Publisher: Harper Teen
Hardcover: 400 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I wasn’t too interested in Cynthia Hand’s other works, but when I read the summary for The Last Time we Say Goodbye I knew I had to read it because there’s no angel and demon elements (Hooray!). And so this was my first Cynthia Hand book, which I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I like the book for its nerdiness (I’m terrible at math, but I wouldn’t mind being in Lex’s calculus class…it sounds fun.) Lex is smart. She tries hard to take care of her little brother Ty and tries to make him happy, but during all this she doesn’t accept or understand why he’d commit suicide. But, then again, even though some people may appear to be happy and well adjusted they could be hiding a well disguised facade.
I loved Lex’s journal entries. They were poignant and I loved readig how close the siblings were. The flashbacks towards the end made me bawl. Even though Lex pushed her friends away because of the tragedy I liked that they didn’t give up on her. I also liked that she gained back a friendship in Sadie despite her notorious attitude.
While Lex is down herself, she pushes herself to and those around her back up. She doesn’t let her mom waste her life away or Damien follow his friend’s footstep towards death. I couldn’t really relate to Lex, but it was interesting to see how she pushes herself back on her feet.