The point of living is learning how to love.

That’s 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 doesn’t actually suck. Okay, so: love. Sure.

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

And Hendrix, he’s 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 he’s fading fast from Alzheimer’s. Looking for any way to help the man who raised him, Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promise—that he’ll 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, Gpa’s doctors, and the police all hot on their heels, Hendrix and Corrina set off to discover for themselves if what Gpa says is true—that the only stories that last are love stories.

 

 

ADVANCE PRAISE for The Last True Love Story

Brendan Kiely’s writing soars off the page, ultimately landing someplace between
heartwarming and heart-aching (but defi nitely somewhere in the heart). Here is a
book about music, friendship, fi rst and fi nal loves, and all the blue notes in between. Indeed, The Last True Love Story may be exactly that.
— —DAVID ARNOLD, bestselling author of Mosquitoland
As cool as it is tender, this poignant story about the power of love thrums with classic rock and aches with honesty. I was so moved by Hendrix’s journey and, as a brown girl who loves music, I was completely invested in Corrina—one of my new favorite characters in all of YA. Authentic and beautifully written, The Last True Love Story will truly capture your heart.
— JASMINE WARGA, author of My Heart And Other Black Holes
A beautiful, searing journey into the American heartland. This book, like an epic road trip, is full of difficult truths, great music, and deeply human companions.
— DANIEL JOSÉ OLDER, award-winning author of Shadowshaper and the Bone Street Rumba series
Genuine, thoughtful, and heartbreaking, The Last True Love Story is the kind of book that kickstarts an awakening in your soul and will resonate with readers for years to come.
— JULIE MURPHY, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary
Some authors write with their hearts first and their heads second. Some the other way around. But Brendan Kiely manages, as always, to strike a skillful and delicate balance between deep, intellectual coming-of-age and poetic, emotional drama. The Last True Love Story stands in a league of its own both in regards to the way it portrays its teenage protagonists and the way it tells the very personal, tragic story of Alzheimer’s. If the point of living is learning how to love, to quote Gpa, then I think we should all start by reading Mr. Kiely’s beautiful novel.
— JOHN COREY WHALEY, Printz and Morris winner, National Book Award fi nalist, and author of Highly Illogical Behavior
The Last True Love Story is a tender multigenerational story that’s as much
about the meaning of family as it is about falling in love. There’s plenty of
delightful adventure, but what I loved most about this book is its respect
for moments that can be both quiet and life changing at once.
— AVA DELLAIRA, author of Love Letters to the Dead