The Last Summer Blog Tour is officially underway, and today, we’ve got more about the book by our very own Cait Marie, as well as an exclusive excerpt and GIVEAWAY information!!
For the first eleven years of their lives, neighbors Lila and Gavin were inseparable best friends. They did everything together.
Until they didn’t.
Every detail of Lila’s life has been meticulously planned out since she was a child. To the point where she forgot one vital thing: to live. When she receives news that drastically alters the path of her future, she realizes she has one last chance to create memories and make the most of her summer.
Gavin, on the other hand, is known for his carefree attitude. He has lived a charmed life for almost eighteen years. He’s never short on friends or a good time, he has a supportive family, and he’s all set to go off to college and follow his dreams. The one thing he doesn’t have is the girl.
He doesn’t know why Lila pushed him away all those years ago, but when Gavin finds her summer bucket list, he’s determined to help his goody-two-shoes neighbor cross off every item and hopefully mend their friendship in the process. Even if that’s not all he wants from her.
He just hopes it’s not too late.
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“Stop touching it.” Gavin laughed from where he sat on the edge of Lila’s bed.
She stuck her tongue out at him in the mirror. A dream is a wish your heart makes was a permanent part of her for the rest of her life. Her fingers trailed along the redness surrounding the tattoo. She glanced up to find him watching her with that look of longing she caught a glimpse of in the shop.
Clearing her throat caught his attention. She laughed as he tried to look away nonchalantly. Before she could do anything, recognition filled his eyes as he read the papers on her bedside table. Like the flip of a switch, the atmosphere changed.
“What is this, Weston?” Gavin asked, holding up a packet of stapled papers.
She didn’t have to look closer to know it was her online course information for the fall. Printing it out made her feel better about her decision—like she was still going to college like everyone else.
Pulling the bottom of her shirt back down, she moved to lean against her desk. “My class information.”
“Yes, I can read.” He sighed and sat it back on her table before standing. “I mean why are you taking online courses through some random school in another state?”
She didn’t say anything. She couldn’t meet his gaze.
“Lila.” His soft tone made her look up. Genuine concern filled his eyes. “What about Bennu?”
“I’m not going.”
“Why not?” He moved to stand beside her in front of the open window. The warm sun did nothing to dispel the chill she felt, and she crossed her arms over her chest.
“Because I’m not.”
“That’s not an answer.” When she shrugged, he continued, “Lila, I’ve known you for almost eighteen years. You’ve wanted to study music at Bennu since you were four.”
She pushed away from the desk to put some distance between them. “You don’t know me anymore, Gavin. You haven’t known me for a long time.”
He raised his hands out to the side and yelled, “And whose fault is that?”
“You’ve done nothing but torment me since we were eleven.”
“Because you shut me out!”
They had moved closer to one another in their shouting. He stood only a few inches away, looking down at her. That close, she could see the specks of green in his eyes. She swallowed past the lump in her throat. “You seriously don’t remember?”
The volume of their voices had drastically lowered. She slowly shook her head and took a step back.
“Why aren’t you going to Bennu?” he repeated.
“Music is no longer the plan.”
“Is this about money? Did you not get in?”
She sighed. “I didn’t apply.”
“What? Why? Until last week, you meticulously planned every minute of your life. Bennu—music—was always the plan.”
“Yeah, well, things happen.” She wanted the conversation to end. The decision was difficult enough without him drilling her about it. “Plans change.”
“Not yours.” He turned and walked to the door.
“Where are you going? I thought we were checking another thing off the list.”
Gavin paused with a hand on the doorknob. “You know, Lila, we may not have gotten along the past seven years, but we never lied to each other.”
Before she could say a word, he was gone. As his footsteps sounded on the stairs, she finally let the tears fall.
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