Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

How did I get it?:
NetGalley, thanks to Penguin Random House

Synopsis:

What 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 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?

Thoughts:

I have heard so much about this author’s debut, but I haven’t had the chance to check it out yet. After reading Goodbye Days it’s certainly an author that I want to explore more from. Goodbye Days isn’t an easy read, after all its story line centres around grief. It’s a book that will appeal to so many readers.

Goodbye Days centres around Carver Briggs who sent a text to his best friend Mars whilst they were together with two more of his friends. Whilst replying to the text, the car that Mars was driving crashed into a truck, killing all of the passengers. In one moment, Carter lost his three best friends. He blames himself for the accident.Carver feels alone now and dreads going to school without his little crew. Not everyone in the community is kind to Carver. Family members find it very hard to forgive Carver. Mars’ father, who is a judge, pressures the district attorney to investigate the case. He wants Carver to be charged with negligence. Carver’s life is incredibly overwhelming and he begins to suffer from panic attacks.

What I loved about this book, was that Carver wasn’t left to come to terms with everything himself. He had an amazingly supportive sister, his friend’s girlfriend Jesmyn and a therapist. It was nice to know that Carver had some people looking out for him at such a terrible time.

The idea of Goodbye Days came from a grandparent who asked Carver to spend a day with her doing the things that her grandson loved so much. I thought this was a fascinating idea and although it was heart-breaking, it was interesting to learn more about Carver’s beloved friends.

This book is incredibly emotional. It’s so well written and easy to dive into, despite its tough subject matter. I loved that the story was about such a strong friendship. It’s also about learning to move on and accept loss. It really was a brilliant read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An emotional rollercoaster! So worth reading. 

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Fall For Anything

Fall for Anything

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Cracked Up To Be
Some Girls Are
All The Rage

Synopsis:

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on…but are some questions better left unanswered?

Thoughts:

I have recently discovered Courtney Summers and I ADORE her writing. I love that she’s not afraid to write about tough subjects. She does so in such a raw way which I really appreciate. She doesn’t shy away from tough subjects which makes her writing so compelling to read.

Fall For Anything centres around Eddie Reeves, whose father has committed suicide. Immediately you know that the story isn’t going to be all sweetness and light. It’s tough. It’s hard to read about Eddie’s grief, as expected, Courtney doesn’t shy away from writing about struggles after a bereavement, especially one as painful as suicide. It was so tough to read, but so important at the same time. She really portrayed the family left behind, completely broken. Eddie tries to piece some of the information left about her father in order to understand why he killed himself. It really is a rollercoaster of emotion, that the reader gets to experience through Eddie.

I really enjoyed that romance wasn’t a huge element of this story. Eddie needs time to grieve. Whilst trying to piece everything together, Eddie pushes those close to her away as her main goal is to find out why her father felt he had to do what he did.

I don’t want to say too much because otherwise I’ll spoil the reading experience. Courtney Summers is an author that really stands out for me as an author that’s not afraid to write honestly. I can never put one of her books down, no matter how hard it is for me to read. I appreciate that and highly respect it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Whilst this isn’t my favourite book from Courtney Summers, I still raced through it eager to find out what was going to happen!

One Moment, One Morning

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

Synopsis:

The Brighton to London line. The 07:44 train. Carriages packed with commuters. A woman applies her make-up. Another occupies her time observing the people around her. A husband and wife share an affectionate gesture. Further along, a woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man has a heart attack, and can’t be resuscitated; the train is stopped, an ambulance called. For at least three passengers on the 07:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again. Lou witnesses the man’s final moments. Anna and Lou share a cab when they realise the train is going nowhere fast. Anna is Karen’s best friend. And Karen? Karen’s husband is the man who dies. Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all – friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes, it also reminds us that somehow, and despite everything, life can and does go on.

Thoughts:

This is another of my recent reads that has been recommended by my sister, I’m glad she recommended it. It’s a touching read, which despite its emotional content, is very easy to read. Sarah Rayner writes beautifully and she reminds us all that life can change in one moment. The book started with a woman observing people on the train. Now, come on, how relatable is that? I say nearly all of us has done the people watching thing, be it on the train, on the bus, or waiting for someone. We’re intrinsically nosey! Relating to the story from the start really helped me to like the characters. It was something that could happen to any of us.

I’ve seen criticism that from the tragic event nothing much happens in the story, but I beg to differ. We see three main characters lives change, some forced and some through realising the way they are living their life isn’t what they want. I think the subject matter is dealt with incredibly sensitively. I wouldn’t think twice about reading another book from Sarah Rayner.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

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The Other Daughter- Lisa Gardner