Book Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

I liked this book a lot and it also fit my 2015 Reading Challenge Category of: A book with a character that’s shifty.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

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Alexis’ brother, Tyler,  has just committed suicide and her world seems at an end. It doesn’t help maters that her parents are divorced so her family doesn’t have enough money to pay for the funeral.

Alexis is unable to get over Ty’s death and is also enraged at him for not leaving her a note as he did for her mother and his girlfriend before he died. Alexis also blames herself for Ty’s death because before he died, he sent her a text message saying he wanted to talk. However, Alexis was with her boyfriend and completely ignored her brother’s text. Now, Alexis is beating herself up, thinking that she could have done something to stop her brother’s death.

To make matters worse, Alexis’ mother is making her go see a shrink once a week to help her cope with her brother’s death. The shrink recommends writing in a diary and Alexis finds that it doesn’t help at all but continues for her mother’s satisfaction. Moreover, Alexis and her mother start seeing Ty’s ghost around the house and also start smelling his cologne everywhere they go.

To Alexis, this seems like a horror movie gone wrong and her happy brother is now a ghost that is haunting her.

Will Tyler learn to move on and leave his family alone?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

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