The Last Time We Say Goodbye

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

by Cynthia Hand


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ISBN-13: 9780062318480
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 43,793
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the Unearthly trilogy, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows). She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, who loves typewriters as much as she does, two cats, two kids, one crazy dog, and a mountain of books. Visit her online at

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this other than it's incredibly sad!! It's heart wrenching and will make you cry.  There isn't much to say about the plot because it's a book focused on dealing with suicide. Lex's brother committed suicide and now it's up to Lex and her mother to rebuild their lives. That's easier said than done though, because Lex is convinced she is seeing her brothers ghost and he is trying to tell her something.  Lex is urged to write a journal and it's through that journal that we glimpse what happened. We see Lex's side and gleam what happened that night. I loved that we got a lot of it journal style and we saw what Lex was going through. She had everything and then when Ty died, she went into herself and nearly losses everything. It's heart aching but we also see Lex's spirit and her strength.  This is a book dealing with love, loss, heartache and all that goes with an unexpected death, especially when that death is a suicide. Why would someone who is popular, a jock and loved by everyone, take their own life? This book shows that not everything is as it seems! People who are depressed don't always show the signs, they learn to bury it and at times it seeps through but we mightn't notice.  This also shows the impact a suicide has on a family, it doesn't just stop when that person dies!! There is always the question of why? Why did they do it? Why didn't they talk to someone? Why, why, why??  The Last Time We Said Goodbye is such a heartbreaking book but it sends a message that needs to be sent. Suicide is never the answer! No matter how bad life feels at the moment, and believe me, life can by sucky, talk to someone, get help please!! Life can get better.  Anyway, this isn't an easy book to read because of the issue, but Cynthia Hand handles it so well. Its a book of loss, grief and heartache but its also a book of hope and healing. Reading the book was hard enough but then I read the authors note and that sent me into another bout of crying!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I cried, laughed and remembered things from my childhood. My brother didn't commit suicide but he was killed by a drunk driver on his 15th birthday. The story spoke to me more then I can explain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Within the first few pages I was hooked. I really appreciated the journal entries throughout the book. They really showed how Lexie felt and what she was thinking. I also really loved how she had those dreams of Ty and that she saw and felt his presence in the book. I am going to be recommending this book to everyone I know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much good wow much sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate how it made me cry but it was just.. an amazing book.
cdavis1126 More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't stop reading this book. Thank you so much for giving us this amazing view into a story that most people don't talk about. The fact that you went thru this yourself and then wrote a book about it shows us a glimpse into your life. Thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless you and your family.
WulfLuva More than 1 year ago
Why don't you just break my heart into millions of tiny little pieces, Cynthia?! That would have been so much easier! After reading, and loving, Cynthia's Unearthly trilogy, I knew I had to pick this book up. I wasn't totally sure about it though. She was so good at the paranormal that I was afraid her contemporary wouldn't be as great. And, while I didn't love it as much as I loved Unearthly, The Last Time We Say Goodbye was very good. I don't think I went 50 pages without shedding a tear. (FYI, I hid in my room to read this, just so my roommate wouldn't see me crying on the couch. I was a mess.) Because this whole story revolves around Lex's brother, there has to be some sort of sibling relationship. And this is what Cynthia excels at. Her brother-sister bonds are soooo realistic. (I've never had a brother myself, but she can always make me feel like I do.) Unearthly's bro-sis relationship was touching and lovely, but Lex and Tyler's relationship had my heart squishing itself into a puddle of goop. Or maybe it just burst from emotion-overload. I'm not quite sure which. Most of the relationships in this book were delicate, fragile, and realistic. Lex and Tyler's relationship with their parents, with their significant others, and even with their friends, were normal relationships—they weren't overdone to make the plot entertaining (although it was). My only issue with the characters in this book was that I did want to see a little bit more interaction between Lex and her ex. While this book did have me crying my heart out, I did get tired of wiping my eyes. What do I mean by that? Well, I felt that I was just crying to cry. Some of the scenes, and Lex's inner dialogue, got a little repetitive at times. It wasn't often enough ruin the story, but it did happen often enough for me to notice it. Also, what happened between Lex and her ex was a tad predictable. I had figured out their issues in the beginning of the book, so I was just waiting for Lex to spit it out. Another issue I had with this book, which can never really be solved, is why Tyler did it. I know that this is really impossible to answer for any victim of suicide, but it hurt me, just like it hurt Lex and her family, to not know. All in all, this book will make you cry, so prepare for all the feels. But honestly, I knew this book was going to wrench my heart out and I still wasn't prepared.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
    This was such a sad, touching book that I am glad I was able to read during the holidays. It made me so much happier. I started saying “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” to everyone, because honestly, you never know how you can make someone else’s day. "'People move on with their lives. Even if we can't." pg 101             Lex’s brother killed himself, but Lex acts as if she’s fine. One day she realizes she needs to stop hiding from her feelings and finally see what contributed to his sadness. Most of all she needs to find one more way to make sure he knows she loves him. "'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." pg 177             I loved the Unearthly series, so I knew the writing style in this would be absolutely amazing. And it exceeded my expectations. The emotion was raw and so real that I could feel it myself. I felt as if the sadness did bog down did make the story a little heavy, but with grief like that the heaviness was to be expected. This is why it felt so real. There wasn’t much comedic relief because she was hurting and trying to avoid people. It felt like something a real person would have went through. "'There's death all around us. Everywhere we look. 1.8 people kill themselves every second. We just don't pay attention. Until we do." pg 278             My favorite part about this book was the characters. Mostly Lex, but also her mother. Lex so hurt about her brother that she even tried not to acknowledge how she was feeling. Her mother fell into a depression that it seemed she couldn’t handle. Things just seemed to keep spiraling out of control for them, but still she didn’t let anything stop her. I was so happy when things started getting better, that when the next bad thing came up, it broke me a little bit more. "'This is going to sound trite, I suppose, but you never know when it;s going to be the last time. That you kiss. That ou say goodbye." pg 286             By the time another bad thing happened, I was beginning to develop a theory. I was so happy that things did not turn out that way. Because I would not have been able to handle this book if it were true. But then again, it would have answered some questions for me. Like why did that happen? What was his reasoning? I know this was Ty’s story, but I have so many questions now. Maybe we should get another book from that POV???? (wishful thinking) "'It's such a cliche, the whole 'time heals all wounds' thing, but it's true. Cliches are cliches for a reason, I guess." pg 324             This was such a sad, touching book that I am glad I was able to read during the holidays. It will make you think about having your family all around you. So please, hug every member of your family and remember, “it’s the little things.” 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I JUSTED FINISHED READING THIS BOOK AND ITS AMAZING it is such a beautiful book and every moment of this book well have you on edge i would recommend this book for people in middle school and up because there are some bad words in this book but i dont know it just makes it more exciting its sad but amazing you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, is a story about an eighteen year old girl who is dealing with the death of her brother; whom committed suicide. The protagonist is a girl named Alexis, or “Lex”, which she prefers to be called. Lex thought that she had her whole life planned out- go to M.I.T. for college, stay with her boyfriend, Steven and have friends and family there to support her. However, her life seems to turn upside down when her father leaves her family to fend for themselves. Just when Lex seems to patch her family back together, she finds her brother, Ty dead, who appeared to have shot himself. The only explanation he left was a sticky note on his mirror saying, “‘Sorry mom, I was below empty.’” Throughout the course of the story, Lex must deal with the pity of her entire small Nebraskan town, convince her mother that life is still worth living, while keeping her life from crumbling beneath her. One of the prevalent themes in The Last Time We Say Goodbye is being able to move on from a difficult situation that has hurt you beyond repair, and getting a sense of closure. Lex was struggling to move on from her brother’s death because she thought she never had a chance to say goodbye to him. “The people we love are never truly gone… you did say goodbye to me, you know… that morning you said come on, I was going to miss the bus…But then you said, ‘Okay, see you later’, and I said, ‘Love you, sis.’ And you said, ‘Love you, too, bro. Bye.’” (385) Ty had appeared in Lex’s dream, reminding her that she did get a chance to say goodbye to him. When compared to another teen fiction novel An Impossible Knife of Memory, the protagonist Hayley, seems to handle her broken family and emotional conflicts in a similar way that Lex does. They both seem to be the only person who is keeping everything from falling apart within their home, and they have both been through so much in their lives. They are both emotionally strong and want the best for their families. Overall this story that is based off the author’s own brother, is completely heartbreaking yet wonderful at the same time. This story is told from Lex’s perspective (first person), so readers struggle alongside her as she deals with her emotional conflicts and her journey to fix what is broken. I would highly recommend reading this if you need something that will help you move on, or if you just enjoy reading books that make you cry. I would rate this book a 10/10, because it is wonderfully written and it gets you to emotionally connect to the story. However, I would not recommend this story to younger audiences, for it has depression and suicide throughout the book, along with explicit scenes. I recommend to wait until you are in your teens to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have 20 pages left. I wanted to read a book (or several) that could help me understand the other side of suicide. A very honestly and easy read. The different stages of grief, her journal writing and trying to help other heal before her. I came engulfed as it is staged in Raymond NE and mentions places in Lincoln where I live with much accuracy. Thus the author has investigated this area which made it more a compelling story.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I read The Last Time I Said Goodbye over the summer and immediately fell in love with it. It’s such a heartfelt, emotional and touching story. So many feels surrounding Lex, who’s suffering the loss of her brother who was taken from the earth far too soon. “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.” Be sure to have tissues available. This incredibly touching story will bring you to tears, but will also leave you feeling hopeful and strong, ready to face the day. I know a lot of teens, especially those who have experienced a loss like this, will really relate to Lex and what she went through in this story. I wish there had been more books like this around when I was younger, but I’m definitely to see they exist nowadays. I have so much love for this book! (Thanks to Harper Audio for the review copy!)
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Very compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book and it is very rare that l warm up to a story so soon.I really think it:s going to be a good one.
Suppsarah More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Great portrayal of what happens to your family when someone commits suicide and doesn't think about what happens to the people they leave behind. This book is seriously great, couldn't put it down. It's in my top ten favorite books for sure!
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DonnaGambale More than 1 year ago
This is such a simple, wonderful book. In addition to being about grief, it's about the complicated relationships between siblings, the fallout from divorce, the way the minutiae of your life changes after tragic events. For my complete recommendation, check out This Is What You Should Be Reading: http://www [dot] thisiswhatyoushouldbereading [dot] com/recommendations/2015/5/11/the-last-time-we-say-goodbye-by-cynthia-hand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I didnt expect this book to be so good, but it surprised me. Twist ending!!! I reallh enjoyed this book & really reccomend it!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sends good messages on how to manage grief, pain and self induced loneliness.
SideKickM24 More than 1 year ago
That.  Was brutal.  I've never read a book about suicide before. And I didn't expect this to hit me as hard as it did.  This was beautifully written. I can't imagine what it would be like being left to deal with someone you love taking their life. I wanted to hug and hold Lex.  I cried so many times throughout this book, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish it. It's fantastic and brilliant and deep.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
     I wanted to read The Last Time We Say Goodbye because the subject of mental illness and the fall out of suicide is personal to me. I could relate with Lex because I feel the guilt of a family member who's lost their life and questioning everything. Could I have done something differently? What if this and what if that.     The romance in the flash backs was sweet. Lex is a smart girl and self professed nerd. We know from the beginning in present that her and Steven didn't work out but I still enjoyed looking at their history and seeing the awkward interactions and the sweet exploration.      The family dynamic in this book was dysfunctional even before the suicide. After even more so. Their parents went through a divorce and their time with their dad is stilted. Her mom after is obviously depressed and not living in the present for lex. She sleeps all the time and doesn't really talk to lex about what happened.       I totally get what lex was going through emotionally. She didn't cry, and that is something that I struggle with feeling almost robotic in that way because even though mourning, the tears Digby back up on the outside what I feel inside. She also deals with anxiety and panic and it can be so debilitating and hard to understand and deal with.     Lex's struggles and working towards goals to make things even a little better is realistic. None of the revelations. realizations, or healing came over night. She had to work for it. She used journals and counceling, and talking with friends trying to heal. She also has her mom who feels that her life is over having lost Tyler, and she wants to be a support for her and as she learns that it will hurt, there are other people that want to help.           The ending was hopeful, but still shows that only time will heal (cliches are cliches for a reason). It shows the importance of family (no matter how dysfunctional), friends (even when you feel like you have nothing in common anymore.) That everyone has issues and knows pain and loss on some level, and that they really don't care how hurt, they just want you to let you in. It wrapped things up well and left me feeling emotionally beaten and then a slow heal for me too.  Bottom Line: Realistic journey of Lex trying to make sense of and heal from the suicide of her brother.