Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on March 7th 2017
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?
There are no words in the history of ever to describe how I felt when reading Goodbye Days. I wasn’t expecting to be so moved by it, but I found it to be such a true and beautiful portrayal of grief and anxiety and friendship. I can’t imagine ever doing this justice.
“For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”
As I’ve said – before picking up this book, I had no real idea of what I was about to read. But it was clear from the very beginning that I had picked up something special, something that was really going to click with me. And it’s a brilliant feeling.
My heart swelled about three sizes every time I read about the Sauce Crew. The way I see it, there is something infinitely pure about a friendship between guys. There is no inhibition on being your true (disgusting) self. Sure, they talk less about their feelings, but there’s also a kind of un-restriction to completely be yourself. And I really found that to be true in their story, and I loved every single minute of it. These are my kind of guys, and at times I honestly forgot that this story involves three out of four guys dying, and when I remembered, it broke my heart all over again. Aside from these flashback scenes, their goodbye days and tributes were my favourite parts.
Zentner has a beautiful way of writing – this is my first book of his, but I was really impressed. It also really fit in with the narrator, Carver, who wants to be a writer. He used such beautiful words in a way that I never could.
I could probably gush about this for a while, but I think you’ll understand me better if you just pick up the book and read it.
Thank you NetGalley / Penguin Random House for providing me with a copy