The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman

The Last Best Story

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 pa...

Details The Last Best Story

TitleThe Last Best Story
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews The Last Best Story

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 aw...
  • 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 storyAuthors: Maggie LehrmanFormat: kindle (eARC)Genre: YA, romance, ContemporaryRating: 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 t...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 sat...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 bet...
  • I.
    1970-01-01“He had read about these tragedies for the coverage, to watch reporters and news outlets do their jobs. Whether to name the killer, how deep to get into his personal history. How to talk about the victims, when to quote the police or homeland security. All things that felt extraordinarily and almost offensively unimportant while he was in the school where the event was happening.”Rose Regnero and Grant ...
  • 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 unbelievab...
  • Kath
    3.5 starsI'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 rela...
  • 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 turne...
  • 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.
  • Marta Sala
    DNF3° x 3x1