BOOK REVIEW: The Last Time We Say Goodbye – by Cynthia Hand

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Title: The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
First published: February 10th 2015
Finished reading: April 22nd 2015
Pages: 400
Rating 5

“Time passes. That’s the rule. No matter what happens, no matter how much it might feel like everything in your life has been frozen around one particular moment, time marches on.”

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Wow, just wow. I do not cry easily when I’m reading a novel, but The Last Time We Say Goodbye left me with tears in my eyes. Cynthia Hand did an excellent job describing the different main characters and explaining how a suicide affects those who are close to the victim. This story is both sad and brilliant at the same time… The attempts of the main character Lex to cope with the loss of her brother simply heartbreaking and without doubt exceptionally well written. I loved the prose and the little journal entries at the beginning of some chapters; they give a great insight in what Lex is feeling at the moment. The Last Time We Say Goodbye is what you call a ‘heavy’ read that will end up affecting you more than you would have thought… It’s not an easy read, but a story that will definitely stay with you for quite some time.

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Lex used to be happy. She used to be just another nerdy teenager with divorced parents, friends, a boyfriend she loved and dreams about college… But that was before her brother Ty decided to do the unthinkable. Feeling ‘below empty’, he decided to kill himself. Suddenly, Lex is the girl whose brother killed himself. And she doesn’t know how to cope with this loss. Lex tries to put her life back together, blocking out what happened and pushing away her friends and dad. He left them for another woman a few years back, and she still blames him for it… Trying to find a way to accept her brother’s dead, she goes to therapy. That’s when she starts a journal to write down her feelings… Although Lex doesn’t feel it will help; she prefers to forget. Soon forgetting seems impossible as she starts seeing the image of her brother everywhere. Lex knows he’s gone, but she has a feeling she has to help Ty with some unfinished business before she can really move on…

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I don’t think I will forget The Last Time We Say Goodbye any time soon. It’s a beautifully written and heartbreaking story that will leave its mark once you’ve read it. It’s a story full of love, loss and acceptance; something you can relate to if you have ever experienced the death of a loved one. Cynthia Hand did an excellent job with this novel, and I would definitely recommend it to those who don’t mind a contemporary read dealing with tough issues. Make sure you have some tissues nearby if you decide to read this one!

WWW Wednesdays #36 – April 22nd

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thelasttimewesaygoodbyefangirlI started reading The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand the other day and even though it is an interesting read, it’s so sad at the same time! I needed a break from all the sadness before actually finishing it, so I’ve started reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell last night as well. I’m not too far into the story yet, but so far it delivers.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

illgiveyouthesunIevensong finished reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson the other day, a novel that has been on my radar for a while now and I’m glad I’ve finally read it. The prose is really colorful to say the least, and the story itself interesting. A full review will follow shortly! I’ve also read Evensong by Krista Walsh, a novel that had a promising blurb but ended up being a huge disappointment…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

vampireacademyharrypotterandthedeathlyhallowsAs I’m trying to complete my Ready For Spring Bingo chart as soon as possible, I’m probably going to read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead next (Forgotten Fridays Pick). I’m not sure I will end up liking that one, but I will give it a go… Either that or I will read Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows first so I can finally finish my HP series reread. (Also part of the bingo chart… A reread.)

Teaser Tuesdays #39 – April 21st: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve only just started The Last Time We Say Goodbye, so I cannot say too many things about it, but so far this novel by Cynthia Hand sounds promising. I needed a dark contemporary read for my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge, and I guess this one definitely touches some touch subjects… Fingers crossed it says this good.

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My teaser (38%):

“Maybe I want to forget,” I say, just to be contrary. “Maybe it’d be easier to forget, and get on with my life. Isn’t that healthier? Moving on?”

What are you reading right now?

Friday Finds #32 – April 17th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. I’m still trying not to add any new titles to my already exploding TBR pile, but I guess I’m hopelessly failing. 😉  Below you can find a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page.

My finds:

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