The Last Time We Say Goodbye Review

ltwsgTitle: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 10, 2015 

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

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 expected this book to be the typical I’ve-lost-someone-close-to-me-and-now-I’m-wrecked kind of book. In a way it was. Lexie has lost her brother and is struggling to come to grips with it, but in other ways it was more than that. This book was learning about how to let go of childhood, and of the expectations you had for your life. Understanding that life is going to come at you and change things up even when you think you’ve planned for every contingency.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye was heartbreaking, but it was so good at the same time. It definitely didn’t feel the same as other books with the same subject matter. Alot of those come across as whiny, and like I should give these kids a free pass because of tragedy. I liked this book because it was about Lexie realizing that everyone has tragedy, and their own sad story. You can’t stop living life just because something impacts your life in a negative way. I liked that message, and it was well-written in this novel.
I’ve come to realize that Cynthia Hand is just an exceptional writer, I loved the Unearthly series, and I loved this book. They are very very different, do not go into The Last Time We Say Goodbye expecting fantasy/paranormal. It just isn’t like that at all, this was a very contemporary read, and it didn’t feel like YA or Teen book. I feel the lessons that Lexie learns in this book can also benefit those of an older age. Grief and pain are not only companions of the very young, they impact all of us and this book shows that it’s okay to deal with them.
This book really touched my heart, and I’m very grateful that I read it. It was hard to read, and many times I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish because it was all SO SAD. I’m glad I did, and I’m glad we got to see Lexie and her family move forward with their lives. It was as realistic as I think it could be, and I give it a full 5 out of 5 stars.



**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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