Nothing this summer had gone the way I imagined. But maybe it was supposed to be that way so I could turn the page and move onto a new, clean chapter in my story.
Title: It Started With Goodbye
Author: Christina June
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retellings
Publisher: Blink/Harper Collins
Date Published: May 9, 2017
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.
It Started With Goodbye is one of the best contemporaries I have ever read. I loved everything about it. The characters were incredibly complex, the plot was fun to read, and the retelling aspect was fantastic.
First, I am going to talk about the characters. I loved Tatum. She had a certain resilience to her that I really appreciated and respected. She also is super relatable and has a cool graphic design business. Another character that I adored was Tilly (I may be biased because we have some stuff in common)! Although we don’t see much of her until the end, I found myself wanting to know more about her.
Next, we have the plot. It made the book very fun to read but with a serious undertone. So, I would say that this is the perfect book to read anytime of year when you want a quick contemporary novel.
Finally, we have the retelling aspect. For those of you who didn’t know, It Started With Goodbye is a modern retelling of Cinderella. It was great to see little elements of the Cinderella story with a modern twist throughout the book. Overall, It Started With Goodbye is a really quick and fun read and I highly recommend it!
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Goodreads 2018: 36/100