Books On Our Radar: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

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Books On Our Radar: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner is one of those books that I can’t wait for. I was late to reading Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King, but once I did…wow. It blew me away. It was so real, messy, and just brilliant. So of course, based on his amazing debut novel, I can’t wait to read his beautiful words again! Not to be outdone, it looks as though Goodbye Days will be a real tear jerker…and these days I apparently can’t get enough of those books that break me, in the best way possible, but also put me back together again. It has a very very timely message, as more and more people are texting and driving, and for most, it only takes it happening to you or someone you know before it makes a real impact in changing behaviors. I hope that the message is poignant and I hope no one else has to lose anyone due to a distracted driver accident.  I am eagerly awaiting March 7th, so be sure to add it to your TBR!


Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: March 7th, 2017; Crown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon

Can a text message destroy your life?

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?


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