Goodbye Days ★★★★★

5 stars

It’s really no surprise to me that I fell in love with another of Jeff Zentner’s books because he is just such an amazing author. It took me a while to get around to this book but once I did I read it within a day. This book is definitely up there with some of my favorite contemporary books.

Goodreads Summary:

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?

My Review: 

When I started this book I wasn’t totally on board with it but it won me over within 20 pages. I’m going to try and keep this review shorter than the one I wrote for The Serpent King because wow that one was long. I’m also going to try not to spend the whole time praising meaningless things, it’s going to be constructive, hopefully.

I didn’t really “fall in love” with the main character Carver because the way this book is written, I don’t really need to. He is just someone that you almost automatically like. Carver is someone who I really felt for and connected to because everyone texts without thinking about if the person is driving. This can be seen as a cautionary tale but to me, it felt more like a book about how one simple, meaningless thing could change your life forever.

This book is one that I can see myself reading again in a year or two because it was so amazing. Goodbye Days is exactly what I was looking for from a sad contemporary book and I was so happy that I found one like it. It did change my mood for a little while though but that only means that it was a really hard hitting book.

The only negative thing I really have to say about this book is that it’s not as good as the Serpent King. But I never really expect a book to beat that book because wow, it’s still amazing. This book was very close to it though and I definitely love all of his contemporary novels.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading contemporary and doesn’t mind getting a little sad. There definitely isn’t an age restriction on this book because I think anyone would benifit from reading this book. It is a good cautionary tale as it is a hardhitting story about lossing people you love.

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