One Last Word is a compelling contemporary romance

Suzanne Park will hook you up quick and you'll be hanging on One Last Word.
One Last Word by Suzanne Park. Image Credit to Avon Books.
One Last Word by Suzanne Park. Image Credit to Avon Books. /

Sometimes, you discover authors who seem like they can do it all and that’s exactly how I felt picking up One Last World by Suzanne Park. 

Even though this was my first read from Park, I’ve been hearing about her for years. She’s only been publishing since 2020 yet Park already has a healthy backlist and has written both YA and adult titles. 

Of all her titles, One Last Word appeals to me for a few reasons. First, was the cover because how could you look at that cover and not want to pick it up? Second, the pitch I was sent said this was for “Tech Barbies” and although that is not me, I cannot say something with Barbie in the pitch so here we are. 

With that being said, I’d like to thank Avon for sending me an ARC to read early as I ended up devouring this one in two sittings. 

One Last Word is a contemporary story with romance, a woman in STEM, and more. 

Let me start by saying that sometimes I don’t always read the synopsis before starting a book as I like to know nothing. For One Last Word, I truly felt like one of the characters as we’re following Sara who created “One Last Word” which is an app used to send out your “last words.” Essentially, it’s a way for people who died to say what they feel after they’re gone.

The story begins with Sara getting fired from her job after pitching the idea and quitting so she ends up moving in with her sister and the two end up writing out messages. Of course, they somehow get sent out via a glitch. From there, Sara has to deal with the aftermath of sending things to her former crush, best friend, and parents all while explaining she isn’t actually dead. 

Despite its short length, One Last Word isn’t afraid to tackle some hard topics as Sara has to deal with her overbearing parents, the tech industry not taking her seriously, and trying to figure out if she should pursue a relationship or give up on her fantasy. It’s a lot to take in and there are so many twists and turns throughout the entire story. 

Regardless, One Last Word gripped me and I couldn’t put it down. Seeing how Sara dealt with everything was admirable and I especially loved the “twist.” While I don’t want to give away too much, I think this story will appeal to many and it definitely won’t be my last Suzanne Park. I can also see this being a solid beach read so if you’re planning a trip, bring along One Last Word

One Last Word by Suzanne Park is out now where books are sold.

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