The Last True Love Story

Simon and Schuster, 13 . 2016 . - 288 .
From the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed coauthor of All American Boys and author of The Gospel of Winter 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.

Thats 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 doesnt actually suck. Okay, so: love. Sure.

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

And Hendrix, hes 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 hes fading fast from Alzheimers. Looking for any way to help the man who raised him, Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promisethat hell 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, Gpas doctors, and the police all hot on their heels, Hendrix and Corrina set off to discover for themselves if what Gpa says is truethat the only stories that last are love stories.
 

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LibraryThing Review

  - Twink - LibraryThing

I love 'road trip' novels. Anything could happen on the way 'there'. Where is 'there'? Why is the trip being made? As one character often says in Brendan Kiely's new novel, The Last True Love Story ...

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  - ewyatt - LibraryThing

A road trip just might be the thing to help them all. When Hendrix runs into his crush Corrina and she wants to run away, he strikes up a deal that she can take his mom's car if she also takes Hendrix ...

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Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City. Tradition is his fourth novel.