The Last Time We Say Goodbye (Book Review)

Pillow hug anyone?

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.

Source: goodreads.com

4.5/5

This is such a lovely book. I am definitely into first-person-written books and this one made me read it in one sitting.

Lex is my kind of girl… When Lex was mourning on the death of her brother, Tyler, I was deeply moved and was easily influenced by the heavy emotions. I know what it feels like to lose someone you love and this brought back all the sad memories to me. When she was dealing with depression and writing on a journal (even if she hated it) and slowly recovering and moving on, it feels like I am also undergoing the process of healing. And it felt nice.

 Lex and Steven, they are goals. This book did not focus mainly on romance and that’s what I have been looking for. But their love story made me feel happy and satisfied with their ending.

Halfway through the book, Lex reunited with her childhood friend. And somehow, as they catch up on their lives, more hidden stories are being revealed and discovered.

The thrill of racing up to Damian’s house almost gave me a heart attack and had me laughing with Lex’s mini ‘adventure’ and skills. πŸ˜€ I am still a bit sad for Damian though. “Oh the horror.”

The ending was sweet and I kinda wanna see if Lex and Steven get back together, even though it was kinda obvious. But I love their love story – so unique.

I know this is gonna sound a bit odd. But I gotta appreciate Tyler’s preparation on that day. Honestly, he got the things that he wanted in life, wanted to look ‘good’ when they say their last goodbyes to him. He. Was. Done.

Now, with that SMS thing though… I know that the Lex’s guilt is still there and will still linger. But did she really think that it would stop her brother from ending his own life? I think not. He was still gonna do it. He was on the edge, a little tap on his shoulder will set him off. And that text sealed it. That was him tapping his own shoulder.

I am still  happy, though. I really hope that Lex’s mom would move to Massachusetts with her. But since she’s getting better I think that she’ll be fine. πŸ™‚

I have never smiled so much upon reading a book’s ending. I think that this book is gonna give me a reading slump ’cause I know I won’t get over the characters and the investment of getting so familiar with them. This is definitely a pillow-hugging worthy book. Goddamn I shed a tear (and believe me, it’s hard to make me cry) for this so I’m gonna write a review to calm me down. And here it is. ☺

Cynthia Hand’s writing never failed me – on some books, I sometimes just run my eyes through lines and lines but never actually comprehend them. Her writing though, made me wanna glue my eyes on the details that I don’t wanna miss. Thanks Cynthia Hand. πŸ™‚

Definitely recommend this book. I assure you, your perspective in life will change just like mine did. Go grab a copy!

That’s it! Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

-Marice

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