I was so excited to participate in my first ARC tour for this ARC of Goodbye Days. Thank you Stefani from Caught Read Handed for hosting this tour. Jeff Zentner’s first book The Serpent King was so good that I knew Goodbye Days was bound to be just as amazing. I was not disappointed. Mr. Zentner is 2 for 2!
Goodbye Days was a gut wrenching, heart breaking, book that somehow leaves you with hope. Carver’s three best friends are killed in a car accident on the way to pick him up from work. Carver blames himself because he had texted them while they were on the way to get him. Not only does he blame himself, others in the community including some of the parents of the dead boys, blame him as well. Carver is also haunted by the fact that he didn’t get to tell his best friends goodbye, so he decides to hold goodbye days for each of his friends. He invites members of the family of each of his friends to participate. The goodbye days are spent doing some of their favorite things, eating their favorite foods, sharing memories, and hanging out at their favorite spots. These were my favorite parts of the book. Reading about each of the boys and their unique talents and qualities was so hard to read. In all of the goodbye days, Carver learned something new about his friends, and the parents learned more about their son. This book explores the deep and unbreakable bond of friendship, how important love and support from family is, and the healing power of forgiving others as well as yourself.
This book publishes March 7