Hey guys! I hope you all are having a great day and this is my review to The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand. This is a standalone novel that is also a part of my 2015 Anticipated Releases. :D
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.
I was a bit reluctant to start this story at first because gosh, I’ve read like two other suicide books since the beginning of this year and it all seemed like it was too much for me. I don’t want to read about depressing topics, but I guess you could say that I was pleasantly surprised. :D
I’m going to say that I appreciated this book a lot more because this does not focus on the main character’s love life. I’m glad it breached out in so many directions! :D
Thankfully, some issues that were shown:
(1) How the main character dealt with the depression
(2) How it affected her relationship with friends and family
(3) How it affected her friends and family specifically
(4) Feeling the empty hole instead of becoming Sherlock Holmes and saying, “Well Watson!” (aka, in this situation the reader) “This is the end of the case!”
(5) The decisions this character makes
(6) How this character moves on
If you’re looking for a love story where “love stops all suicide” then maybe you should try reading another book. This book is about Lex (specifically) and the people surrounding her that were also associated with Tyler’s life and how they were affected after he took such a big step.
I’m not going to say anything, to be honest, because this is one of those books where you should read it for yourself and decide.
I liked this book, but there were times when Lex was slightly frustrating. It was as if Tyler was only her brother, and no one else. There were some decisions that she made where I was so mad at her and thinking, “Honestly, Lex, they don’t deserve that!” But of course, her brother had just passed away, so I could see why she took the decisions that she did.
Near the very end, I felt like this was starting to drag out. But, the ending was worth it! :D
Overall, this book was a nice, heart-warming read. :D
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read specifically about character development. But, obviously, suicide triggers. So, be aware of that!
I’m sorry this is a very short review, guys, I don’t want to say too much about this book and for those of you who have read it so far, I think you might understand what I’m saying. :D Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great day.