July 20, 2017

#BookReview: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

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. 

Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter. Her second novel, EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE (a companion to IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE), will be published in 2018.

After I got over the first few chapters where the MC was pretty much thrown under the bus in a very unrealistic theft I really started to enjoy this one.  I wish that the first part would have been more realistic though. I would hope that our law enforcement would be better to our children. It was on camera that Tatum wasn't anywhere near the other two teens when they stoled stuff so why was she even charged.  She didn't know anything until they were arrested.  So that was kinda crappy if you ask me.  And the way her parents treated her after the fast was nuts.  I mean she didn't do anything wrong why were they pissed at her???   I would have fought for her a lot more than her parents did in my book they kinda sucked.  

After all that happened the book was pretty good it still had its issues but it was short and fast paced.  This is a book of secrets that if you can get past the first part you will be sucked in to the rest of it.  Parts of it were predictable though so that kinda sucked to. All in all it was a shorter book that was pretty straight forward.  I liked the MC and the side characters she meets up with etc.  but it just didn't have that flare for a 5 star book for me. 

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