Since We Last Spoke

Since We Last Spoke

When true love is shattered by tragedy—how much would you risk to save it all?When Aggi Frank and Max Granger finally admitted their feelings for each other last December, it felt like love was beautiful and endless... until it wasn’t.A fatal car accident involving their older siblings throws their lives into sudden chaos. And with a restraining order now in place between...

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Title:Since We Last Spoke
Author:Brenda Rufener
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Edition Language:English

Since We Last Spoke Reviews

  • Travel.with.a.book

    This is the second book I've read from Brenda and she really is a fabulous and talented writer! Since We Last Spoke is a cute and fast tragedy romance which includes betrayals and grief all the journey!

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    The mixed emotions that Brenda brings are very interesting and the whole concept of the book is so unique and wonderful written! Brenda's structure of the book is very intense in a kind of way, she has the ability to build a relationship between the characters so rare and it elaborates in a reall

    This is the second book I've read from Brenda and she really is a fabulous and talented writer! Since We Last Spoke is a cute and fast tragedy romance which includes betrayals and grief all the journey!

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    The mixed emotions that Brenda brings are very interesting and the whole concept of the book is so unique and wonderful written! Brenda's structure of the book is very intense in a kind of way, she has the ability to build a relationship between the characters so rare and it elaborates in a really fascinating way, absolutely remarkable novel that everyone will enjoy!

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    Since We Last Spoke is a book that will make lots of people understand some important topics in the real life QE nd this makes it one of my favourite reads of this Year, you can learn a lot from the novel and I love how Brenda has written about the grief and some emotional aspects coming from the characters perspectives!

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    The main characters are Aggi and Max, and their love is so well portrayed in the book, after the tragedy they have to close their relationship and choose what's best for them, the background settings are so beautiful and Rufener is a stunner when it comes to romance moments! Rufener offers us a very outrageous emotional book that will make you sobbing all day!

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    For me this is a solid five stars book and I can't wait to read new books from Brenda she's in my favourite Authors list and we highly recommend you to read WHERE I LIVE her debut novel & the amazing second book SINCE WE LAST SPOKE!

  • Jenny

    This was a hard book to read subject wise but you know that's a possibility by the blurb on the back. I kept putting the book down but then almost instantly picking it back up because I had to know what happened. I didn't cry until the end of the book at which point I started sobbing. It's the type of book that I hope everyone will read. It brings to light things people don't always want to talk about but should. Grief should never be bottled up. Teen readers and adults readers will both get a l

    This was a hard book to read subject wise but you know that's a possibility by the blurb on the back. I kept putting the book down but then almost instantly picking it back up because I had to know what happened. I didn't cry until the end of the book at which point I started sobbing. It's the type of book that I hope everyone will read. It brings to light things people don't always want to talk about but should. Grief should never be bottled up. Teen readers and adults readers will both get a lot from this book.

    I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Miranda Asebedo

    Aggi and Max’s story is proof of love’s power to transcend all things, even unspeakable grief and tragedy. Rufener handles topics such as love, loss, and grief with a deft and steady hand, intermingling moments of humor and warmth as two families learn to navigate the tragedy that’s intertwined them forever. Be sure to put this on your TBR list, especially if you’re a fan of Rufener’s well-drawn and complex characters from her debut, WHERE I LIVE.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    The lives of the Franks and the Grangers had been intertwined for two generations, but they become unraveled after both families lose a child.

    This was a portrait of families crumbling under the pain of grief and loss. It showed how grief can be all consuming and how it can leech into all areas life.

    My heart broke for these families. What a devastating loss they suffered. Rufener did a beautiful job capturing all those emotions, and I was hit in the feels over and over again as

    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    The lives of the Franks and the Grangers had been intertwined for two generations, but they become unraveled after both families lose a child.

    This was a portrait of families crumbling under the pain of grief and loss. It showed how grief can be all consuming and how it can leech into all areas life.

    My heart broke for these families. What a devastating loss they suffered. Rufener did a beautiful job capturing all those emotions, and I was hit in the feels over and over again as I read this story.

    But it wasn't just the emotional punch she delivered, Rufener also managed to show so many different ways that people grieve and deal with loss. The adults in these families were kind of on the extreme side, while the children seemed to be doing a bit better, but suffering more due to absent parents.

    The central focus was on Aggie and Max, who had more or less loved each other their whole lives, but were ripped apart when their parents began playing the blame game with respect to their siblings' deaths.

    I was able to feel their emptiness, pain, and heartache as they tried to find their way back to each other. I so wanted them to defy their parents, and I was grateful that their best friends plotted to get them back together.

    This was kind of a heavy book. The characters are drowning in their sadness, and it sort of consumed me as well, but there were some bright spots.

    • Dr. Nelson was a surrogate mother to Aggie's younger sister, Grace, and a mentor to Aggie. I found her to be a good and stable presence, where Aggie really needed one.

    • Heart of gold Henry was Max's best friend, and I think he was the voice of optimism in this story. It was quite apparent that Henry's home life was garbage, yet he always kept his head up and gave his love to those who needed it. I definitely had a soft spot for him.

    • Ume was the kind of friend everyone needs. She was loyal and would probably help you hide the body if you needed her to, because that was the kind of friend she was.

    Overall: A heartbreaking tale of grief, loss, and the need to heal.

  • Karlita | Tale Out Loud

    The Frank and Granger families are as close as two coats of paints. At least, they used to be. Until they are not. Since the tragedy hit them like a storm, Max and Aggi’s father, who were best friends and co-owner in the family business, had a falling out and worse, were became enemies. Sandwiched between their parent’s own pit of rage, self-interest and endless finger pointing, Max and Aggi were

    The Frank and Granger families are as close as two coats of paints. At least, they used to be. Until they are not. Since the tragedy hit them like a storm, Max and Aggi’s father, who were best friends and co-owner in the family business, had a falling out and worse, were became enemies. Sandwiched between their parent’s own pit of rage, self-interest and endless finger pointing, Max and Aggi were forced to never speak to each other again.

    For the Franks, losing Kate has been extremely difficult. Aggi's father, who was consumed by pain and drunk in his own anger, all did was to blame everyone around him; her mother suffered from depression and entirely withdrawn herself from life. Too afraid to confront and deal with the truth while pushing away both her and Grace, Aggi's parents didn't realize that the family they once had was already falling apart until it was too late to notice.

    Whereas Max's parents, especially his father who was blinded by his pain and anger, also blamed others for Cal's death. Yet, they learned how to make peace with the truth. I understand that they wouldn't instantly forget what happened but,

    To Max and Aggi, losing both Cal and Kate was not only painful but also mentally excruciating because the guilt they carry chased them every time. The same guilt that drove a person to commit suicide like what Kate did.

    We cannot go through the loss on our own. Sometimes, we need someone who can help us sort our

    and pull ourselves back together.

    This is why I admire Henry's character for being that someone—a friend who is always there regardless of what he was personally going through. And even he Iives in an environment that only knew violence, I love how his character is hopeful and resilient, always wearing his heart on his sleeve. He actually stole some of the most incredible scenes within the story, and I hope the author will write a standalone story for him.

    That being said, it's clear how losing someone can turn us into a monster we don't realize or be that someone who's willing to fight their own monsters because they know it is the best thing to do. While even the possibility of almost another tragedy was the only way, some can pull themselves altogether and wake up in a nightmare they failed to fight and should have faced a long time ago,

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  • Jasprit

    Since We Last Spoke was a beautifully written book, Rufener captured the essence of the loss of a loved one through death and then this having impact on relationships and shattering family friendships in the process really well. Aggi and Max both lose their siblings in tragic ways around the same time, but instead of being there to support one another through the grief, both families end up lashing out and blaming each other for the tragedies. It’s clear as day that Max and Aggi need each other

    Since We Last Spoke was a beautifully written book, Rufener captured the essence of the loss of a loved one through death and then this having impact on relationships and shattering family friendships in the process really well. Aggi and Max both lose their siblings in tragic ways around the same time, but instead of being there to support one another through the grief, both families end up lashing out and blaming each other for the tragedies. It’s clear as day that Max and Aggi need each other right now, but with restraining orders in place, there’s not a lot that they can do. I really did feel for both Aggi and Max, because even though some time had passed, I could tell that they were both still suffering, they were a major part in each other’s lives, but now couldn’t even talk to each other? I did like how Rufener gave us the slow build-up of them both working their way back to each other, it was hard to try and trust each other once more, especially with your dad filling your head with things and threatening Max in the first place. But most of all I liked the secondary characters in Grace, Dr Nelson, Henry, and Ume, they really came through when Max and Aggi needed them the most and their parents weren’t there for them. However, one thing I didn’t like was the dramatics towards the end of the story, yes, I understood that Aggi’s parents were grieving in their own way, but the way they treated Aggi and Grace I didn’t appreciate at all. This issue aside, I did enjoy Since We Last Spoke overall.

  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)

    Maybe 3.5...

  • Hollis

    I really expected SINCE WE LAST SPOKE to knock me on my ass. A story of tragedy, almost ROMEO AND JULIET-ish, in the sense of warring families, combined with loss and betrayal and grief. And while those elements are present, they didn't make me love (or even like..) the story. I didn't lose myself in these awful circumstances, root for the protagonists -- reeling from so much and just trying to make each day work -- or rejoice for the healing at the end. Instead I suffered through the drama, and

    I really expected SINCE WE LAST SPOKE to knock me on my ass. A story of tragedy, almost ROMEO AND JULIET-ish, in the sense of warring families, combined with loss and betrayal and grief. And while those elements are present, they didn't make me love (or even like..) the story. I didn't lose myself in these awful circumstances, root for the protagonists -- reeling from so much and just trying to make each day work -- or rejoice for the healing at the end. Instead I suffered through the drama, and was annoyed and confused and, mostly, just wondered.. why. Why things were left to go on so long, why people weren't in counselling, why we had little bits of unrelated plot become part of the mix, why parents just handed off their child to another person, why why why.

    I'm sure this'll hit the feels of many readers. But not this one.

    ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  • C.G. Drews

    It's about unimaginable grief and loss…and how Aggi and Max are forced to never see each other again. Like not only did they lose their siblings in a horrific accident, they lose their friendship and romance while their parents blame each other.

    TW for suicide, but I appreciate how it never acted like suicide was a choice. It was a fatal symp

    It's about unimaginable grief and loss…and how Aggi and Max are forced to never see each other again. Like not only did they lose their siblings in a horrific accident, they lose their friendship and romance while their parents blame each other.

    TW for suicide, but I appreciate how it never acted like suicide was a choice. It was a fatal symptom and the book respected and grieved over that. And the whole book was just about finding your footing again after the iciness of falling forever while losing a sibling.

    It has precious friendships, loooots of pizza, and two teens who dare to fight for peace.

  • Christy

    Blog Tour + Giveaway (intl!): Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener

    explores grief, family dynamics, love that needs a reboot, and small town intricacies, all while growing up. Sounds right up my alley, right? I couldn't help but think of other books I've read this year with similar themes and how powerful they've been. Check out some of my fav 2019 releases to pick up when you're through with

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    Blog Tour + Giveaway (intl!): Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener

    explores grief, family dynamics, love that needs a reboot, and small town intricacies, all while growing up. Sounds right up my alley, right? I couldn't help but think of other books I've read this year with similar themes and how powerful they've been. Check out some of my fav 2019 releases to pick up when you're through with

    (and the book hangover). Plus, enter the international giveaway!

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