The Last True Love Story (Hardcover)

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Last True Love Story, by Brendan Kiely

Mild mannered Hendrix is done with following the rules. He's tired of being alone, writing poetry no one understands, and he's tired of not getting any straight answers about his dead dad from anyone. But mostly he's angry that the man who raised him, his Gpa, is losing his memory due to Alzheimer's and therefore losing his memories of his life with Gma. So when the troubled girl of Hendrix’s dreams, Corrina, needs a quick escape from her rock-star lifestyle he takes the biggest chance of his life. With a little help from Corrina, Hendrix breaks Gpa out of “old folks prison” in California and steals his mom’s car to go on an epic road trip across the country to get Gpa back to his home town and back to his memories of Gma, while he still has them. “Everyone respects the "road trip" except the police, his mother, and Corrina’s parents, apparently.

Last True Love Story is a sweet and engaging look at love in all its forms and at its many stages in life. I enjoyed that the budding romance between Hendrix and Corrina didn’t take the focus off the story entirely but added to the overall tone. Love is the deep and driving force for much of the action but also the cause for many of the secrets. Hendrix is trying to write the family history to hold on to the beauty and importance of the tender moments between loved ones that can only live in memory while realizing you have to fully live your life to have memories worth keeping..

— From Heather Weirich Roy


From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boys comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen love story as two teens embark on a cross-country journey of the heart and soul.

The point of living is learning how to love.

That's what Gpa says. To Hendrix and Corrina, both seventeen but otherwise alike only in their loneliness, that sounds like another line from a pop song that tries to promise kids that life doesn't actually suck. Okay, so: love. Sure.

The thing about Corrina--her adoptive parents are suffocating, trying to mold her into someone acceptable, predictable, like them. She's a musician, itching for any chance to escape, become the person she really wants to be. Whoever that is.

And Hendrix, he's cool. Kind of a poet. But also kind of lost. His dad is dead and his mom is married to her job. Gpa is his only real family, but he's fading fast from Alzheimer's. Looking for any way to help the man who raised him, Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promise--that he'll get him back east to the hill where he first kissed his wife, before his illness wipes away all memory of her.

One hot July night, Hendrix and Corrina decide to risk everything. They steal a car, spring Gpa from his assisted living facility, stuff Old Humper the dog into the back seat, and take off on a cross-country odyssey from LA to NY. With their parents, Gpa's doctors, and the police all hot on their heels, Hendrix and Corrina set off to discover for themselves if what Gpa says is true--that the only stories that last are love stories.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481429887
ISBN-10: 1481429884
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English