The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Finished The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

Oh, you guys, this book.  This book will absolutely crush your heart.  It’s important that you know that going in, because it would be worse if it took you by surprise.  But this book is so amazing and it’s absolutely worth the pain you’ll feel.

Lex is one of those people who absolutely knows who she is.  She’s smart and she doesn’t apologize for it.  And all of her friends are equally smart and unapologetic.  She’s willing to work hard now so that her dreams can come true later.

Except once her brother kills himself, things start to change.  Solid foundations are starting to give way.

I absolutely love Lex.  I love the fact that she’s this teenage girl who, unlike most YA characters (and, um, me) is huge into science and math and whose biggest dream is to get to attend MIT.  These are girls we rarely meet in YA, and I’m so happy that they’ll see themselves in her, because I know how important it is to see characters the feel like they could be you.

Everything about this book is absolutely perfect.  I hope Cynthia Hand writes more contemp YA (and I really should finish her paranormal trilogy).

Highly recommended.

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