Review : Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

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 it all crashed and burned, literally, after he wrote them out of existence with an inane text sent to his friend Mars–the last words his friends ever see. Carver can”t stop blaming himself for the fatal crash and he”s not the only one. Eli”s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. Even worse, Mars”s father, a powerful judge, pressures the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver”s actions. But Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli”s girlfriend, who is the only person to stand by him at school, and Blake”s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her–having him stand in as Blake for one last day doing all their favorite things so they can share memories and say a proper goodbye. 
Soon Eli and Mars”s 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 prison or a complete breakdown?

After reading a book like this one, i just feel so freaking grateful for being a bookworm because wow. Just wow. Sometimes, a story will hit you in the face with emotions and depth and Goodbye Days was one of those for me. What a crazy ride. This one is sad. So, so, so sad. I stopped counting the number of times i wanted to hug Carver. I can’t even start to imagine what it would be like to be in his situation. He’s so strong and so relatable. I loved him. I just want him to be okay. The story was incredibly well done. I cried. I felt for the characters, i was stuck into this story from the start. I have to say the “romance” part was meh for me. i didn’t enjoy those moments and i dislike how Carver reacted too. The ending did left me wanting more, i truly want to know how everybody is doing now. 

I have a lot of love for this story. It’s a good one, full of emotions and heartbreaks. It’s also the type of story that will make you think about many things. Friendship, family, death and life. 

Goodbye Days : 4.5/5


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