BOOK: Goodbye Days
AUTHOR: Jeff Zentner
FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / Crown Books for Young Readers
One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.
The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.
Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.
Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.
Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?
*I would like to thank Penguin Random House International for providing ARCs of this book for the PH blog tour.
This doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*
This is my second book by Jeff Zentner and truth be told, I really loved The Serpent King. I love the fact that he always includes friendship circles in his books. YAY!
I know this is a VERY late review for Goodbye Days, but let me tell you this: This book was absolutely heartbreaking in a way that I couldn’t think of the right words to use. Losing someone close to your heart is probably the last thing you’ll ever want to experience in your life. I thought that this book would just be a light read, but I was absolutely wrong. Before the contest thing happened (I’ll be posting about this soon!), I’m already ¾ done reading this book. It was really full of FEELS!!! I had to stop reading this book at some points because my heart can’t take it anymore. Carver sent a text to one of his friends then the accident happened. He instantly lost his 3 bestfriends. The world is cruel, I know. Carver did blame himself for what had happened. It was really an unfortunate coincidence, don’t you think?
Each chapter was profoundly written by Jeff and I salute him for that. This is Young Adult Fiction, but it felt like every word was genuine enough to make people cry while reading this gem. This book was a mix of grief, guilt, and sadness. It’ll make your heart melt. I think after reading this book, I appreciate the people around me even more because we won’t know when THAT time comes…
I’d like to thank the following bloggers for joining this tour. Your support really means a lot. Thank YOU with all my heart. #GoodbyeDaysBlogTourPH wouldn’t be the same without your help! You can read their posts here:
Camelle @ Home of a Book Lover
Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl
Nicka @ Read by Nicka