The Last Train Home by Megan Nugen Isbell

lastTrainRating: 4****

Published: October 20th 2013


Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

17-year-old Riley Regas has spent her entire life in Boston, so when she learns she’ll be picking up and moving to her mother’s childhood home of Carver, Kansas, she is less than thrilled. In fact, she is downright furious. Riley’s only visited Carver a handful of times. She barely knows her family that lives there and she has no desire to spend her senior year among the backward, simpleminded residents of Carver. 

Just when Riley thinks she might be happy in Carver, a single decision changes it all, leaving her to find out who she really is and who matters most in her life before she loses everything. 


I enjoyed this book a lot because it created this perfect atmosphere, although, with my grown up mind I disagreed to main character’s, Railey’s point of view, the story itself had this ability to swallow, me, a reader into the story, face the culmination and feel all the crappy emotions one can have.

So what this is about? You will be reading the life of last year in High School, what’s more, Riley starts her studies is a new school, in a small town where everyone spots she is the newbie there and a love triangle.

Riley is lucky to find on her first day other high school students who are very welcoming and will become her friends later on, she also faces her own comparisament to almost anything – her previous life in Boston and now in Kansas, how everything is small town behavior, how ridiculous seem to be the pass times, and how much she miss Boston and is angry to her mum for dragging her here with her. She knows she will be here for the only one year – next year she will be in College and off to Boston back again.

Last Train Home also sweeps you in a story where a girl easily makes friends, and easily starts a relationship with Alex and friendship with Jesse, who secretly has a crush on her, but she does not see it at all. So the year continues, her anger towards mum stays the same, until everything crushes after the Homecoming and she runs away.

The Last Train Home is the first book in the set of series, thankfully this book solves everything and there is no cliff endings which I hate so much. The book was interesting read in a rainy summer day, be it winter break or weekend, I think it is more focused for teens rather than adults, but I did enjoy the read. Riley also finds answers to questions that has bugged her for a while and without knowing the background she has jumped into conclusions. She eventually grows up facing real troubles of an adult and values decisions made. Here I am trying to avoid spoilers! 🙂

BTW, I spot the cover being used on another novel, by completely different author and publisher, it might be one of the places where one is copy pasting the cover for their work, it might be available online, but so, do check out which book you are seeing in the stores. The Last Train home was published on 2013, so I will believe it holds the original photo…

What are your latest YA, teen novels read?

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