Published by HarperCollins Publishers on February 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult
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THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE is a poignant, layered and compelling novel about a teenage girl grappling with the suicide of her younger brother Ages: 13+ The last time Lex was happy 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 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 the past doesn't have to define the present. From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand comes a story of love, loss and learning how to let go.
“Time passes. That’s the rule. No matter what happens, no matter how much it might feel like everything in your life has frozen around one particular moment, time marches on.”
I ended this book with tears streaming down my face, actually I was balling. Even after I finished reading I couldn’t stop crying. My husband was worried about me.
I couldn’t stop reading. What was the text that that Lex got from her brother? Who was leaving her the paper flowers? Why did she break up with Steven? Was her brother sending her messages from the afterlife? I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
Suicide is one of the hardest deaths with far reaching consequences. Cynthia Hand shows first hand the impact it has on the people closest to the victim and the guilt that clouds those people. Could they have stopped it? Why didn’t they see that person was hurting? Why didn’t they reach out for help? Everyone works through their grief in different ways, but eventually they learn that they must move on.
I loved all the characters in the book, but Steven, Lex’s geeky, math nerd boyfriend, was by far my favorite. He’s my new favorite book boyfriend.
I absolutely LOVED this book!