Last Stop from Innocence


A nostalgic tale of first love, first loss, and the budding womanhood of a black girl in the 90s.

Tragedy flips Amore Brown’s world on its axis before she heads off to college. Having to sit tight for the summer, she chooses Jersey City, New Jersey – the home of her estranged father - to pass time. Here in urban grit, a stark contrast from the comfort of the suburbia, she reconnects with a long-lost cousin for some final months of summer excursions, enrooting, and evolving. But it could never be so simple - even if it were all so simple then.

Girls just want to have fun transforms into a kindling of summer romance tucked into the crust of good times, tribulations, close calls, and one hot summer in Jersey. Amore meets THE guy, finds solace for fresh wounds, and battles the thorny relationship with her father; all while learning heartache has no limits.
But how much will Amore have to lose to find herself? On the road to the woman she’s becoming and removed from the girl she is no more; one stop changes her path forever.

My Review

You guys, this is one book that you need to read or in my case listen to. The narrator, Shayna Small did a wonderful job of narrating this book.

I was instantly transported back to the 90's. I experienced love, heartache, good times and bad times, laughter, and growth...all while listening to this book. Last Stop from Innocence by Takerra Allen is a recommended read and in my top 3 favorites for 2021!

The connection I formed with Amore, Gabe, and her cousin, Tammy was strong. While, the story may have mainly been about Amore; Tammy was a nice surprise. The things she would say had me laughing. She is the best friend you never knew you needed. The ending made my heart happy. I look forward to reading more books by this author. 


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