The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 10th 2015

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“All the best things are like that, though, Lex, the most beautiful things. Part of the beauty comes from the fact that they’re short-lived.”

Everyone is always staring. To them Lex has become nothing but the girl whose brother killed himself. She feels distant from her friends, and mostly numb aside from sudden onsets of gaping pain, a hole her brother used to fill. Worse she can’t even cry and she keeps thinking about how she might have had a chance to change her brother’s fate.

Absolutely touching. There are a lot of books about dealing with grief but rarely is it written so realistically. You can feel Lex’s pain, she’s easily to relate with and beautifully written. I have never read a better depiction of the grief that comes with losing a loved one. The numbness, the nightmares, the guilt and none of it is glossed over to make it prettier.

I wasn’t really fond of the whole spirit/ghost/medium portion of the novel, but I don’t think it really interfered with the novel’s grasp on reality. It was well dealt with and kept from being too fantastical (ex. Playlist of the Dead) but the ending was a little cheesier for it.

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READ THIS IF YOU’RE A FAN OF: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY

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