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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This Week In Books #59

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

Goodbye Days Awful Auntie The Upside of Unrequited

NOWGoodbye DaysJeff Zentner– I’m almost finished this book which releases tomorrow (look out for my review then!) It’s not been an easy book to read, but it’s been worth it!

THENAwful AuntieDavid Walliams– I adored this book. It was darker than David’s usual books, but still a great read!

NEXTThe Upside of UnrequitedBecky Albertalli- I’m far too excited to read this book. I loved Becky’s debut!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post or answer in the comments below! Happy Reading!

This Week In Books #58

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

Awful Auntie Letters to the Lost Goodbye Days

NOWAwful AuntieDavid Walliams– I’m currently reading this book for the Kid-Lit Challenge with my sister, Beth! Our review will be out on Friday!

THENLetters To The LostBrigid Kemmerer– I absolutely adored this book. I’m pushing my review forward, so look out for it tomorrow, if you’re interested! It’s such a moving, thoughtful book.

NEXTGoodbye DaysJeff Zentner– I’ve heard so much hype around this book! I can’t wait to read it!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR (2017)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books on our Spring TBR.

I’ve started with 5 ARCs that I’m going to be reading first! I seem to have a busy start to April!

Follow Me Down- Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down

I have heard good things so far about this book. I hope to read it after my current read!

All The Forever Things- Jolene Perry

All the Forever Things

I enjoy Jolene Perry’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

I’ve heard a lot about this author although I’ve never read a book by her. Looking forward to them!

Goodbye Days- Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days

I’ve seen this one everywhere… intrigued!

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

I’m nervous about this one as I loved the author’s debut so much!

On My Shelf

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I have had this coming up for a few weeks now, but then other books have got in the way… you know how it is! I am really looking forward to this.

Heartless- Marissa Meyer

Heartless

I have mixed feelings about reading this book. I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations.

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

Another highly anticipated one!

Don’t Touch- Rachel M. Wilson

Don't Touch

This one has been on my TBR for far too long. It’s time to read it…

The Book Collector- Alice Thompson

The Book Collector

My sister Beth, isn’t sure if I’m going to like this book, but I’ll give it a go!

What have you got on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!