Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

30649795Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Death, Friendship

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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.


That was seriously intense. I was expecting profound and emotional from Jeff Zentner, but good God, I was so invested in the story I may have skipped two meals yesterday. No one could have taken this book away from me, unless they wanted to lose a finger.

Carver unintentionally killed his three best friends by sending the driver—Mars—a text message the latter answered while driving. Now he blames himself, and so do other people who want to see him behind bars.

I had no idea you could go to prison for texting someone while they’re driving, knowing they’re driving and will reply to you immediately. It makes sense. You should know better. Carver definitely should have known better. But the question remains: will he be convicted?

Although there are many sad scenes and death is one of the main themes, this isn’t a depressive book. Carver often thinks about the happy moments he and his friends shared. We get to know his best friends very well, despite their departure.

The goodbye days themselves are a good idea. They are important to Carver, but especially to the departed’s families. They help them remember their sons and say goodbye in another setting besides a graveyard.

This is a slow-paced book, so gather your patience before starting it. It also might make you cry, so keep some tissues next to you just in case. That’s it. You’re ready to experience Goodbye Days. Enjoy.


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