Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

eBook - 2017
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The heart-breaking and at times humorous look at one teen's life after the death of his best friends and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives—and ultimately learns to forgive himself. What would you say if you could spend one last day with someone you lost? 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 it all crashed and burned, literally, after he wrote them out of existence with an inane text sent to his friend Mars—the last words his friends ever see. Carver can't stop blaming himself for the fatal crash and he's not the only one. Eli's twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. Even worse, Mars's father, a powerful judge, pressures the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver's actions. But Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli's girlfriend, who is the only person to stand by him at school, and Blake's grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her—having him stand in as Blake for one last day doing all their favorite things so they can share memories and say a proper goodbye. Soon Eli and Mars's 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 prison or a complete breakdown?
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781770498884
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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Oct 25, 2017

A moving story, beautifully written. Teen age death. Texting while driving. Guilt. Reconciliation. Forgiveness.

Aug 16, 2017

This was an intense, great novel.

Jun 14, 2017

A great book for preteens & teens about the issues around texting & relationship, in easy read.

samcmar Jun 06, 2017

I have heard for various friends and bloggers that Zentner's The Serpent King was an amazing debut novel. I'll admit that I haven't read it yet, and instead was handed his latest novel by my bookish angel over at Penguin Canada. I knew a bit about this book, more like, I knew the tag line and that a text message would play a larger roll. What I wasn't expecting, was how deeply involved I would get into Carver's story.

This was one of those reads that I dreaded putting the book down. Every time I had to put it down, whether it was to do chores, work, or help someone else... I was thinking about this book. Goodbye Days had that strong of an effect on me. I felt for Carver throughout the story; his grief, anxiety, depression, anger, loss -- he feels a whirlwind of emotions, feels as though he has no control, and is told to keep pressing on. I found him easy to relate to, and I feel like I connected with him given my own personal circumstances (very different, but the emotional impact was very much the same).

I loved the way Zentner wrote the Sauce Crew, and I found myself really draw to the flashbacks in this book. At times, they felt like cheesy teenagers doing stupid things, but I found the way in which they were portrayed to be easy to connect with. They genuinely are friends! And it's nice to see that genuineness in the writing as well. You get larger sense in the story as to how close each member was, and Carver does a great job sharing with the reader their stories, their lives, and his overall connection to them.

I won't sugarcoat this: Goodbye Days is a very sad, depressing book. For it's bits of glimmer and humour, it's a sad tale that will take you to sadtown with no real way out. Expect sadness, but expect a book that feels raw as well. The writing has some moments of awkward, but overall I really did love this story, and I was always compelled to keep reading. Goodbye Days is a lovely, emotional novel that will leave you with all the feels.

VaughanPLKim Jun 04, 2017

A book about an important issue - the danger of texting while driving - that manages to mix humour with heartbreak.

AL_PRINAL Apr 01, 2017

Oh my...what a beautiful young adult novel. Infused with so much heart and hope despite the tremendous and unexpected loss experienced by 17-year-old Carver. Great dialogue and fresh storytelling with great details make it a wonderful sophomore read by the very talented Zentner.

Mar 31, 2017


DCLteens Mar 15, 2017

Intense story about grief, guilt, accountability and forgiveness. A good title for book clubs and adults who love teen fiction.

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