Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Looks at a teen's life after the death of his best friend and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives--and ultimately learning to forgive himself.
Publisher: New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9780553524062
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jul 04, 2018

I loved this book! This story was an emotional roller coaster but I loved it.Even though its sad I recommend you to read it.

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.

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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Jul 16, 2018

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