The Last Time We Say Goodbye
By: Cynthia Hand
Available February 2014
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Lex’s story is heartbreaking. It’s the story of a girl whose brother commits suicide and how she lives after he is gone. She pushes her friends and boyfriend away. She stops considering her future. Lex just exists as the girl whose brother died.
When she thinks she sees the ghost of her brother she runs. She can’t get away fast enough. Somehow it helps her reconnect with a childhood friend who is able to be there for her in ways her other friends can’t. And she finds a letter her brother left behind for a girl. When he left so little behind for anyone else, this was big.
Lex starts to get to know more about her brother after he is gone. She starts to see their relationship and to appreciate what they had. And she has to deal with feeling as though she failed him. Lex will have to face what happened the day he died and why she feels that she can’t allow herself to move on and be happy.
There are so many things I liked about this book, like the way that Lex put herself out there for her brother’s friend. I liked that there wasn’t one big reason for the things that happen in this book, just as there often isn’t in real life.
It broke my heart to see things that reminded me of my own little brother. I know I did the same thing as Lex, not noticing my brother despite loving him. When a book can make you look at your own life it is doing something right. When I finished this book I wanted to cry and then I wanted to call my brother. So this book did something right for me.