read. I love bucket list books because the idea is intriguing. Trying to fit all of life's experiences into a limited amount of time. It leaves room for a lot of fun between the characters.
Just as with her last release, Cait Marie had written appealing characters with her easy flowing style. I can't wait for more from this author.
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All her life, Cait Marie has loved fairy tales. When she discovered a passion for writing in 2015, she knew she had finally found the right path.

Cait is the creator and manager of Functionally Fictional. In 2019, she joined the indie staff of YA Books Central as a reviewer and then Indie Co-Manager in 2020. From 2017 to 2020, she held multiple positions within Coffee House Writers, including C.O.O

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