Friday, September 26, 2014

Before I Read The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Release: February 10, 2015 from HarperTeen
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.
This cover is, in a word, lonely. Devoid of life and sparse in signs of it, the image encasing The Last Time We Say Goodbye grabs my attention not because of everything the designers decorated it with, but because of everything the designers left off. Aside from a few pieces of furniture, the mirror reflects nothing—no people, only a vacant room—implying an empty home. Even the title, which is scribbled on a Post-it, indicates impersonality, as if no one could bother to engage in communication deeper than a quick note. Thanks to this evocative image, I can already feel emotions effusing from The Last Time We Say Goodbye. If the story is half as poignant as its cover, it will be a shattering, bittersweet success.


  1. First, I am not even going to try and hide my jealousy that you got a copy of this - ha! I am really anticipating this one because the writing sounds exceptionally gorgeous and the plot emotion-provoking.

    And I never thought about the cover that way, but now that you mention it, I completely agree. It does give off that aura of loneliness and seclusion absolutely wonderfully, and, like you said, you can already feel the emotions fluttering off the pages from simply seeing the cover.

    Thanks for sharing Emily and, as always, FABULOUS post! <3 Hope you enjoy it! :)

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  3. Haha, I'm about to write a post called Cover vs. Content. Although I have no idea when I'll get around to it. (I have some reviews that need writing and tags that need doing and I'm all around behind... ;_;)

    I do have to agree with you that I like this cover, though. I feel like nowadays they're all starting to look the same, particularly in the YA world. This one is simple and understated - something we don't see very often.

    Jules @ The Book of Jules

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