Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Blurb (From 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.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Last Time We Say Goodbye(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Lexi is a maths genius and is looking forward to going to MIT. She’s also dealing with her younger brother’s suicide though, and is trying to learn to live without him.
What caused Ty to commit suicide? And was anyone else to blame?

This was an emotional story about a girl dealing with her grief after her brother’s death.

I felt really sorry for Lexi, it was obvious how much her brother had meant to her, and how affected she was by his death. I totally got how difficult it was for her to speak about what had happened or how she felt about what had happened, and how losing her brother had affected the decisions she made.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and basically dealt with Lexi trying to work through the events leading up to Ty’s death, and thinking about how things could have been different, as well as learning to cope with her expectations of the future, and her mom’s fragile emotional state. She slowly took steps to try and rectify a few things that meant something to her, and tried to stop blaming people for something that they had no control over.

The ending to this was quite sad, and explained why Lexi had felt partly to blame over her brother’s death. It really was sad that Ty had felt the need to take his own life, and hadn’t considered how this would affect his love ones once he was gone.
Overall; emotional story about grief,
7 out of 10.


  1. Nice review. I liked Hand's Unearthly Series so I expect this to be pretty good too. :)

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    Danna @ A Reading Habit

  3. Suicide is a tragic thing and a tough subject to write about. Thanks for sharing Sarah.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. I thought this book was very well done. I loved watching Lexi grow throughout. Seeing her go through the phases of the grieving process was heart wrenching and sad. And I like that at the end there was hope.