The Last Time We Say Goodbye

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Alexis is in her senior year of high school, halfway to the graduation finish line when her life is turned upside down by her brother’s suicide. Before, her greatest worry was getting into MIT’s elite mathematics program; now she’s faced with overbearing sympathy from those around her, a mother that is drinking her pain away, her absent father that she and Ty used to face together for their weekly awkward dinners, and an overwhelming guilt that she could have stopped her brother from taking his life. She starts seeing Ty everywhere and she can’t be sure if it’s her mind playing tricks or his ghost reaching out to her with unfinished business.

In this touching story, Cynthia Hand sends us reeling through a journey of grief, guilt, and moving on with a young girl named Alexis whose family is being deteriorated by grief. With graceful skill, she touches on teen suicide, a far too common issue, while somehow giving us a story that isn’t all-out depressing and captures an authentic teen voice that the audience will easily connect with. The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a moving look at the aftermath of loss with a heartwrenching but hopeful ending.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher HarperTeen 
Publish Date 2015-Jan-10
ISBN 9780062318473 Buy this Book
Issue January 2015
Category Young Adult


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