Category: Book Review

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Posted March 24, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Goodbye Days by Jeff ZentnerGoodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Narrator: Michael Crouch
Published by Listening Library on 03-07-17
Genres: Adolescent Literature, Realistic Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads
five-stars

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident, and, even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.

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" together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye days 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?

The team of Zentner and Crouch are unstoppable!

After falling in love with Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, The Serpent King I knew I would pick up a copy of anything he wrote next. Goodbye Days proves that Zentner is a no a one hit wonder!

Goodbye Days are the one left behind, Carver “Blade” Briggs. Depending on who you ask, Blade may or may not have killed his three best friends. It all happened with a text message. Blade was working and the other three teens were in a car on their way from the movies to see him at his job at a local bookstore. Blade sent an innocent text asking

“Where are you guys? Text me back.”

Only the answering text never made it to Blade because his friend, Mars was texting and driving. The three teens: Mars, Eli, and Blake died due to Mars attempting to text back while he was driving. Now they are gone and Blade is dealing with the grief of loosing all his friends and his guilt at feeling like he killed them. Blade is not the only one that’s hard to him, others in the town think he should go to jail for his part in the death of his friends.

As Blade works through his guilt and grief he learns about the different sides of his friends and helps their loved ones learn about the side he knew. Zentner shows us Mars, Eli, and Blake through flashbacks and they feel like a true part of the story as we get the whole plot through Blade’s POV.

Don’t worry, even though the subject matter surrounding Jeff Zentner’s Goodbye Days is sad there are plenty of laughs to have. After all, a group of friends always has a “clown” and the flashbacks about Blake are very funny.

I highly recommend listening to Michael Crouch’s performance of Goodbye Days. He brings all the emotions up front and delivers the stories of these friends and their families to life.

 

About Michael Crouch

Michael Crouch is a New York actor specializing in voice-over. His keen ear and natural delivery have established him as a flexible and creative national talent.

About Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Dialogue
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Narration (Audio)
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted March 21, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted March 20, 2017 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review | 6 Comments

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Posted March 18, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Posted March 16, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted March 14, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

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