Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

17285330Publisher: Harper Teen
Hardcover: 400 pages
Source: Library
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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.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand”

  1. Unearthly at one point was a book that kept on popping up on my dash, but I never got around to reading it despite the huge buzz. Glad that this one was really good though! It sounds kinda sad so I’m a little wary of going into but I’ll definitely pick it up 🙂 Great review!

    1. Yeah I heard so many good things about the Unearthly series and because of this I feel kind of pressure into reading it even though the elements in that series aren’t my thing. I hope you read this one despite it being sad.

  2. This book has been on my TBR for a while. I keep postponing reading it because I know I will get super emotional.

    1. I do that with a lot of emotional YA books too, but you can’t put it off forever. Especially if it’s on your TBR.

  3. This book was such an emotional experience for me. As someone who has lost a family member to suicide, I found that reading Lexie’s thoughts was a quite cathartic experience and one that both made me reflect my own experiences and open my eyes for another type of grief. After reading this one I picked up Unearthly and absolutely loved it as well, even though I normally never enjoy angel books.

    Great review – so gladly to read that you enjoyed this one 🙂

    1. I’m sorry to hear that Milka. I might try the Unearthly series somewhere down the road, but I’m a bit ehh with the paranormal-supernatural stuff.

  4. I was surprised with how much I did love this one too, although I related to it way too much, so I may have cried for like, half an hour after finishing it, haha. I loved how it was written though, and loved Lex, though I wanted to shake her a few times to stop her from punishing herself. I connected to her in the obvious way, but I didn’t really connect to her with the story, if that makes sense. Especially because my brother didn’t commit suicide, and I was a lot younger., but still, went through the same motions. After I read it, I was like “really shouldn’t have read that” But I’m glad I did. 🙂

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