The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: BOOK REVIEW



Book: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Authors: Cynthia Hand

Pages: 386

Reading Format: Audiobook

Read: 10th August, 2017

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


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.


Plot: 3/5

Characters: 3.5/5

Writing: 3.5/5

“It’s such a cliché, the whole ‘time heals all wounds’ thing, but it’s true. Clichés are clichés for a reason,”

I really, really enjoyed this book.

I looked at it when it first came out a few years ago but just didn’t buy it for some reason. Now all these years later I was able to get my hands on the audiobook, and devoured it!

I don’t think I should’ve read this at the same time as Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, because they are very similar in a lot of ways, which actually had me accidentally mixing up the stories at certain points. oops.

“Brave isn’t something you are. It’s something you do.”

The characters were pretty great, although the standouts were definitely Lex and Ty. I loved reading about them, their interactions, history, and just how they lived.

There were many side characters that just weren’t in the book all that much, considering it was very much based on Lex and her stages of grief. However, the side characters were fantastic when they showed up!

“There’s death all around us. Everywhere we look. 1.8 people kill themselves every second. We just don’t pay attention. Until we do.”

The subject matter this book discussed is so, so important. The quote from the novel that I put right above this section, was terrifying to read. Suicide is such a serious topic, that is not nearly talked about enough, especially involving both males and females.

I feel as if this book dealt with grief in such a fantastic way, and it was great to be able to see how Lex was dealing with what happened in her life, and how she handled certain situations as a result of that.

“Everything changes. That’s the only constant.”

This was a fascinating read, that had maybe 5% romance, which was so refreshing! To be able to read about such an important topic, without the mix in of romance was amazing.

I will say that there isn’t much of a plot, it’s more a story about what happened to Ty, and how Lex is dealing with it. But if you don’t mind a slower story, that is still so interesting, then this one is for you.

That’s all,

Kate :)


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