I loved every second of this book! Avery is smart and kind and I adored watching her figure out who she is outside of being the football star’s little sister. Jack is absolutely the kind of boy I would have fallen for, deeper than he seems, funny, charming, and their romance made me all squishy inside. ? The characters were all lovely with their own secrets and growth arcs and I really enjoyed getting to know every one of them. What a delightful, moving, sweet story that I highly recommend to anyone. – Amazon Review
WHAT LIES BENEATH
In our family, my brother Whit is the star. Mostly, I exist as a supporting character in his exciting story.
This might sound sad, but it’s really not. Anybody who’s lived around a leading man like Whit knows being a wallflower requires a whole lot less pressure.
I’m genuinely happy living in the shade of Whit’s bright light. It’s where I’m most comfortable.
When Avery Walker’s life takes a tragic turn, she enlists the help of the brooding bad-boy of Black Mountain, and the only person Avery has ever kissed: Jack Crawley.
Jack agrees to help her untangle her brother’s messy web. As they search out clues, they bond over Whit’s mysterious past and start to create a love story of their own.
But life holds unexpected twists and turns, and as Avery and Jack face the truth of Whit’s past, they confront their future, and choose to hold tight with both hands.
Book Review from Reader’s Favorite:
The Last Text You Sent by Elise Fender is a dramatic young adult romance that tells the story of one teenager’s struggles to cope with the loss of her brother. Whit was the Nashville football star who held Avery’s family together. When he unexpectedly passes away after a head injury, her home life just isn’t the same. Avery recovers his cell phone only to discover texts to show that Whit was keeping secrets — namely, a secret lover at the family vacation home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She spends all of the winter break looking for clues to figure out who this mystery person is. She makes no progress, but she reconnects with Jack, the first boy she ever kissed. From separate states, the two of them continue to hunt for the person who stole Whit’s heart, while Avery tries to put her life and her family back together.
Right from the beginning, The Last Text You Sent had me hooked into Avery’s world, with unexpected twists and turns that were both beautiful and emotional. Elise Fender wonderfully portrays Avery with so many relatable emotions aside from just losing a sibling — alienation at school and at home, survivor’s guilt, and even guilt at finding her own happiness in the midst of her grief. I couldn’t have asked for a more well-developed character nor a more smoothly woven-together storyline. The family relationships are just as beautiful as the innocently blossoming romance between Avery and Jack. I highly recommend The Last Text You Sent to fans of young adult books, and I will definitely be reading this one again. – Amy Powers
About the Author
Elise Fender lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and three small children. She studied journalism at the University of Miami (FL), and earned her masters of education from Harvard University.