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. ”


12 Responses to The Last Time We Say Goodbye

  1. I’ve not heard of this book before, but it certainly sounds like it could be an interesting read. I may have to give it a chance if I see it to buy. I am always a bit wary of books that sound like they are going to tug at my heartstrings because if they are done badly then it will be awful. I’m glad there is a silver lining to it, though. I’ll have to give it a chance.

    Great review, hopefully this book will have helped you find your way out of your slump, I know there is nothing worse, especially when it drags.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Me, too that’s why I was reluctant even though it’s from an author I really have great experience with. It was emotional for me, but did as you said it, tug a few strings. 😀

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one, Mitchii! I’ve yet to read anything by Cynthia Hand but really want to check out this contemporary of hers. I’m glad to hear that the grief was palpable and that the story was touching! I’ll have to give this one a read sometime. 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    Yay for a review! Currently trying to type up one for The 5th Wave too, but it’s taking forever. You’re all good, Mitchii. 🙂 I haven’t read anything by Cynthia Hand before, but I think a lot of people liked her Unearthly series, if I’m not mistaken, so I’m glad that you found this one enjoyable, too!

    I don’t mind books being on the less emotional side (I mean, I don’t need to cry in order to really, really like it), but it’s a must for the characters to be relatable emotionally. And yeah, I did expect this to be a heavy emotional read! So it’s surprising too that it was a little lighter. Too much darkness can make a book sound too emo, though. xD

    Not sure if I’ll read this, but hopefully it helped to lift your book slump, even a little bit! Awesome review, Mitchii. 🙂

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m so thankful for this one because I finished it! It was emotional but not too heavy. It think it was just right amount of drama for me.

  4. I felt like you when I wrote a new review for the first time in months this past week. It was strange to just jump back into it.

    I’ve never read anything by this author, although her books seem a bit popular and I own a copy of one of her books. This seems like my kind of book (I like the sad, drama kind) so I might pick this up in the future. Great review 🙂

  5. I have seen the cover for this book a few times, but I’ve never actually looked into what it is about. it actually sounds pretty interesting, and I’m surprised that it is not as depressing as it might lead you to think. Sometimes a book that is too dark can be unenjoyable.

    I haven’t read Cynthia Hand, but I have heard pretty good things about her paranormal series, so maybe I should give this one a go.

    I’m glad you were able to read this (and write a review!), and I hope it’s helped you with your reading slump, Mitchii! <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Unearthly is really good (just let’s don’t talk about the ending) 😛 It is also planning to review another one! eeeeep!

  6. I read Unearthly awhile back but I never finished the series. I think it’s time for me to finish that off and then move on to this one!

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