The Last Time I Saw You was a bit slow at first, and there wasn’t a whole lot of excitement throughout the entire book. Still, something about the characters drew me in. I have had a lot of friends who have suffered from mental illnesses, and my own mother is severely bi-polar. I guess it’s for that reason that I really identify with Olivia, the main character of this story.
This book is about two friends and is set as a series of flashbacks after Olivia finds out that her former best friend Sally has been killed in a car accident. Sally suffers from bi-polar disorder and is either very “up” or very “down”. Unfortunately she also drags Olivia down with her. Sally is not a likable character at all–she is very controlling of her best friend and I found myself wondering why Olivia didn’t walk away sooner. It reminded me almost of two lovers in an abusive relationship. Olivia isn’t much better because she lets Sally walk all over her and manipulate her. It’s hard to fully blame Sally due to her mental illness, but it was still difficult to read about at times.
I have personally had friendships in my life that ended unexpectedly, and sometimes I look back on them and wonder exactly what went wrong and when. This book was a reminder of that and made me seriously take a look at my current friends and try to show them that I appreciate them more. I found the ending to be perfect for this book and it made the whole thing worth the read.
All in all, I would give this 3 out of 5 stars. It didn’t blow me away, but it was a good exploration of a relationship between two people. It went one step further by also exploring the relationship between people who were affected by Sally when she was alive, and how her absence somehow found a way to bring them together.
I found the story to be a little bit sad for the most part, but all in all it was a good read.
Holly has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and owns a small business with her husband selling fleece and hand-spun yarn. When she is not spinning yarn, she does freelance work as a graphic design artist and is highly involved in animal rescue.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Wunderkind PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.