I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman
on August 7, 2018
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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 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?
Book Review: The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman
This is a unique YA contemporary that follows a gun incident during the high school prom.
Rose Regenero decided to suddenly quit the newspaper after 4 years of work. She just had an epiphany that push her to change the course of what college she decided to attend, who she was going to go to prom with and how she was going to spend her time.
This left Grant with a lot of questions.
Here is the thing Grant and Rose liked each other. But Grant took Rose for granted. He dated other girls. He obsessed about the newspaper. He just didn’t see that Rose liked him beyond just friends.
On prom night, Grant is obsessed about finishing the last newspaper of the year. He realizes in the middle of prom that their is a breaking story about a gun. Grant pushed Rose to come back and follow the lead.
The story takes place over the course of the evening as we uncovered how the gun got into school grounds and how Grant and Rose uncover the story and share it to the world.
In the end, Rose and Grant realize that they are meant to be together.
My feels: This was a unique YA contemporary story. I like that the romance didn’t overpower the story. I kept reading trying to figure out how the gun got into the school and the role of administration in it.