The Last Words We Said (Hardcover)
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A Sydney Taylor Young Adult Honor Book
All the Bright Places meets If I Stay in this heart-wrenching, romantic novel about a tight-knit group of teen girls coping with a devastating loss and what happens when your best friend is also your first love…and your first heartbreak.
Nine months ago, Danny disappeared. His closest friends, Ellie, Rae, and Deenie, are all dealing with the loss differently. Rae’s pouring herself into rage-baking. Deenie’s deepening her commitment to Orthodox Judaism. And Ellie—who was Danny’s girlfriend and closest friend—is the only one who doesn’t believe he’s dead.
Because she still sees him.
In chapters that alternate between past and present, the story of Ellie and Danny unspools—from their serendipitous meeting to Danny’s effortless absorption into the girls’ friend group to Danny and Ellie falling for each other. In the past, they were the perfect couple…until it all went wrong. In the present, Ellie’s looking for answers.
She, Rae, and Deenie all have secrets, and they each hold a clue about the night Danny disappeared. Can the friends come together to uncover the truth about Danny? Or will tragedy drive them apart for good?
About the Author
Leah Scheier was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. As a child, she was inspired by her favorite authors—Arthur Conan Doyle, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis—to dream up tales of adventure and romance. Now grown up with three daughters of her own, Leah works as a pediatrician and continues to create new stories.
"A compassionate and insightful exploration of the mysteries of imagination and the deeply personal nature of belief."
— Kirkus Reviews