The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

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Goodreads Rating: 4.08 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publishing Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary (Goodreads):

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 Review:

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If you’re going to read this book, you better grab a box of tissues. I shed some tears and my emotions are all over it. It’s such a beautiful, captivating and heartbreaking story. I’m instantly hooked with it.

Lexie’s younger brother, Tyler, took his own life. His untimely death hit her so hard and had a difficult time of moving on. She was depressed, shuts out everyone around her, and there are times she feels and sees Ty’s presence. She starts seeing a therapist and encouraged her to write journal entries wherein she shared about Ty and all his moments. My heart breaks over it. Lexie’s emotions and love for her brother felt so raw and real. Despite of committing a selfish act. She couldn’t forget the night he died. If she could turned back the time, could it change his fate?

As the story progressed, she slowly opens up to those people who mattered to her. She copes after what happened and reconnects with her friends and family. I actually love her friends for their patience and understanding about Lexie. As well as her boyfriend, Steven. He’s just adorable.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. What an emotional ride. Cynthia Hand’s writing style is definitely a thumbs up.

 B

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