Lovely story about the power of love from Ruthie

The Last SummerThe Last Summer by Ruthie Luhnow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ruthie Luhnow doesn’t release books as often as some other authors do but when she does, it’s invariably a well crafted exploration of the power of love in some form or another.

This one centres on two teenagers living in a tiny conservative town that doesn’t like “different” and examines the effect of expectations and fears of family prejudice.

I felt so bad for Wynn, unable to see the wood for the trees, unaware of “why” he loved Alfie so much and why the other boy was the most important thing in his life. He broke my heart.

But Alfie, oh how much did I want to just wrap him up in bubble wrap and tell him it’d be okay, that he’d find his place in the world and it would be beautiful.

This book is probably the most angsty of all of Ruthie’s that I’ve read, but it’s not unnecessary. It drives the narrative and anchors everything which happens later.

It’s also a book about it never being too late to accept yourself and discovering that the years don’t mean a thing when the one you love, loves you back.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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