The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

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 ...

Details The Last Time We Say Goodbye

TitleThe Last Time We Say Goodbye
Release DateFeb 10th, 2015
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews The Last Time We Say Goodbye

  • Wendy Darling
    One of the most beautiful parts of the Unearthly trilogy was seeing how Cynthia Hand wrote about grief. Reading this novel is an incredibly painful experience, particularly if suicide has touched your life in a significant way, but I wouldn't trade this book, with all its blurry, unfinished truths and messy, gut-wrenching feeling, for a thousand more showy, "clever" stories on the same topic. A simple, emotional tribute to those who leave us all ...
  • shady boots | #WatchPOSE
    Gurl.Guuuuuuuuuuurl.Let me tell you whahahappen. Whahahappen wuz, I was on a public transport on the way back home from outta town when I finished this book. When I tell you I was bawling my eyes out in that minibus, I was bawling my fucking eyes out in that goddamn minibus, gurl. I swear to god.Okay, so, here's the thing. I've kinda been avoiding contemporary YA because, even though I haven't read many of the new stuff, there seems to be a commo...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    I’m torn in two equal parts. I loved and hated it in equal measures. I’m enlightened but I’m still confused and now I don’t know what to do with myself let alone this review. So I’ll probably just rant away to my heart’s content and hopefully by the end of this review, I’ll be more stable. I appreciate that an author for once decided to focus on a sister grieving over her brother who killed himself and I believe Ms. Cynthia Hand was...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I enjoyed this book! The characters were very fleshed out and I especially liked Lex and the way her mind worked in the aftermath of this tragedy. It didn't linger on the pain, yet it was a reminder of how deeply death can affect a family. And despite how I generally liked how this book panned out, it was just a bit too generic for me. Every suicide book has turned into a "this person left clues behind when he/she died!" and it kind of glamorized...
  • Ari
    Wonderfully written and absolutely touching! Do you know the feeling you get while and after you hold your breath for long? How time seems to stop for a while, how your heart beats faster and faster, how sharp everything becomes after the fuzziness washes over?This is how this book feels like.And it is wonderful, and dangerously heartbreaking.There is nothing in this world quite like the feeling of true happiness, or deep sadness, or shattering g...
  • Glass
    Brilliant and heartbreaking! All of us know Cynthia Hand because of her brilliant Unearthly trilogy - my favorite paranormal young adult series about angels. It came as a surprise when I saw that her new novel will be more on realistic side.Truth to be told, I was worried because I ended up disappointed with several authors who took turn from paranormal to realistic fiction. But this is Cynthia Hand, so shouldn't have any doubts from the start. T...
  • Ai Haibara
    {EDIT}The Last Time We Say GoodbyeTHIS TITLE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!!!2015? REALLY?!OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG Cynthia Hand has a new book coming out![image error]But it'll be released in 2014!!Give me a title...a cover...a blurb...ANYTHING!
  • Melanie
    A lot of crying was involved. That actually might be an understatement. You know what else made me want to cry an ocean? Celine's review. And you all should check it out because it's wonderful and she summarises the beauty of this book so perfectly: It may only be January but I'm so incredibly sure that this is making my Top 10 books of 2015. It tore me apart, this book, with it's perfect blend of numbing ...
  • Celine
    Years ago, I walked into school and something was different. I was, as usual, a bit early for my classes (I like being on time) and slowly walked to the stairwell, my thoughts already with today’s lessons and my friends and the ridiculous amount of homework I still had to do. But the moment I left the lockers and walked into the hall, I knew something was different. There were only a few fellow students in that hall, and some teachers, wearing ...
  • C.G. Drews
    IF YOU NEED ME, I'M THE ONE CRYING IN THE CORNER. I really didn't expect to get this emotionally involved. And to be truthful? I wasn't...not until the last 50-pages and then I couldn't stop reading. I think that's my heart over there, broken on the ground. Yup. Someone get the sticky-tape.There's a lot of back-flashes to the past, in diary form. Lex is this wizard at maths and she's NOT good at writing (har, har, after her diary? I do not believ...
  • Victor Almeida
    Tem um caroço na minha garganta. Quero deitar no chão abraçado com esse livro e ficar ali.Amei essa leitura, acho que ficou claro, né? Me surpreendi com a rapidez e o dinamismo do livro, mas o que mais me deixou preso e encantando foi a percepção e a vulnerabilidade da autora. O domínio das palavras. A sinceridade e a sua verdade crua. Eu estou apaixonado pelos personagens, eu estive de luto com eles, eu cresci junto a eles ao longo da jor...
  • Masooma
    2.5 starsMy first reaction when I turned the final page:This book is a bag of cliches, has a down-in-the-doldrums heroine and the mainstream story dealing with death and depression.The Last Time We Say Goodbye is the story of Alexis Riggs who has lost her younger brother to suicide, the plot is set around her struggle against the darkness that diffuses all around her after her brother pops his clogs and her idea that she is somewhat blameworthy i...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    3.5*I thought this was a solid book, it dealt with the topic of suicide well, but I just felt like the plot fell a little flat. I just wanted more I guess.
  • Giselle
    The Last Time We Say Goodbye is the story of a girl who's been left behind. Her family is broken, her heart is broken, and her life will now never be the same. After her brother dies, Lex is now defined as this tragic girl with a dead brother; someone to pity, or to avoid completely which is not uncommon in these scenarios - people are simply uncomfortable towards death. If this wasn't enough for Lex to deal with, there's these nightmares that ma...
  • Jeanne
    Raw, honest, realistic, and heart wrenching are words that come to my mind when trying to describe this book. I've read other books with the same subject matter, but none of them felt as real or as authentic as this one. This novel isn't watered down, and that's what makes it special. My friend Maida said in her review that Ms. Hand's writing is flawless, not a compliment she hands out every day, but I agree. ( I will always read your 5 star pick...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.I am a pretty sad person, I cry over books, even when they are not  that  sad and even more so, when they are depressing. And The Last Time We Say Goodbye made me cried from the very start until the end. FYI, more like gross sobbing.Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy is one of my favorite YA series, but the conclusion failed to impress me, so it’s safe to say I had my doubts. My fear did not lessen...
  • may ❀
    it's almost 1am and im literally a sobbing disaster. idk if im just an emotional wreck but there's this one line in the book that figuratively ripped me apart wow, i was not expecting it to hurt this much. :)so this book deals with A WHOLE LOT of grief. it switches between present day events and the main character's journal entry. it deals with suicide but not about just dying and leaving but also the journey and emotions and grief that the peopl...
  • Thomas
    As someone who went through a series of losses this year, I could not have read this book at a better time. One close friend hurt me in particular, and I spent so much time thinking that maybe if I had been a little better, he would have stayed. Maybe if I had said one more kind word, or if I had changed something about myself, he would not have abused me the way he did. But Cynthia Hand's story reminded me that instead of blaming ourselves for t...
  • Vitor Martins
    Essa é uma história extremamente bonita. Me emocionou de um jeito que nenhum outro livro YA conseguiu. Senti as dores dos personagens, sofri e me importei com eles e torci até a última página para que tudo ficasse bem. É um livro que faz chorar sem precisar de fórmula. Fala sobre família, luto, perdão, culpa e quando você vai percebendo a grandiosidade dessa história, é impossível não se emocionar.
  • Lauren
    “This is going to sound trite, I suppose, but you never know when it’s going to be the last time. That you hug someone. That you kiss. That you say goodbye" This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It made me feel all these emotions and I realized so much when I was reading this book. I usually just read books for pleasure but this book has changed me and it's going to take me a while to forget. The best books are the ones that yo...
  • Bel Rodrigues
    4,5 ★
  • Jennifer
    So heartbreaking. Be prepared to cry. And cry. And then cry some more.Lexie's brother, Ty, committed suicide at age 16. A popular, basketball star, with tons of friends and yet decided to end it in only his junior year of high school. And she feels horrible guilt. Why did he do it? And why didn't she see the signs? Why didn't she talk to him? Why couldn't she help him? Should she blame her dad for leaving them? His ex-girlfriend? Life doesn't hav...
  • Paulo Ratz
    Termino esse livro de uma forma que eu não imaginava estar. Chorando.Assim, eu já sabia que era um YA contemporâneo sobre uma menina que teve um irmão que acabou de se suicidar, então eu já sabia que seria triste. No início eu estava até um pouco impaciente, porque a grande maioria de livros YA contemporâneo giram sempre em torno de uma tragédia e de como o personagem principal tira grandes conclusões sobre a vida.Isso acontece nesse l...
  • Giselle
    We start off with Lex who is dealing with the death of her brother Tyler who committed suicide. She's struggling to get her life back.. Before it happened. This is a journey that will test her and will reveal the truths to what happened on that fateful night. A story about loss, love and having the ability to move on from something that will forever change you.Lex's struggles and heartache and even hallucinations of Tyler were heart wrenching to ...
  • Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
    New Year's Readathon 2.0 - Read a standaloneIf you're going to read this book, you better grab a box of tissues. I shed some tears and my emotions are all over it. It's such a beautiful, captivating and heartbreaking story. I'm instantly hooked with it. Lexie's younger brother, Tyler, took his own life. His untimely death hit her so hard and had a difficult time of moving on. She was depressed, shuts out everyone around her, and there are times ...
  • Jodi Meadows
    I will read anything Cynthia Hand writes.
  • Bonnie
    Enter to win an ARC of The Last Time We Say Goodbye! (US Only) Ends 2/19/2015. ‘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.’ Lexie is an unexceptionally smart student with big dreams of going to MIT. She has a boyfriend who loves her and a group of friends she can depend on. But that was life seven weeks ago. Now...
  • Laurence R.
    This. Book. *heart eyes* This story is absolutely heartbreaking. As an older sister, I've always been overprotective of my little sister, because I feel responsible of her and it seems like I should be the one protecting her and making sure she's happy. Because of that, I could try to imagine what Lex must be feeling and it was already too much for me to bear. Her situation is awful, just like her mother's, and I started this book already saddene...