It Started with Goodbye
Author: Christina June
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
Praise for It Started With Goodbye:
“You won’t be able to put this book down. This heartfelt read totally sucked me in. A (Prince) Charming read.” — Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan
“Honest, fun,and entirely compelling, this is a story about how being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to a whole lot of right. Tatum is a character you’ll relate to, cheer for, and want to befriend.” — Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts
“Tatum’s complex and realistic relationships with her friends, family and the potential love interest will have you savoring every chapter while heavily anticipating the next. It Started With Goodbye is an adorable and clever contemporary that will enthrall you with its fairytale-esque charm.” — Ami Allen-Vath, author of Liars and Losers Like Us
“I loved this fun, contemporary take on the Cinderella tale that explores what it takes to be yourself while finding your place in life, love,and your family. June’s characters are vividly drawn, complex people that you’ll want to root for, and Tatum’s story will strike a chord for anyone who’s felt like they were misunderstood.” — Lisa Maxwell, author of Unhooked, Sweet Unrest and Gathering Deep
“A sweet and satisfying portrait of family, friendship, and discovering your own path. Tatum’s journey from fear and disappointment to honesty and freedom to be herself is one that will resonate with many readers.” — Ashley Herring Blake, author of Suffer Love
“A fresh, charming debut, brimming with friendship, family, and love.” — Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing
It Started with Goodbye is an entertaining contemporary romance that is the absolute perfect book for the start of the summer season. The book is pretty much a modern day Cinderella retelling, so if you’re interested in retellings, this is a pretty fun one that works with today’s day and age to make a great YA novel.
It Started with Goodbye explores friendship and the inevitability of change and how to embrace it rather than fight it, which is a wonderful theme for a YA book. It also deals with love and how to embrace that and let good things into your heart, as well.
Our main character, sixteen year old Tatum, is pretty much under house arrest with her stepmother after being framed for a crime that she never committed – making her absolutely miserable. To top it off, her best friend has essentially dropped out of her life and she doesn’t get to talk to her anymore, making her already terrible days even worse. So when she starts community service, she also decides to start a graphics design operation, even though it isn’t something she should be doing – so she is secretive about it.
Turns out, Tatum isn’t the only one who is keeping secrets in her life, and she has the chance to fix things with her family and her friends when this information comes to light. Tatum tries to turn things around for herself with a brand new outlook on her life, and hope that things are a little bit better this time around.
I loved Tatum’s character – she is so full of life and multi-dimensional, as well as incredibly fun and likable. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to connect with her character, but as the book went on and we not only got to learn more about her, but also see her attitude changes and the way that she progressed as a character throughout the book, I really found myself enjoying reading her story.
The story itself was perfectly paced and it flowed pretty smoothly, and I loved how it was so Cinderella-orientated. I love fairy tale retellings so I knew I would enjoy this, especially because it takes place in the present. It was definitley something I knew I would like and was pleasantly surprised that it really was as great as I had been hoping for!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thank you!
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters.
Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter.
Her debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, will be published by Blink/HarperCollins on May 9, 2017.
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