Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye
By: Cynthia Hand
Released: February 10, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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. (Goodreads)


I loved The Last Time We Say Goodbye. This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a very long time.
 
The Last Time We Say Goodbye is the story of Lex whose brother Tyler killed himself. Lex is trying to move forward with her life again, but she is still keeping a secret about the night her brother killed himself.

Lex was a well developed and realistic protagonist. She has pushed away her friends and is just trying to keep going. She is handling grief in her own way, just like her parents are doing the same. I loved the way that Lex's memories were incorporated into the story. The relationship between Lex and Ty was developed so well that it just made me even more emotionally connected to this story and these characters.

Hand's writing was stunning. This story really showed the different effects that suicide has on the family and friends. Lex's emotions came across the page so clearly and so strongly. It brought me to tears several times.

Overall I loved The Last Time We Say Goodbye. It has been days later and I still can't stop thinking about this story and these characters. I strongly recommend picking up this book. It is an emotional story that will stay with you.      

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