The Last Time We Say Goodbye, by Cynthia Hand | Book Review #244

Book Review

17285330There’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.

Trigger Warning: Suicide, Gun Violence.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a realistic fiction novel told around Lex’s brothers death. There’s also multiple mentioning’s of Lex’s brothers death. If these are triggers for you, then I suggest that you don’t read this book.

We read this book through Lex’s point of view. However, this view is split into two parts: the present day Lex, and the Lex we see through her journal. I actually really liked the parallels of both present day and of Lex in her journal. I enjoyed how honest Lex could be in her journal. — I’m actually really glad that I got to see Lex work through her stages of grief.

I’m pretty sure that we find out right from the beginning of the book that her brother had killed himself. We just don’t find out how until nearing the end of the book. And we never really find out why; even though Tyler did leave a note.

I ended up giving The Last Time We Say Goodbye, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads. While I didn’t entirely enjoy readin this book per se, I do now have a fondness for it. And the ending made me cry; so that’s a thing.

Have you read The Last Time We Say Goodbye? What’re your thoughts on it? 

Happy Reading!

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