Book Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Posted May 4, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Last Time We Say GoodbyeThe Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Published by Harper Teen on February 10th 2015
Genres: young adult, contemporary
Pages: 386
Format: eBook
Source: Overdrive

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.

I think I started reading this book at midnight and it killed me, omg it seriously killed me. Okay, maybe I should have known that this book would make me bawl like a baby, from the title of the book, but SIGH it’s just so good, and heart breaking and I need more.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye was touching, sad and poignant. It will make you wish you had paid attention to those people who you lost more, and make them listen to how much you appreciate them and are there for them. It was a bloody damn emotional roller coaster, and I could not stop crying. I mean, my whole pillow was soaked with tears. Look at what you’ve done, Cynthia Hand. 

This book made me think back to this one Bollywood movie I’ve watched before where the guy had only a few months to live, and he kept on being sad and gloomy, and his girlfriend could not take it anymore so she snapped. And the words that she screamed at him resonated so deeply with me: “All you dying people are just so goddamn selfish. Once you die, that’s it. Your pain ends. But what about the people left behind? What about me? We’re all going to live with this pain for the rest of our damn lives.” That’s what this book was about. That’s what suicide is about.

I mean, GOD THE FEELS. Writing this review makes me wanna cry too. This book wasn’t just about Lex, but about almost everyone who got left behind. Who Tyler left behind. His mother, oh my God, his mother was just.. She was worse than broken. She was nothing. And then there were his friends. His ex-girlfriend. And Lex.

Lex’s character makes me cry every single time, because she’s just going through it alone, blaming herself for that one mistake that she believed led to her brother’s death. That secret broke my heart, and the author showed how she went from self-loathing and self-blaming, to just accepting the fact that maybe it was inevitable.

There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

I think I will never move on from this book, because oh man. MAN. Damn.


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