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Last Summer by Rebecca A. Rogers
All Chloe Sullivan wants to do is get through the summer. Her life has been in disarray for more than six months, and she knows the only reason her parents made one final trip to Sandy Shores is because of her. They are, after all, two seconds away from filing for divorce. When Chloe stumbles upon a boy in one of her childhood hangouts, she’s in for more than just a relaxing summer vacation.
Logan Andrews is exhausted, famished and, quite frankly, kaput. His parents kicked him out when he refused to attend a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction. Now, he wishes he would’ve listened; he’d be receiving appropriate medical care rather than living in a dingy, godforsaken shack, holing up from money-hungry drug dealers.
Logan’s godsend arrives in the form of Chloe, who can’t hold her tongue when it comes to matters of the heart. They’re both in for a rude awakening when Logan’s past catches up to them, though. Can they escape the drug dealers showing up at every twist and turn, or will things end much worse than they ever imagined?
WARNING: contains strong language, drug use, and sexual situations, including an explicit sex scene and a near-rape scene. Mature audiences only. 17+
Rebecca Rogers gets real in her first New Adult novel, Last Summer. The plot is deep and the characters undeniably amazing; readers will enjoy every passing moment of reading!
Last Summer is a mature young adult read that touches on drug addiction and its inevitable effects on the abuser and surrounding family and friends. Logan is homeless and almost unwilling to change the path he’s on. Fortunately, Chloe is stubborn and willing to put every bone into pulling Logan through his dark phase and getting him back to his family. Out of the many novels that highlight how intense a relationship between two teens can be few outline the chemistry and loyalty between Logan and Chloe as seriously as Last Summer. Watching them fall for each other through extremely tough events is what gives this story its edge and is its best aspect.
There are moments in Last Summer where Rebecca takes the story to a quite unexpected level, even for the New Adult genre. The lasting effect, however, is worth having the plot take a step above and beyond what’s normally seen in young adult novels. For readers who want that extra oomph, or just a little less innocence, Last Summer is a step in the right direction!