The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia HandAuthor: Cynthia Hand
Published: February 10th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Contemporary, Social Issue, Young Adult
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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.


You know, I spent a good amount of time on staring at the screen, with blank page in front of me ready to be filled with my opinion of the latest book I read. Yes, I read a book after months of not doing so. It was both weird and refreshing that alas, I’m actually typing a review again.

But wait, are you supposed to talk about the book and not spouting your melodrama. Ah, yes, the book that I actually finished (took me 4 days though). This book is Cynthia Hand’s latest offer; a book called The Last Time We Say Goodbye.

When I started reading it I asked myself: am I really gonna read such a depressing book as my first salvo for 2015 (and hopefully aid me to rid of this horrendous slump)? I doubted at first because usually I’m not huge fan of this kind of book. Most often than not they feel manufactured, inorganic like I’m expected to cry, to get emotional because the book was all about that. But some like this one just plainly tell a story of a girl who lost her loved one and how she coped with it.

I didn’t cry. I wasn’t emotional as well but I did get Alexis, the pain, the grieving, accepting then moving on. Learning more about Tyler and who he really was for Alexis, it is reasonable how it weighed Alexis down by losing him. It’s not just about Alexis and her grieving but also about her brother. Alexis also knew about Tyler, his friend, even his relationship with this girl. Truth to be told, Tyler was already emotionally unstable even then and she had witnessed/experienced it. And she really helped, very eagerly so.

I was also surprised it wasn’t as heavy as thought it’d be. No, I’m not saying it was shallow. In fact I actually like that there still something in it that was light, something positive which I look forward to develop in this this type of book. Because when it comes to stories like this, I always aim for the silver lining. And silver lining did I want for Alexis. I want something good to finally happen to her, to her family. I was waiting for that acceptance and forgiveness which I think did happen for her, and her love ones.

And the last bits on the end were really touching. You know, being able to know how it is to lose someone dearly; we sometimes forget the good parts and fixated on wallowing on the bad ones. But I’m glad in the end as part of her accepting and moving on she remembered those times as well. And finally bid her last goodbye. It was really a good story.

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote:Time passes. That’s the rule. No matter what happens, no matter how much it might feel like everything in your life has frozen around one particular moment, time marches on. ”