Musical theatre star Zoey went off the rails six months ago after her older brother died: bleached out her hair and adopted a skimpy wardrobe, took up partying and spent most of her time in a bottle or unconscious. But after a DUI close call, Zoey plans to get her old life back, including her ex—Prince Eric to her Princess Ariel—even though he’s now in a relationship with her best friend.
It’s the last week of summer and Zoey, Finn (the ex), Cass (the best friend), Luc (Finn’s infuriatingly attractive bad boy cousin) and Jolie (his vibrant younger sister) are setting out for emo musician GRAY’s concert in Melbourne. It’s the trip of a lifetime, to see an artist whose lyrics have been the only thing keeping her from the brink of total devastation, and Zoey is determined to put things to rights and be “normal” again. But she wasn’t counting on her friends’ lingering resentment, Luc’s disarming sincerity, and Jolie’s infectious love for life. Forced to finally deal with the pain of losing her sibling, Zoey fights to regain her voice, and reconcile the past with the promise of the future.
LAST DAYS OF US looks for belonging in loneliness, redemption in grief, and love in loss, finding courage in change and happiness in the present. RITA Award-nominated author of Fake and What I Saw, Beck Nicholas again speaks to teens with a lyrical beauty about the mistakes that shape but don’t define us.