Nick Toussaint Jr. pretty much always kept to himself. Nick did his job,
tried to take care of his mother, and just wanted to be left alone. That is
until he met Emily Portis. Everything changed the day he met her. All
Nick could do think about is Emily. Until one night when everything
changed, and not for the better.
Nick crashes into a billboard, and the police find two bodies in the bed
of his truck. Nick is arrested for the murder of the two victims. The first
detective on the case, Martin, has a weird feeling about this so-called
confession. Martin is on his last day of work before his retirement, and
something about this case is really weighing on his mind. Martin
decides that he is going to do what he can to get Nick out of this
Martin talks to Nick's lawyer to work together to find out the truth
behind the car crash and the murders. The more that they talk to Nick,
the more they find holes in his story. Martin talks to Nick's alcoholic
mother and to his girlfriend Emily, but neither can tell him anything
concrete. Martin knows that he must dig farther if he is ever going to
get Nick out of jail. Could Nick be the last kid left?
THE LAST KID LEFT by Rosecrans
Baldwin is a really interesting book. The only problem I had is this book
is hard to get into to for me. I did keep trying as I was sure I could get
into it and the story was very intriguing. There were a lot of characters
to keep straight, but once I got into the book, it was very enjoyable.
Baldwin made me feel sorry for Nick; the poor kid really did get left
behind. However, Martin does try to help Nick as best as he can.
Baldwin also brings up in a truly great way how some kids have a really
rough life and have to overcome many obstacles to survive.
The Last Kid Left begins when a car smashes into a
sculpture of a giant cowgirl. The police find two bodies
in the trunk. 19-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. is arrested
for murder, and after details of the crime rip across the
internet, his 16-year-old girlfriend, Emily Portis―a
sheltered teen who’s been off the grid until now, her
first romance coinciding with her first cellphone―is
nearly consumed by a public hungry for every lurid
detail, accurate or not.
Emily and Nick are not the only ones whose lives come
unmoored. A retired police officer latches onto the case.
Nick’s alcoholic mother is thrust into an unfamiliar
role. A young journalist who left her hometown behind is
pulled into the fray. And Emily’s father, the town
Sheriff, is finally forced to confront a monstrous
The Last Kid Left is a bold, searching novel about how
our relationships operate in a hyper-connected world, an
expertly-portrayed account of tragedy turned mercilessly
into entertainment. And it’s the suspenseful unwinding of
a crime that’s more complex than it initially seems. But
mostly it’s the story of two teenagers, dismantled by
circumstances and rotten luck, who are desperate to
believe that love is enough to save them.