Review: ‘The Last Time We Say Goodbye’ by Cynthia Hand

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Last Time We Say Goodbye’ by Cynthia HandThe Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Published by HarperTeen on February 10th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Mental Illness, Young Adult
Pages: 390
Format: eARC
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.

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We start off with Lex who is dealing with the death of her brother Tyler who committed suicide. She’s struggling to get her life back.. Before it happened. This is a journey that will test her and will reveal the truths to what happened on that fateful night. A story about loss, love and having the ability to move on from something that will forever change you.

Lex’s struggles and heartache and even hallucinations of Tyler were heart wrenching to read. I could easily slip into her mindset and stay there throughout the whole book. Though she’s different than others I have read because she loves mathematics. (I wished there were more characters with brainy girl characters TBH.) She’s super responsible paying her way for school and how her brain sees patterns and unlocks puzzles, I was fascinated. The logical part of her brain explains away her Tyler hallucinations but I couldn’t help but be a little freaked out myself because I could see everything so easily in my imagination. What really gutted me were the flashbacks of just her and Tyler. They’re so close and to have that happen to him and her not being able to relate.. It really hurt my heart.

Cynthia Hand does a wonderful job of creating these characters with such vivid back-story and personalities. It wouldn’t have been the same if we didn’t know the history and how they were. Her writing flows so well and the emotions that will be running high when you read about it? We’ll make sure to get a tissue handy. Last but not least, I’m never going to look at Post-Its the same way again.. This book ruined me for it.. *cries*


You’re keeping everything inside, and it’s not good for you.
They don’t understand yet. That they are all waiting for that one phone call that will change everything. That every one of them will feel like me eventually. Because someone they love will die. It’s one of life’s cruel certainties.
Because crazy people never wonder if they’re crazy.
Time passes. That’s the rule.
I’m not used to hope anymore.
Apparently I assumed the world revolved around me and my pain.
You just do whatever you feel like doing and to hell with the rest of us, right?
I can forgive you so much more easily than I can forgive myself.

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  1. The Cover Contessa

    December 8, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    I really enjoyed this book. Yes to the post-its for sure. Did you read her story at the back about her writing the book and why? Made me cry harder. One of my favorite books of 2015.
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    • giselle

      December 9, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Ohh no I had the e-ARC so there was no note..But I’ll check in-store for the story. Thanks for letting me know..I hope I don’t tear 🙁

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