When he approaches her at the market, he has no idea the next three weeks of his life would change him forever.
It’s the late 1980s, summertime, on the North Shore of Long Island. The air stirs with possibilities as it often does during this time of year. And so begins the romance between one Hispanic seventeen-year-old male, on the verge of manhood and ready to conquer the world, and one beautiful and intelligent young woman named B.
It is much more than romance, though. B will forever become a part of this young man’s soul. He will never forget her.
This is a coming-of-age story, a love story, replete with milestones, tangled emotions, and adventures that are the embodiments of first love. Not just for the young, but for the young at heart.
** WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING **
“A romance that begins in the heat of a Long Island summer bares two young souls to new love, intimacy, and tragedy. Highly recommended!” – Lawrence Kelter, bestselling author of BACK TO BROOKLYN, the sequel to My Cousin Vinny
“Raw, real, and packed with heartfelt emotion, Last Exit to Montauk is a sentimental love story of a whirlwind romance that stands the test of time, spinning the perfect tale of the challenges and awkwardness of love at first sight. One minute you’ll laugh, the next you’ll reach for a tissue. Full of twists and turns, the unforeseen twist at the end wrenches your heart, leaving you breathless, and reminding us all just how precious life truly is. We all have but one life. The magic is found in living it.” – Cheryl Bradshaw, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sloane Monroe mysteries
“Vega’s account of first love is so authentic it’s hard to believe he wasn’t seventeen when he wrote it. Last Exit to Montauk will have you reminiscing about summers as a teenager and all the foibles and joys of those times. With references to the 1980s that ground you and an ending that doesn’t pull any emotional punches, this books keeps you turning the pages.” – Elena Stowell, author of Flowing with the Go and co-founder of the Carly Stowell Foundation (www.carlystowellfoundation.countmein.com)
“I loved the book and cried at the end. It was a wonderful heartwarming tale of an adolescent boy and his heart. I loved the characters and could relate, as I am a fellow Long Islander. The references to the 1980s are great.” – Nancy O’Hara, early reviewer
“It brought back some great memories of high school. I felt very ‘seventeen,’ which was a fun way to feel during the week of my fiftieth birthday. I can’t even guess how many times I literally laughed out loud. I was expecting a great book and was definitely not disappointed.” – Karen Nelson, early reviewer
“I loved the ’80s memories of Friendly’s fribbles, Spencer’s Gifts, the music, movies, etc. I have lots of family in Long Island and grew up going there all my life, and I feel like he nailed the Long Island ’80s vibe of malls and beach days. The book has great nostalgia for me, especially given the world we live in today with constant social media and everyone on their phones. It was a great escape!” – Danielle Boniauto, early reviewer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book made me cry - in a good way - which hasn't happened in a long time. It's a beautiful story about two seventeen-year-olds who attend the same school but didn't really know each other until they met in a store during the summer. The author takes the reader on a journey as their friendship develops over a fun-filled summer and eventually blossoms into an all-consuming love. The characters are all so well developed and memorable I felt like I really knew them - they certainly became my friends – and I missed them when I finished the book. Aside from a tender romance, you’ll find adventure, humor, jealousy, tragedy, and hope in this poignant coming-of-age love story that will touch your heart . . . and the raw emotion is sure to leave you a changed person.
Last Exit to Montauk is a romance fiction. It’s about two people who meet and how their relationship affects each other. The love story is set in the long island during the 1980’s. With that, comes everything we used to love from the 80’s and the author does a splendid job reminding us of it. The two love characters in particular B, was drawn beautifully. Her personality, demeanor, and touch was created in such a delicate and loveable way. The author portrayed an authentic approach to love and connection between two beings rather than taking the Hollywood, “all is well” attitude. For that reason, the book became special and made it worth reading. What I most admired and enjoyed reading about this book was the feelings it provoked within me about love and how a true love story should make you feel. It reminds you of your first love and everything you felt back then. The literature is well written, and the work is nicely edited. There is a soft pace to the story, and the lyrical descriptive nature of the book is very appealing. I recommend this book to all romance readers.
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Last Exit to Montauk by Phillip Vega is a mixture of coming-of-age and romance with a strong setting and memorable characters; it is the story that will remind readers of their first love and it is wonderfully told. With a newly bought car from his “Ma” and summer camp over, the seventeen-year-old Hispanic boy could have a lot of fun. Yes, he feels like he could conquer the world. Along the North Shore of Long Island, a dramatic encounter with B, a very popular girl in school, will set him on the romantic ride of a lifetime. Read on to discover the sensations, the turmoil that goes on in a young man’s heart when he first falls in love. But how long can this romance last? The story is told in the first person narrative, in a language that beautifully captures the youthful spirit of the protagonist and a setting that is colorful and well-developed. Set in Long Island in the 1980s, the story is told in an absorbing style, with beautiful prose and engaging dialogues. Some of the descriptions are terrific. For instance, the narrator describes B in the following words: “She smelled like summer, sunshine, and citrus.” The powerful use of imagery and the descriptive prose allow the reader to get the perfect idea of what takes place in the story. Here is another beautiful example that communicates how smitten the young man feels when he meets B: “There she was — the catalyst for my memory. I hadn't thought about her in years, but there she stood. It was her honey-colored hair and the way it flowed down past her shoulders that first caught my attention.” Last Exit to Montauk is a story that will delight young adult readers and those who still recall the magic of their first love. Phillip Vega’s characters are memorable and the story is as exciting as it is entertaining.