Parents' Guide to

The Last True Love Story

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Offbeat road trip tale shreds barriers of age, background.

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This is a heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of two teens and a grandfather with Alzheimer's who find friendship, first love, and a long-hidden truth on a cross-country road trip. Hendrix (the sweet but slightly nerdy boy) and Corrina (the brown girl adopted by white ex-hippie parents) could easily have been reduced to YA clichés, but their relationships with Gpa and his unique challenges let them evolve into deeply sympathetic and inspiring characters. Author Brendan Kiely's use of music as a bridge across the generations adds an unexpected dimension to the story, and readers are certain to have songs playing in their heads as they read.

Mixing teens and Alzheimer's could be an off-putting storyline to many young readers, but ultimately The Last True Love Story is a rollicking adventure in which an unlikely trio tears down the walls that too often separate people because of age or background.

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