The Last True Love Story

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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5.8 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), Tradition, The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His most recent book is The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege. His work has been published in over a dozen languages, and has received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Meyers Award, and ALA's Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. A former high school teacher, he is now on the faculty of the Solstice MFA Program. He watches too much basketball and reads too many books at the same time, but most importantly, he lives for and loves his wife and son. Find out more at


"Genuine, thoughtful, and heartbreaking, The Last True Love Story is the kind of book that kickstarts an awakening in your soul and will resonate with readers for years to come."--Julie Murphy, New York Times Bestselling author of Dumplin' and Side Effects May Vary
"Brendan Kiely's writing soars off the page, ultimately landing someplace between heartwarming and heart-aching (but definitely somewhere in the heart). Here is a book about music, friendship, first and final loves, and all the blue notes in between. Indeed, The Last True Love Story may be exactly that."--David Arnold, bestselling author of Mosquitoland
"As cool as it is tender, this poignant story about the power of love thrums with classic rock and aches with honesty. I was so moved by Hendrix's journey and, as a brown girl who loves music, I was completely invested in Corrina--one of my new favorite characters in all of YA. Authentic and beautifully written, The Last True Love Story will truly capture your heart."--Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart And Other Black Holes
"Some authors write with their hearts first and their heads second. Some the other way around. But Brendan Kiely manages, as always, to strike a skillful and delicate balance between deep, intellectual coming-of-age and poetic, emotional drama. The Last True Love Story stands in a league of its own both in regards to the way it portrays its teenage protagonists and the way it tells the very personal, tragic story of Alzheimer's. If the point of living is learning how to love, to quote Gpa, then I think we should all start by reading Mr. Kiely's beautiful novel."--John Corey Whaley, Printz and Morris winner, National Book Award finalist, and author of Highly Illogical Behavior
"The Last True Love Story is a tender multi-generational story that's as much about the meaning of family as it is about falling in love. There's plenty of delightful adventure, but what I loved most about this book is its respect for moments that can be both quiet and life changing at once."--Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead
"A beautiful, searing journey into the American heartland. This book, like an epic road trip, is full of difficult truths, great music, and deeply human companions."--Daniel José Older, award-winning author of Shadowshaper and the Bone Street Rumba series.
"A quirky, romantic, and satisfying story."--Publishers Weekly
"This bittersweet, sometimes humorous coming-of-age journey hits all the right notes, with its emotional language, vivid landscapes, and quirky characters...A good fit for new adults, graduates of Joan Bauer's Rules of the Road, or those who enjoyed John Green's Looking for Alaska." --Booklist
**STARRED REVIEW** "Readers will be swept up in Kiely's musical prose as Teddy learns about love, romance, forgiveness, and reconciliation."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The story seamlessly integrates family history and the present, creating a tale of love free from cheesiness. Raw, imperfect relationships will strike a chord with teenage readers. Part road trip, part romance, this story is the stuff of summer dreams. Recommended."--School Library Connection
* "A sophisticated story about the power of love, music, and making amends. Deeply personal and universal at the same time, Kiely's truly lovely tale should find a home in every YA collection."--School Library Journal, starred review
** STARRED REVIEW ** "poetic, lovely, and profound...Satisfying and full of longing, the book features deep feelings, full hearts, and heartbreak. It speaks to the importance of forging connections and the power of story to capture memories and meaning."--VOYA