Book Review Of “Goodbye Days” By Jeff Zentner
Can a text message destroy your life?
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.
Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help (From Goodreads)
*I received this book for free, Via Netgalley, In exchange of an honest review*
This book is 4.5 out of 5 stars for me.
I loved “The Serpent King” So when I saw that Jeff Zentner had a new book coming out, I was ecstatic. Even more so when I saw that it was on Netgalley.
This book was even better than “The Serpent King”. It doesn’t hold back, you are hit with emotions within the first chapter. There was several moments in this book, that tears were threatening to stream down my cheeks. You feel the emotions of the parents who lost their children, you feel the emotions of Carver feeling guilty, and feeling like he murdered his best friends. Of Jesmyn who lost her boyfriend. It was heart wrenching.
Than comes Mars, Eli, and Blake’s back story. So if you hadn’t been emotional before, grab tissue. However there is a light hearted-ness to this book as well, the Author does a fantastic job of putting on paper, how I would imagine a group of teenage boys would behave. The gross jokes, the talks, the secrets, and the moments that develop in friendship. This book was so superbly written, that I just could not put it down, and I will encourage everyone to read it. I also want to add the relationship between Carver and Jesmyn, was done perfectly! And I really loved the relationship between Carver and Georgia. Everything about this book, just felt so genuine and realistic.
So Guys, don’t hesitate, READ THIS BOOK!! Comes out March 7th, 2017
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. Jeff Zentner