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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 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 from the Gazette. After all, they’d dedicated their lives to it for the past four years, had even planned on majoring in journalism together at Northwestern—which is why Grant is determined to entice Rose back. But whether it’s really to the paper or to him he’s not entirely sure. When an alarm is set off at prom and the school goes on lockdown, Grant discovers that someone is loose in the building with a gun. But Rose, caught outside of the gym, knows differently. Will her instincts for a good story win out against her resolve to leave Grant and the paper behind?


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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 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 from the Gazette. After all, they’d dedicated their lives to it for the past four years, had even planned on majoring in journalism together at Northwestern—which is why Grant is determined to entice Rose back. But whether it’s really to the paper or to him he’s not entirely sure. When an alarm is set off at prom and the school goes on lockdown, Grant discovers that someone is loose in the building with a gun. But Rose, caught outside of the gym, knows differently. Will her instincts for a good story win out against her resolve to leave Grant and the paper behind?

30 review for The Last Best Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    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 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 while it was effective, I never got into the rhythm of the story. If the jarring was intentional, good job. The indifference about the possible shooter was a glaring commentary on our current problem with gun control and I can’t figure out if it was a genius move or not. Overall, it was a quick read and I did like it. Yet at the same time, I wasn’t satisfied when I was finished. This was not the cute contemp I was expecting. **Huge thanks to Balzer + Bray for providing the arc free of charge**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    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 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 hate grant. He was flawed, and his singular focus was sometimes frustrating, but I didn't hate him. As a matter of fact, I was sort of awed by his passion for finding the truth. • Pro: Both Rose and Grant were struggling with things. We get to see some of their hardships via flashbacks and in present time. The issues steering the plot, Grant's reticence to start a relationship or maintain the friendship, as well as Rose's realization that maybe everything she had been hyper-focused on wasn't what she wanted, felt very authentic, and I think many could relate to these quandaries. • Pro: The mystery of the gun kept me quite interested in the present day story, and I liked the searching for the missing pieces of the puzzle. • Pro: Though the book tackled some serious issues - gun violence, divorce, sexual assault, it was not too serious. There were quite a few hilarious moments and some heartfelt ones too. I definitely sensed that end of an era nostalgia as well. • Pro: I thought the ending was really good, and it's always great to end on a high note. Overall: An interesting evening spent searching the story, the truth, and one's purpose. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  3. 5 out of 5

    Milena

    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 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 enjoyable and a thought-provoking read. *ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

  4. 4 out of 5

    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. See my full thoughts on my review on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current boo 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. See my full thoughts on my review on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!

  5. 5 out of 5

    demislibrary

    I read this in one lazy day. It was quite an enjoyable read, though wasn’t what I was expecting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thamy

    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 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 problem was that it took too long for something to happen and then nothing much happens to compensate. In the end, I'd say this is more of a romance than a thriller. But because of the thriller, even the romance wasn't that well developed. I did like Rose, I think her identity crisis was the big point in this book for me. Grant has always kept her rolling to a point she's not sure what is it she wanted herself and starts denying it all. And I also liked how it wasn't all Grant's fault, though it seems in the beginning. I won't spoil it all for you, of course, but it felt quite real that she'd have a breakdown. I think this author was very good in getting the personalities of each of her characters, not only Rose's. The thing is, as much as I did enjoy Grant as a character, I didn't get the romance. I mean, it would be disappointing for me if the two weren't a thing at some point, I love romances and they were the main characters. Still, I don't see how Grant deserves Rose's affection. He's selfish and the little he did well didn't atone him in my opinion. So the romance was more of a fail, I couldn't cheer for them and perhaps I even cheered against them at some point. As for the thriller, I wanted something more breathtaking. Something like This is Where It Ends. And the conclusion wasn't satisfying either. At a point I didn't even care what the answer to the whole mystery was, to be honest. So, while this was well written and filled with good characters, it was neither a good romance nor a good thriller. I'm sure it took a lot of work to build all the story, so it's a pity the result was this underwhelming. It's still quick and pleasant to read, just not all it could have been. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 (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-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 from the Gazette. After all, they’d dedicated their lives to it for the past four years, had even planned on majoring in journalism together at Northwestern—which is why Grant is determined to entice Rose back. But whether it’s really to the paper or to him he’s not entirely sure. When an alarm is set off at prom and the school goes on lockdown, Grant discovers that someone is loose in the building with a gun. But Rose, caught outside of the gym, knows differently. Will her instincts for a good story win out against her resolve to leave Grant and the paper behind? (Review)
 (DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language) Rose is the ace reporter for her high school paper, but she quit 2 months ago, leaving Grant; her almost boyfriend and Editor-in-chief behind. She attends the prom with a new boy and new interests and doesn’t look back. An alarm goes off and the school is on lockdown. As the story unfolds we see Grant and Rose’s past. Unfortunately, I really wasn’t a fan of this novel. I felt that it was kind of stuck as the entire story happens during prom. The story bounced between past and present which left me slightly confused at first before I understood what was going on. I really wanted to DNF this book within the first few chapters, but I decided to carry on and give it a chance, and I actually did finish it. I loved that it addresses very real and current world issues. But I wasn’t a fan of the characters and story as it felt pretty flat to me. The story progression was okay, but nope, this book didn’t do it for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    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 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 about her old life and have a normal few months before college. Grant, being completely blindsided when Rose abandoned the Gazette and their friendship, is determined to win her back as a reporter, friend and maybe something more. Meanwhile, at the prom, a security alarm is set off and the high school goes on a lockdown due to someone being loose inside the building with a gun. Forgetting their past, Rose and Grant team up for one last story for the Gazette that could save their friendship and the safety of their classmates. At first, Lehrman’s novel appeared to be a quintessential fun summer beach read. However, there is much depth to the novel, the storyline revolves around a potential school shooting and the character’s responses to that all within a few hours. Lehrman’s depictions of the situation were raw and realistic which I appreciated, as some YA novels seem to tackle serious pressing issues in a more superficial way. Also, the novel briefly discusses how race and sexuality impact the events at hand for Rose and Grant’s friends. Indeed, her writing was flawless; the reader could truly envision themselves in the character’s shoes and felt attached to the decisions they were making. Even though the plot took place within a few hours, there were numerous flashbacks woven in throughout the novel so the reader could truly grasp the meaningful friendship of Grant and Rose and other anecdotes that provide a glimpse into their background. In addition, the two character’s perspectives alternated, which I found interesting as the reader could fully understand both of their thoughts and feelings as they reflected upon the situation. Lehrman crafted the characters beautifully, providing just the right amount of detail to understand them, but also kept the mystery palpable. Just like Rose and Grant learned by the conclusion of the novel, readers can take away the message that appearances are deceiving. Indeed, as they place all of the pieces together, we learn that it is easy to jump to wrong conclusions without accurate facts. In a setting of high school, where gossip thrives, the characters are led down an incorrect slippery slope punctuated with preconceived notions. Due to the mysterious element of the novel, I was unable to put it down. I finished the book in one sitting, trying to decode all of the evidence and figure out who the shooter was, what motivated them to do it and if the information at hand was truly accurate. Personally, I was surprised with the end results and was in awe of the tactics Lehrman used to keep the reader engaged and guessing. Reviewed by Ryan H., Teen Board Member

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rimpy Toor

    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 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 out of no where, especially when the novel primarily featured these two characters that were having their own weird relationship whilst all of this was going on. The writing of this novel was quite normal for any YA contemporary. I didn’t find it to be extraordinary, but it also wasn’t something that I altogether hated. It was easy to read and very easy to quickly get through. As for the characters, I found them all (almost all) insufferable. They were wrapped up in their own world and didn’t really understand the severity of the situation taking place. They also had no care whatsoever for anyone else’s feelings. They did things because they wanted to and didn’t give a second thought to how another person would be affected. I ultimately only liked one or two of the characters of this novel, and neither of them were the main protagonists. The plot was also something I’ve had to mull over for a bit after reading the novel. As entertained as I was throughout the novel, and I can’t deny that I was, this novel just didn’t sit entirely right with me. It was really weird to read about a potential school shooting but also have all of the characters running around acting like nothing out of the ordinary was happening. It was an interesting take on the school shooting plot line that has frequented several novels throughout these recent months, but it was just altogether a weird plot. As weird as I found the entire plot and situation going on, I can’t deny that I did enjoy this novel. It was a quick read and it did feature some important topics, despite how unconventional the presentation of those topics were. I understood the direction that the author was trying to go in and I really did like the mystery element that was placed in this novel. It was not an entirely hard mystery to figure out, but it was a nice element. All in all, I think that if you’re a fan of YA contemporary novels with romance and mystery dispersed throughout I would recommend you pick this novel up. If you’re looking to pick up a novel that features a school shooting as the primary plot line and does it well, I would highly recommend you pick up That’s Not What Happened by Kodi Keplinger.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann-Eliza M.

    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 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 for one book. Don't get me wrong, the book isn't unreadable, it's just to cringed the whole way through. I kept waiting for our protagonists to learn about themselves and become better people, but *spoiler alert* they don't. At least not enough for me. There's is a whodunnit plot line that keep the action and plot moving forward and that was decent, but not enough to make me forget what assholes most of these characters are.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Mesler-Evans

    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 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 thought after the book ended was, "Well, that was fun." This isn't normally the sort of YA I like, so it's probably not surprising that this didn't grab me the way other books do. That said, I liked it well enough, and I'd recommend it to others. There's plenty to like about this book, as I'll detail below. Click here to read the full review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth Rodgers

    '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 '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 writing possible. They also have gone from platonic friends to two people who seemingly have feelings for one another since they have kissed (albeit once) and spent so much of their free time together. Though they have dated separate people and Rose is at prom with another guy while Grant deals with his feelings over his ex-girlfriend while he attends prom solo, they find themselves drawn to each other through the draw of finding the truth. When someone who has been banned from prom makes his way in, he is escorted out by the vice-principal, only to be accused later on of causing the lockdown due to his having a gun on site. The prom is then waylaid, of course due to the imminent danger everyone presumes is just outside the gym doors. When Rose finds herself in the thick of the story, she can't stop herself from getting involved, despite her every desire to quit the school paper (and, by extension, her friendship/relationship with Grant) and never look back. What she finds as she searches for answers is that nothing is as it seems, and other people may be involved that she wouldn't have considered in the first place. In 'The Last Best Story,' Maggie Lehrman teaches readers to question anything and everything about the subject at hand. Appearances can be deceiving, and without all of the facts and hearing everyone's side of the story, the wrong conclusions can be jumped to and then bandied about, allowing further gossip to thrive, and causing the truth to become an uncertainty even when presented with evidence. Lehrman's ability to tell the story by searching for the facts rather than letting opinions take over the storyline speaks to the beauty of how this story is written. It brings up issues of race and sexuality among Rose's and Grant's friends and how those issues shape what is going on, but it doesn't fixate on them, and that is a hard line to balance oneself on. However, it speaks to the idea of newspaper stories working to state the facts and steering clear of editorial tendencies that are best used elsewhere. A scintillating and impressive novel about the excitement of knowing one's calling and the search for the real story that brings about other lingering truths, 'The Last Best Story' should be on anyone's must-read list. Once you start it, it will be hard to put it down. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen' and 'Sweet Fifteen,' Young Adult Novels *Review originally posted at YABooksCentral.com*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kidlitter

    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 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 some of the threats facing today's youth - gun violence, sexual assault, divorce? Rose and Grant try to balance their self appointed roles as Crusadors for Truth with their competitive ambitions, and their growing mutual attraction, and Lehrman does a great job of slowly peeling away the layers of their history to relieve their motivation - or lack of - for getting involved. Their dialogue is straight out of the Veronica Mars 'verse, but not remotely adolescent and their hang ups are equally suited to older protagonists. Rose has a gnawing feeling she is "too grabby, too ambitious," but mostly she is upset that Grant doesn't appear to "like" her that way after years of co-managing their shared passion project. Then Grant is made editor instead of her, because "who would write all the articles if you're busy managing the staff?" Rose seethes and realizes she's following Grant's master plan for their lives, not her own. So she changes her entire life plans in the last few months of senior year in an effort to forget him. Clueless, narcissistic Grant still wants her to be his star reporter and is vaguely aware that if he expressed any romantic interest, she'd be his forevermore. But somehow he can't bring himself to commit. Ugh. Quitting the paper doesn't make Rose happier but she's trying, until at prom the school goes on lockdown with an apparent shooter on the loose. Grant is stuck inside the gym, but Rose is at large in the school, and there's a story to follow. Guess what Rose (with Grant egging her on) decides to do? Lehrman succeeds in making Rose appealing enough to root for, and Grant finally grows up a little, but the other characters fade into the background and the threat of tragedy looming throws a shadow over the otherwise bright tone of the book. Pair it with a viewing of Lehrman's favorite film, His Girl Friday, and see which one has legs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Last Best Story is a YA novel that focuses on two main characters - Rose and Grant - and their inability to admit their true feelings for each other. With Grant as the high school newspaper's editor-in-chief and Rose as the newspaper's star reporter, the novel is billing itself as a retelling of the classic Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell movie, His Girl Friday. But for the fact the book centers around Rose and Grant's obsession with getting the scoop and the fact there is clearly some unres The Last Best Story is a YA novel that focuses on two main characters - Rose and Grant - and their inability to admit their true feelings for each other. With Grant as the high school newspaper's editor-in-chief and Rose as the newspaper's star reporter, the novel is billing itself as a retelling of the classic Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell movie, His Girl Friday. But for the fact the book centers around Rose and Grant's obsession with getting the scoop and the fact there is clearly some unresolved feelings between the two, the parallel is lost on me. Especially, especially, especially because the events of the book take place over the course of one evening - prom night - and the dramatic twist that the evening takes when someone allegedly brings a gun to the school where prom is being held. Given today's environment, I had a really hard time getting over this as the plot point - although another reviewer commented that perhaps this is somehow a commentary on society that shouldn't be judged so viscerally. I also had a hard time getting past what, to me, seemed an unbelievable handling of and response towards the events (for example, what appeared to be the lax attitude of the police, the parents, and event the students in the situation). There were a few positive points, I loved Rose's introspection on why she maintained certain things as secrets from those who cared about her most, including the fact she was sexually assaulted by a fellow student (there was a LOT of hard and deep stuff in this book). And, on that point, her mom's response when she finally tells her what happened (though the fact the perpetrator seemingly receives no punishment for at least those actions of his is perhaps a sad commentary on society's treatment of such situations). I also did love that Rose dare I say stuck to her guns with her decision to not follow Grant to college and attempt to make her own way ... not Grant's. In short, this wasn't a "warm, funny" read for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was such a cute story! I didn't like it quite as much as I thought after reading the blurb, but it was still pretty darn good. The journalism aspect was particularly interesting to me as I went to journalism school. All the deadlines and newspaper work nights brought back lots of memories of my time working for my college paper, which I loved. Grant was a character I also identified with, with his obsession with the paper and desire to do everything to the absolute best of its ability. But This was such a cute story! I didn't like it quite as much as I thought after reading the blurb, but it was still pretty darn good. The journalism aspect was particularly interesting to me as I went to journalism school. All the deadlines and newspaper work nights brought back lots of memories of my time working for my college paper, which I loved. Grant was a character I also identified with, with his obsession with the paper and desire to do everything to the absolute best of its ability. But Rose's character also spoke to me as well, with her wariness about whether or not she was doing the right thing or going down the right path. The story as a whole was a bit crazy and just a step away from unrealistic. However, I enjoyed it nevertheless. The whole misunderstanding with the active shooter/gun took a serious subject and almost made light of it? It could have been done a lot worse, which I'm glad it didn't and stuck its foot in its mouth, but it could have been handled a bit better as well. I more than anyone understands the journalistic desire to find the truth, but I'm worried the actions of the teenagers promoted bad practices when it comes to what to do when there's a lockdown situation. Anyway, overall, I really liked this story—maybe not the way the chapters were broken up or organized—but the story as a whole was can't-put-down, and thrilling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sophia M

    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 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 feel real and honest. While I never really found myself drawn to any of the characters, I didn’t feel pulled put of the story by my lack of care for the characters. I would recommend this book to any fan of realistic YA literature!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Cole

    ***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 ***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 because he was so ignorant, but I loved how strong Rose was. I liked how unexpected everything was and how it ended. This book is definitely one worth reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    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. 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. I had high hopes for this one and it just didn't make it there.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    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 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 current and it is told in a different perspective that teens can understand. 5 stars!

  22. 5 out of 5

    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 “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 anticipated list of 2018 releases, but I just feel let down!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaymie

    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!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    BeccaB

    What a charming book. I love a contemporary romantic comedy and I definitely see the parallels to His Girl Friday - especially in the witty banter. It makes me want to go back and revisit the film. A great read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    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. :-)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    The plot was intriguing, the characters were quirky...now I really just want to watch My Girl Friday, which was the author's main inspiration! Received in my September 2018 ShelfLoveReads subscription box.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I liked it, it had a lot of topics relevant to today’s world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    I.

    I'm a sucker for a Good prom novel, and this is a Great prom novel. Fast-paced, with a mystery and a romance and an ethical decision. Loved it from beginning to end. Full Review Here: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marta Sala

    DNF 3° x 3x1

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