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review 2017-04-23 05:21
Goodbye Days
Goodbye Days - Jeff Zentner

Carver Briggs is a high school student at Nashville Academy for the Arts. He makes up one fourth of the Sauce Crew along with his best friends Blake, Eli and Mars. Carver's talent is writing. The cruel irony is that he just killed his three best friends with a simple text that said "Where are you guys? Text me back." He blames himself but he's not the only one - Mars's father, who is also a judge, is pushing for a criminal investigation into Carver's actions. But Carver's not alone. He has supportive parents and a supportive older sister. He's become close with Eli's girlfriend Jesmyn. And Nana Betsy, Blake's grandma, is on his side. Nana Betsy suggests they spend a day together sharing their memories of Blake and to say a proper goodbye. The other families want Carver to spend a day with them as well, sharing a side of their son they never knew, but he's not sure it's a good idea especially when Mars's father tells him he wants to have a Goodbye Day.

I knew I was going to love this book before I finished the first page. The writing was good and made the pages fly by. I enjoyed getting a glimpse here and there of the Sauce Crew - just regular teenage boys getting together and laughing at stupid stuff and enjoying life and peanut butter and banana milkshakes. I liked the idea of getting together with the families and sharing memories. I think this book is very important in this day and age where most people's cell phones are glued to their hand and their eyes glued to their cell phone. I felt bad for Carver. I felt bad for everyone involved. What a tragedy - one that could have been avoided.

Thank you to LibraryThing and to Crown Books for Young Readers for providing me with a hardcover copy.

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review 2017-04-21 18:30
Liked it better than 'Tidying Up' but it's probably not for everyone.
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minima... Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism - Fumio Sasaki

Recently I've been wanting to learn more about minimalism and this book caught my eye. This book, however, is less about cleaning/tidying and more about having less. Some of the sentiments are similar: actually saying goodbye to things to be discarded, not buying multiple items/only making purchases of essentials like paper towels when necessary, take pictures of items you really like, rent items instead of buying them, etc. 

 

Some of this really spoke to me in my own personal life (living more simply, that it's okay to live with less, how the author lives, etc.). In some ways Kondo's style didn't quite gel for me and some of the oddities others have discussed were also things that didn't work for me. Perhaps my style is more about minimalism, I'm not sure.

 

That said, some of the critiques for the book are on target. Sometimes the text is a little repetitive. The latter parts of the books where the author discusses his own personal experiences were not interesting for me. And while I could understand his discussion of Steve Jobs and the aesthetics of Apple products, I'm not that big of a fan and could have gone without the multiple mentions.

 

But depending on what you're looking for, this could be a book for you. It's fairly skimmable. That said, like the author mentions it was definitely a book I think was best to borrow from the library rather than to buy. But as an introduction or a book to give to someone as a gift it might not be a bad place to start and keep, especially if you find the author's personal experiences helpful.

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review 2017-03-13 20:12
Goodbye Days
Goodbye Days - Jeff Zentner

This was an emotional read, I felt the guilt that Carver carried with him and had it been me, heck yeah, I would have felt like Carter, I was guilty! As the novel slowly unraveled, I started to see other pieces start to show themselves and I saw another side of this story and I started to wonder, was Carter really guilty? Slamming into a truck, traveling over 70 mph, Mars tried to respond to Carver’s text but he never finished it. Mars and two best buddies were killed, was Carver responsible for their deaths? It’s clear the Carver knew that Mars would be the fastest one to respond to his text and it’s clear that Carver knew that Mars would be the one driving the car but did he know his three best friends would be dead because of that text?

 

There are days that Carver can hardly keep his head on his shoulders, he is emotionally drained as he tries to continue living his own life while the ramifications of what that text had on the world around him is clearly visible. His three best friends are no longer with him, school is no longer the same, his life has been changed dramatically, these boy’s parent’s lives have been changed extremely and Carver wonders how he can ever move on. There are individuals in his life that push him forward, pull him under, confuse the hell out of him, and fill his head with notions. They are coming from all over. Carter has flashbacks, his own set of memoirs with his friends that show me that this band of brothers were close, they were thick and these memories are what Carver needs to help him move forward. I laughed, I wanted to punch a few individuals, and I was proud of a few people who shined. This was a wonderful novel and I was so excited to read it.
I received a free copy of this novel from Read It Forward and Random House Kids as part of the Silent Book Club Sweepstakes - thank you. This review is my opinion.

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review 2017-03-12 04:43
When
Goodbye Paradise - Sarina Bowen

Joshua & Caleb grew up together in a bit of a cult commune.  Feelings are not allowed.  Especially for a best friend who has never looked at you.

 

Caleb has many surprises in store for Joshua, if only they can get away safely.  There is danger everywhere.  Can the get to help in time?

 

Heartwarming and gentle, while being full of surprises!  I was rooting for the leads to get together from the get go.  It is hard not to when this author makes them so lovable.  I wonder what the next book in this Hello Goodbye series will hold?  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-17 13:00
Blog tour and review for both book 1 and 2 of Saying Goodbye
Saying Goodbye, Part Two - Abigail Drake Saying Goodbye, Part Two - Abigail Drake

Saying Goodbye: Part 1
Abigail Drake
(Passports and Promises #1)
Publication date: September 10th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Samantha Barnes always dreamed of seeing the world, and only has a few months left before she starts a semester abroad in Japan. Enough time to say goodbye to her friends, polish up her language skills, and maybe even squeeze in a quick fling with handsome fraternity boy Dylan Hunter.

All she wants from Dylan is something casual, and perhaps some mind-blowing sex, but things don’t work out as planned. Dylan wants a lot more from her than a hook-up. Before Sam realizes what’s happening, their relationship has become serious, something she never intended. And then she discovers Dylan is hiding a dark secret that makes breaking up with him nearly impossible.

Sam is running out of time. She has to leave soon. She has no choice. But leaving Dylan could mean more than just the end of their relationship. It could also mean destroying him completely.

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Saying Goodbye: Part 2
Abigail Drake
(Passports and Promises #1)
Publication date: September 10th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

What if you meet the right person…at absolutely the wrong time?

When Samantha Barnes starts her semester abroad in Japan, she brings along a heavy load of emotional baggage. With her ex-boyfriend in the midst of a mental health crisis back home, she’d been forced to make some difficult choices, choices that now fill her with guilt and remorse. She also made promises to him she isn’t sure she can keep, especially when she meets Thomas MacGregor, an irresistibly charming Scottish rugby player. Thomas is studying at the same university as Samantha, and, although she tries to fight it, she begins to fall for him. Hard.

Life in Kyoto is everything Samantha could imagine, but, when tragedy strikes, it sends her on a downward spiral into darkness. Will she be able to come to terms with what happened, and have a future with Thomas, or will she forever be plagued by regret?

Forgiveness is a tricky thing, especially when the person you need to forgive most is yourself.

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My Review for both books!!!!!

What a sad and emotional book to read. Sam her character was something else. I really loved that she wasn't a perfect person, that she had plenty of flaws. 

In the first part book 1, Sam meets Dylan. Sam just wants to have a fling before she goes away to Japan for a semester, of course it doesn't turn out the way she planned it. And things just get so messed up. Sam finds out things about herself and Dylan, during this time that really screws her up. She also has to deal with something awful that happens to one of her friends. Book 1 gets a four star rating from me.

In book 2 Sam and Dylan aren't together anymore, due to things that happened in the first book. While Dylan wasn't my favorite person, I felt really bad for him, I am not going to say what.

So in this book Sam decides she isn't going to get involved with anyone else, but of course that doesn't work out the way she planned either. Due to the fact she meets Thomas, who won't take no for an answer.

I really loved Thomas and I was rooting for Sam and him, from their very interesting first meet. At first it was more of a friendship, of course onces it becomes much more, something happens. Sam finds out about something back home, and she pushes Thomas away.

I felt so bad for Thomas. I can understand why Sam felt the way she did, but she should have talked to Thomas about how she was feeling. I really loved how the book ended, and when you read the letter Sam gets from either Thomas or Dylan towards the end. Believe you will be in tears. This part gets 4 1/2 stars from me. So all together it gets 4 1/2 stars from me. I am so happy I was given a spot in the book tour for this sad, emotional, book. And I voluntarily requested a spot on this tour, my opinions are my own and no one else's. I would definitely recommend this book to my blog followers, friends, and family, its a book that deals with a lot of series topics. And it will hit home to a lot of its readers. 

 

Author Bio:

Abigail Drake has spent her life traveling the world, and collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and International Economics in college and worked in import/export and as an ESL teacher before she committed herself full time to writing. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky, light, fun, and sexy. Abigail is a trekkie, a book hoarder, the master of the Nespresso machine, a red wine addict, and the mother of three boys (probably the main reason for her red wine addiction). A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left.

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