The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Release: February 10, 2015 from HarperTeen
There's death all around us.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.
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.