Book Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye


The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Cynthia Hand

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

So, honestly, if this book weren’t written by one of my favorite authors, it’s not one I probably would have picked to be so high on my “to-read” list.  Suicide isn’t a feel-good subject, or one that I’d usually choose to read about.  But it’s a Cynthia Hand stand-alone novel.  I had to read it.

This was a poignant, well-written book on a difficult topic.  It deals with all the emotions of the “aftermath” of a suicide tragedy.  Not the immediate aftermath, but of all the months after.  The “moving on” time.  The guilt that comes from wondering “what if”.  The trying to figure it out.  The effect it has on all your existing relationships.  All. the. feels.  It was so good.  I devoted an entire afternoon to reading it and couldn’t stop until I was done.

The only complaint I had was that it did use some strong language in places.  It wasn’t excessive, and it was true-to-life, so as an adult reader, I could accept it, but as you know if you’ve read any of my reviews in the past, I’m just not a fan.  I still loved the book, though.


Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers?  Absolutely
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter?  On the fence.  It deals with really hard subject matter.


4.5 of 5 stars


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