The Last Thing You Said
Lucy always loved summers on Halcyon Lake-sunning on the lake raft, relaxing on the boat, and spending every possible minute with her best friend, Trixie, and Trixie's brother, Ben, Lucy's lifelong crush. Until last summer, when one tragic event turned their idyllic world upside down. Now nothing is the same. This summer, Trixie is gone, and Ben is distant, numbing his pain with parties and a string of interchangeable girlfriends. Lucy does her best to move on and avoid this cold new Ben. She throws herself into babysitting, waitressing, and a sweet new romance with the renter next door. But in their small lake town, forgetting the past-and Ben-proves impossible. He still seems to be everywhere: at work, at the movies . . . and in Lucy's heart. Lucy so wants to move on, but how can she forgive when she can't forget?
Sara Biren earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has had several short stories published in literary journals. Sara established Stubby Pencil Critique and Editing Services and is a member of MNYA Writers, a critique group of YA writers in the Twin Cities. She is a member of SCBWI, YA Lit Chat, and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She lives outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two children. The Last Thing You Said is her debut novel. www.sarabiren.com