March 26, 2015

The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand

Young Adult
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Since her brother, Tyler, committed suicide, Lex has been trying to keep her grief locked away, and to forget about what happened that night. But as she starts putting her life, her family, and her friendships back together, Lex is haunted by a secret she hasn't told anyone—a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
In the tradition of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Gayle Forman's If I Stay, and Lauren Oliver's Before I FallThe Last Time We Say Goodbye is a thoughtful and deeply affecting novel that will change the way you look at life and death.

This was intense and oh, so heartbreaking and confusing yet so... HOPEFUL. It's the kind of read that you curl up with on a rainy afternoon. A book that will pull your emotions and leave you sighing with a resigned smile. Suicide has always been one of those things I hate to think about because I just can't understand it. Those are the things I try to read a lot about so that I come closer, each time I do, to maybe understanding.
It may have dragged a bit around the middle, but ultimately I enjoyed the writing a lot. Very well written with a really strong narrative voice. I'm sure this will be one of the big contemporary titles this year. Readers of any age who enjoy an emotional roller coaster will LOVE this story.

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