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Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

17/05/2017

Jeff Zenter’s last book, The Serpent King, was called one of the best young adult books of 2016 and it’s personally one of my favourite books. So when I had the opportunity to read his latest novel, Goodbye Days, I couldn’t turn it down.

 

Goodbye Days tells the story of Carver Briggs, who lost his three best friends in one car accident. A car accident that some people think he caused, even Carver himself thinks he’s to blame. As Carver struggles with losing his best friends and faces a lawsuit basically calling him a murderer, he helps his friends’ families gain closure with the idea of goodbye days, a day dedicated to his friend to say goodbye properly.

 

I loved, loved, loved this book. And that’s an understatement. Goodbye Days has all the components of an amazing YA novel (in my opinion). This book had lovable characters, an intriguing plot, drama and it was filled with more emotion than I could handle at some points. Goodbye Days gets straight to the point, opening with a tragedy and causing tears to pool in my eyes. Throughout the book I felt sadness, anger, love and I even laughed a bit. I fell in love with the characters that felt like real people, not just a person on a page. Falling in love with characters you know are dead is never good. The plot, however tragic, is intriguing and makes you keep turning the pages until there’s none left. I could not put this book down at certain points. The drama in this book is also addictive. The lawsuit storyline is so intense and the drama in between characters is also entertaining.

 

All in all, Goodbye Days is a phenomenal 5/5 star young adult read that will please anyone who reads it. The emotion, characters and drama makes this book one of the best out there. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a page-turning addictive read or fans of John Green, David Levithan or Morgan Matson.

 

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Image: Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

A Novel
By Zentner, Jeff
Image: Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

By Zentner, Jeff