I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
on February 10, 2015
Also by this author: Boundless
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.
The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.
Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.
As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.
From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.
I had no doubt that The Last Time We Say Goodbye was going to be incredible. Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series is one of my favorites. This new book was quite the departure from her supernatural series, since this one is straight up contemporary. It’s just as gorgeously written.
I won’t beat around the bush, this book is heartbreaking. Just when you think it can’t break your heart any more it does. Somehow I never found it depressing, though. The story is a sad tale of suicide and the blame and questions that are left afterward. I think it was a very honest look at grief and family dynamics after a death.
Lex was just a really great main character. She had done something that she felt was unforgivable. She’s shut everyone out and basically going through the motions, but she was utterly likable. My heart broke with hers so many times. I loved going on the journey to self forgiveness with her.
I’ve made it pretty clear that The Last Time We Say Goodbye is sad, right? Because it is, but please don’t shy away because of that! I honestly had no idea how the book was going to end but I can think of a more perfect ending. It was uplifting and hopeful but not in a tidy, fake way. I’m so happy how things ended for all the characters.
Cynthia Hand was already on my auto-read list but The Last Time We Say Goodbye just solidified that. It’s an incredible book. I can’t recommend it enough.