Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days

Jeff Zentner30649795



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?“



I wonder if the actions we take and the words we speak are like throwing pebbles into a pond; they send ripples that extend farther out from the center until finally they break on the bank or disappear. I wonder if somewhere in the universe, there’s still a ripple that’s Blake and I sitting in this living room, laughing ourselves silly. Maybe it’ll break on some bank somewhere in the vast sky beyond our sight. Maybe it’ll disappear. Or maybe it’ll keep traveling for eternity.

This was such a beautifully written story of love, loss and guilt. I felt for all the characters, no matter how horrible they may have previously seemed.
There’s so many things about this book that make it so perfect.

The pros:
The Friendships. The stories and scenes of Carver with his three best friends, you can tell how close they are, how strong their love and friendship goes. Even with Carver getting to know Jesmyn, their friendship grows and has it’s own difficulties that are overcome. Even the smaller friendships that Carver makes with his therapist or the love and care he had for his friend’s Nana. These small things made this story perfect.

The stories. Learning about what each person knew about the boys who died, the family knowing one side, the friends knowing another, sharing those stories made me feel a mixture of strong emotions.

The words. The reactions, the speech, the feelings from each of the characters felt so genuine, so right. Even the extremely negative emotions and actions people were experiencing and doing made sense. Though sometimes cruel, it seemed realistic.

I’d recommend this to everyone, because it really does help to deal with grief and show how different people feel and react to it.

Life everywhere. Pulsing, humming. A great wheel turning. A light blinks out here, one replaces it there. Always dying. Always living. We survive until we don’t. All of this ending and beginning is the only thing that’s infinite.

Rating: 5/5!
Definitely would like to recommend this to everyone!
Buy this from: Book Depo or Amazon

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