Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Title: The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Format: ARC 
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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 is heartbreaking and tragic but so wonderfully good. It is worth every tear. It's one of those stories that will change you. 

I have read where some people are over the whole suicide type book. I have noticed that there have been a lot of books about suicide recently but this is the first one that I have read so I don't have a problem with them. Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite it shattering my heart ever so slightly. 

I feel that Cynthia Hand did an excellent job dealing with such a tough and touchy subject. I can't imagine the pain and heartbreak someone goes through after someone that they loved commits suicide. Hand portrays the guilt that Lex, her mom, and others go through following Ty's suicide in a realistic way.  I think guilt is one of the primary emotions that people feel when finding out someone they loved commited suicide. I think people always think that there was something that they could have done to change their decision. In The Last Time We Say Goodbye, we experience Lex's guilt first hand. We see why she feels it, how she deals with it, and how she ultimately overcomes it. 

The Last Time We Say Goodbye is one of those books that keep you turning the pages. I found myself saying, "Just one more chapter again and again. I was with Lex and wanted to put all the pieces together so that I could understand why Ty did what he did. But the thing is I don't think it's one of those things that you can truly understand unless you've been there. I've been lucky enough to never be in that sort of dark place but so many people have been there or are there now. 

I am sure that many people will be touched by this story. Hand opens up a conversation about suicide and will have readers thinking long after they have read the final page.

1 comment:

  1. I always struggle with books like this because I usually love them but they also emotionally drain me so I need to be prepared. This one sounds like it needs to be on my wish list though. Great review.


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