I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Published by Blink/HarperCollins on May 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: ARC, eARC
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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.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but I’m so glad I read it.
Tatum was in the wrong place at the wrong time. While I may not have been in her exact circumstance, I’ve felt the way she feels. And I’ve also been grounded to the house for a long time. Teenage years…
Tatum comes into her own even though she’s not exactly happy about the rules she has to follow for the summer. She finds friends, works on other friendships, and quite possibly finds romance. But she also learns so much more about her family. I love that there’s such an emphasis on family. Things may not always seem like they are great, but if you put yourself in their position, maybe you can see what their thought process is.
I adored Tatum, and her friends. I liked seeing her grow more comfortable in her passion, and do things she hasn’t done before.
This would be a great summer read. It’s funny and heartwarming at the same time.
Christina June’s Favorite Authors Read This Year
- Tiffany D. Jackson
- Katy Upperman
- Katherine Locke
- Karen McManus
- Misa Suguira
- Sara Biren
- Angie Thomas
- Leah Henderson
- Sarah J. Maas
- Sally Thorne
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