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What would you do if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?  From the award winning author of The Serpent King comes an acclaimed story of grief, guilt and the chance to say goodbye. And don''t miss the author''s highly anticipated new book, In the Wild Light!

“Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming.” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything.
Where are you guys? Text me back. That''s the last message Carver Briggs will ever send his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought that it would lead to their death.

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 day 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?

“Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you.” —Becky Albertalli, Morris Award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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"Jeff Zentner, you perfectly fill the John-Green-sized hole in our heart."Justine Magazine

“Evocative, heartbreaking, and beautifully written."
Buzzfeed

"Masterful." —Teen Vogue

Tender, honest, moving, and lyrical. Zentner is the real thing.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Printz Honor winner

An Indie Next List Selection


" Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent."— Booklist, Starred

"Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events."— Publishers Weekly, Starred

" [E]xquisite and tragic." – Shelf Awareness, Starred

"[A] novel full of wisdom." — Kirkus

"[The] kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty." — SLJ

"An organic, frequently raw narrative." – Horn Book

"Tissues not optional." The Bulletin


Praise for Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King


A William C. Morris Award Winner
A New York Times Notable Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
An Indie Next List Top Ten Selection

A Paste Magazine and Popcrush Most Anticipated YA Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Spring Flying Start


" Move over, John Green; Zentner is coming for you." —The New York Public Library

Will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” —Book Riot

“A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it’s as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking.” —P aste Magazine

“A brutally honest portrayal of teen life . . . [and] a love letter to the South from a man who really understands it.” — Mashable

“Zentner’s great achievement — particularly impressive for a first novel — is to make us believe three such different people could be friends. He also manages to blend a dank, oppressive, Flannery O’Connor-esque sense of place with humor and optimism .... I adored all three of these characters and the way they talked to and loved one another.” — New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jeff Zentner is the acclaimed author of The Serpent King. In addition to writing, he is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. Goodbye Days is his love letter to the city of Nashville and the talented people who populate it. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son. You can follow him on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @jeffzentner.

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Chapter One

Depending on who—­sorry, whom—­you ask, I may have killed my three best friends.

If you ask Blake Lloyd’s grandma, Nana Betsy, I think she’d say no. That’s because when she first saw me earlier today, she grabbed me in a huge, tearful hug and whispered in my ear: “You are not responsible for this, Carver Briggs. God knows it and so do I.” And Nana Betsy tends to say what she thinks. So there’s that.

If you ask Eli Bauer’s parents, Dr. Pierce Bauer and Dr. Melissa Rubin-­Bauer, I expect they’d say maybe. When I saw them today, they each looked me in the eyes and shook my hand. In their faces, I saw more bereavement than anger. I sensed their desolation in the weakness of their handshakes. And I’m guessing part of their fatigue was over whether to hold me accountable in some way for their loss. So they go down as a maybe. Their daughter, Adair? Eli’s twin? We used to be friends. Not like Eli and I were, but friends. I’d say she’s a “definitely” from the way she glowers at me as if she wishes I’d been in the car too. She was doing just that a few minutes ago, while talking with some of our classmates attending the funeral.

Then there’s Judge Frederick Douglass Edwards and his ex-­wife, Cynthia Edwards. If you ask them if I killed their son, Thurgood Marshall “Mars” Edwards, I expect you’d hear a firm “probably.” When I saw Judge Edwards today, he towered over me, immaculately dressed as always. Neither of us spoke for a while. The air between us felt hard and rough as stone. “It’s good to see you, sir,” I said finally, and extended my sweating hand.

“None of this is good,” he said in his kingly voice, jaw muscles clenching, looking above me. Beyond me. As though he thought if he could persuade himself of my insignificance, he could persuade himself that I had nothing to do with his son’s death. He shook my hand like it was both his duty and his only way of hurting me.

Then there’s me. I would tell you that I definitely killed my three best friends.

Not on purpose. I’m pretty sure no one thinks I did it on purpose; that I slipped under their car in the dead of night and severed the brake lines. No, here’s the cruel irony for the writer I am: I wrote them out of existence. Where are you guys? Text me back. Not a particularly good or creative text message. But they found Mars’s phone (Mars was driving) with a half-­composed text responding to me, just as I requested. It looks like that was what he was working on when he slammed into the rear of a stopped semi on the highway at almost seventy miles per hour. The car went under the trailer, shearing off the top.

Am I certain that it was my text message that set into motion the chain of events that culminated in my friends’ deaths? No. But I’m sure enough.

I’m numb. Blank. Not yet in the throes of the blazing, ringing pain I’m certain waits for me in the unrolling days ahead. It’s like once when I was chopping onions to help my mom in the kitchen. The knife slipped and I sliced open my hand. There was this pause in my brain as if my body needed to figure out it had been cut. I knew two things right then: (1) I felt only a quick strike and a dull throbbing. But the pain was coming. Oh, was it coming. And (2) I knew that in a second or two, I was about to start raining blood all over my mom’s favorite bamboo cutting board (yes, people can form deep emotional attachments to cutting boards; no, I don’t get it so don’t ask).

So I sit at Blake Lloyd’s funeral and wait for the pain. I wait to start bleeding all over everything.

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Sophie
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Jeff Zentner turned my world upside down and I need to recover.
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2017
“I’ve heard that people who lose a limb have a “phantom limb,” which itches and senses pain as though their body’s forgotten that it’s gone. I have a trinity of phantoms.” 6 ugly crying stars Ugh, I don’t know if I was hormonal (I’m a girl so it... See more
“I’ve heard that people who lose a limb have a “phantom limb,” which itches and senses pain as though their body’s forgotten that it’s gone. I have a trinity of phantoms.”

6 ugly crying stars

Ugh, I don’t know if I was hormonal (I’m a girl so it happens), an easy cryer (might be) or if this book was extremely emotional (undoubtedly) but I cried buckets while reading Goodbye Days.
I was on the train and big fat tears kept falling on my cheeks, along my neck… I was sniffling all the time (how gracious I know). I tried every trick I know: looking at the ceiling to try avoiding the tears; blowing my nose at the slightest inkling of water; chanting “this is not true, this is fiction, Carver/Blade does NOT exist”; telling myself to “breathe in, breath out, blow slowly….” NOTHING WORKED.
By the end of the book I had puffy red eyes and a congested nose. As I read till the wee hours to finish the story I was sporting slits for eyes the morning after and yawning all the time at work.

Jeff Zentner with his Goodbye Days opened my chest, tore my heart out and scattered the remaining pieces all around the floor.

Blade/Carver had lost his tree best friends, the Sauce Crew in a car accident and he HURT all the time. Worse he was texting the driver just before the accident happened and he feels guilty. He is drowning in guilt. Not only survivor guilt but “maybe murderer of your best friends” guilt.
The “beat me up”, despise me because I’m undeserving of forgiveness guilt.

All along when I witnessed people conspiring against Blade, be it Adair Eli’s twin sister, Eli’s dad or Mars’s father JudgeEdward I really wanted to shout: open your eyes guys! Maybe he sent that text but the driver was a fool. He could choose not to answer while driving. He could have been careful and wise! It’s not Blade’s fault it’s Mars fault! How could they not see it? I was beyond rightfully indignant. I was MAD at these people.

Now I guess it’s easier to blame someone alive than a dead guy. With Blade they had an outlet. They could throw all their anger and grief to his head. They could hurt him as much as they were hurting. They could…
And Blade was crumbling under the sorrow, the guilt, the grief. He had panic attacks. He wanted to disappear.

This story addresses the topic of grief. All the ways people use to cope with grief. The sorrow, the anger, the acceptance and then the forgiveness.

The goodbye days were beautiful sometimes, dreadful other times or a harsh catharsis.

Blade was a generous and vulnerable character. He was gutted by what happened and wore his heart on his sleeve. Jesmyn helped him cope with the grief and she was a lovely character as well but Blade has a rare uniqueness in his frailty and honesty.

I loved Blade. Fiercely. Protectively. Utterly and unconditionally.

I loved Nana Betsy her strength and generosity.

I loved Georgia she was a kickass big sister.

I loved reading about Sauce Crew and their pranks. I was baffled when I read what happened to Blake and realize he still had not a bad word about anyone.

I loved Jeff Zentner’s writing, so realistic, sensitive and vivid. It hit every cranny and nook in my soul. It made me bleed out.

I loved…everything. I can’t fault a thing in this book. Because it made me feel. It made me hurt and smile sometimes. It made me fear the worse. It made me forget my world and live in Blade’s heavy world for some hours. That’s what I expect from books: to make me travel and experience other’s lives. To make me ponder and think on hard topics.

Jeff Zentner turned my world upside down and I need to recover.

Oh and replenish my stock of tissues.
And invest in waterproof mascara.
And sleep some more.
And …
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Goodbye Days is something special that needs to be read by the masses.
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017
I fully admit that 99.9% of the time I am a romance reader. There is something about YA fiction written from the male perspective that resonates in my soul. Last year, I picked up The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner after some buzz around Instagram. I was completely immersed... See more
I fully admit that 99.9% of the time I am a romance reader. There is something about YA fiction written from the male perspective that resonates in my soul. Last year, I picked up The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner after some buzz around Instagram. I was completely immersed in that world and knew that Jeff would become one of my favorite authors. When I was gifted the ARC of Goodbye Days, I didn''t realize that this book would change me the way my GOAT The Perks of Being a Wallflower has. I''m going to be completely honest, I had no idea what Goodbye Days was about. I just knew I had to read it because Jeff wrote it.

Carver Briggs is attending the funerals of his three best friends. He wasn''t involved in their accident but feels wholly responsible. Goodbye Days takes place after the months of the accident. Jeff writes grief like I''ve never read before. You can''t help but ache for Carver, Nana Betsy and Jesmyn. Their loss is so severe that it was hard to read but I could not stop.

It''s really hard to write anything without giving the book away, but man, I was hooked. I allowed myself five days to read Goodbye Days and I''m glad I did. I was able to savor this haunting, poetic and heartfelt book the way it should be read. You don''t just read this book, you feel it. As a thirty-something mother, maybe it''s my emotions that got me invested in Goodbye Days. The emotional connection I felt with Carver was staggering. I cried with him, laughed with him, cringed with him.

Goodbye Days is a book I wish was written when I was in high school in the late 90''s early 2000''s. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wishes to get away from the mundane overdone tropes of romance for something real and special. That''s what Goodbye Days is....special.
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Considering consequences isn''t always a bad thing.
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2017
I picked up this book knowing absolutely nothing about it. I loved Zentner''s other book and he''s a really nice guy so I knew I would read it no matter what and I''m really glad I did. I''ll tell you a little what it''s about, three teenagers have just died in a horrible... See more
I picked up this book knowing absolutely nothing about it. I loved Zentner''s other book and he''s a really nice guy so I knew I would read it no matter what and I''m really glad I did. I''ll tell you a little what it''s about, three teenagers have just died in a horrible texting and driving accident and Carver the 4th best friend who was doing the texting has to somehow figure out how to live his life. The story was about his grief and overcoming in, serving without his friends and making new ones, basically saying goodbye to his friends through living. It was a hard read and effected me more than I thought it would. Truth moment! I am that horrible texting and driving person, I don''t when it could put others in danger - ever. I only do it at red lights, or when I''m the only one on the road, or no one is near me. Still you never know. This book got personal about the effects of doing that exact thing. It made me open my eyes and look at the way I''ve been driving and what could happen. It was gorgeous in that aspect. One of the things I didn''t like was the jail storyline. See carver has just lost his 3 friends, he has to go through senior year semi alone, and his life is forever going to be described as the guy who lived even though he wasn''t in the car. Why worry about him going to jail? It wouldn''t even be possible. Anyways, it was a really good look at grief, and the emotional turmoil it can go along with it. His panic attacks seemed very real, having had panic attacks myself I felt what he felt and it made me hurt knowing he was suffering through it. Jesmyn was a good addition to the story. I loved their friendship and how they were there for each other through the pain. Honestly the goodbye Days themselves with the parents hurt the most. I cried more with Eli''s parents than Blake''s grandmother or even Mar''s horrible dad. The emotional breaking that the parents had to go through was just so much... I couldn''t imagine that as a parent. Anyways, I say all that to say this, it''s a good book and I love it.
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Carol (bookish_notes)
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Read With a Box of Tissues
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017
The Serpent King was one of my favorite books of 2016 and now Jeff Zentner is back again with Goodbye Days. I''ve been putting off reading this book because I knew from the summary that this would be a heavy, emotional read. I would definitely recommend reading this book... See more
The Serpent King was one of my favorite books of 2016 and now Jeff Zentner is back again with Goodbye Days. I''ve been putting off reading this book because I knew from the summary that this would be a heavy, emotional read. I would definitely recommend reading this book with at least a box of tissues within arms reach. I managed to become entirely immersed in the story and Carver''s life, and this book is just raw emotion. It handles grief, loss, family, and religion in a way that I''ve rarely read in YA books.

Goodbye Days is told from only one point-of-view - Carver Briggs, the boy who sent a text that may or may not have caused the death of his three best friends. The Sauce Crew. A group of four boys (Carver Briggs, Blake Lloyd, Eli Bauer, and Mars Edwards) who have been inseparable ever since they met. The story seamlessly weaves their history into Carver''s present day. Their stories are beautiful and normal, young and invincible.

This book shows grief can come in many forms. Blake, Eli, and Mars'' families grieve in different ways. Blake''s grandmother wishes to celebrate the life of brilliant, comedic grandson; Eli''s parents want nothing to do with Carver; Mars'' father is a judge and wants to see someone blamed for the death of his son.

And all the while, Carver blames himself.

Carver, luckily, isn''t left to handle his grief and anguish alone. I love that this story has a support system for Carver. He has his older sister, Georgia, and Eli''s girlfriend, Jesmyn, who try to support him, even when, in Jesmyn''s case, she''s grieving too. When Carver starts experiencing panic attacks, I like that this story shows Carver getting professional help and seeing a therapist and I enjoyed reading his sessions with Dr. Mendez. These sessions are healing to read in a way I didn''t expect. Dr. Mendez''s suggestion to have Carver tell stories during their sessions seems kind of odd at first, but I loved seeing how all this fell into place at the end of the book.

There''s something grounding about this book. The grief feels real. It''s relatable for anyone who has ever experienced loss. I love that Zentner doesn''t shy away from talking about religion in his books and in Goodbye Days, he shows what God means to the three grieving families and shows something differeint from all their perspectives. Does believing in God and heaven and hell make the death of a beloved one any easier? This book never makes it seem like bleieving is ever superior to not believing. Religion is woven into this story without ever shoving it in your face, because it seems to be a part of the characters. Whether or not the character believe in Christianity, in the end, the dead are still gone.

The last chapter absolutely just broke my heart, but in an uplifting sort of way. This book is heart-wrenching, and yet it manages to slowly piece together a shattered heart as you go through this story with Carver. I loved reading Goodbye Days. This writing is beautiful, and the story just hits you in the feels. I would highly recommend this book for all ages, not just YA readers.

***Thanks to Random House for providing me an ARC through NetGalley***
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R.I.B.
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Once You Get Past The Premise
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2017
Carver''s three best friends die in a car crash that may have been caused by him texting the driver a question. Carver faces possible prosecution for this act. Also going on,he has to also confront all the people who were hurt by this accident, along with healing himself,... See more
Carver''s three best friends die in a car crash that may have been caused by him texting the driver a question. Carver faces possible prosecution for this act. Also going on,he has to also confront all the people who were hurt by this accident, along with healing himself, with the help of a therapist. Man, at first I didn''t want to like this book at all. The Serpent King was just a wonderful book, and I was so offended by the ridiculous premise--that anyone would go to jail for an innocuous text is absurd beyond belief. However, once I got past this I found a work of beauty, with poetic prose and scenes of characters finding redemption in the simple things that make enrich our lives. Also, the whole idea of goodby days is such a unique and wonderful way of helping these characters reach epiphanies. Jeff Zentner is a hell of a writer.
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Hope Jones
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Heartwrenching and Hopeful
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017
This book was hard for me to read. Not in a bad way, in a ''I''m about to tap into parts of me that I''ve been pushing down'' kind of way. I lost one of my best friends less than 6 months ago and I still have a lot of guilt around how she passed. Carver, the main character in... See more
This book was hard for me to read. Not in a bad way, in a ''I''m about to tap into parts of me that I''ve been pushing down'' kind of way. I lost one of my best friends less than 6 months ago and I still have a lot of guilt around how she passed. Carver, the main character in this story, loses his 3 best friends and feels like he is the cause of their death, so there''s a lot of grief, guilt, fear that he''s dealing with throughout the story. So saying this story hit a little close to home would be an understatement. That being said, one of the reasons I love Zentner''s writing is that he has a way of breaking you open and then piecing you back together. Truly, a master craftsman. He tends to build the emotion in a scene so deftly that it seems the simplest scenes wreck me the most. Like, this character is totally just drinking a milkshake and I''m snotting everywhere what is happening?! I don''t know how he does that. There were so many lines that I loved and scenes that I reread because they were so perfectly drawn. Like The Serpent King, although the book hurts at times, Zentner always leaves you with hope.
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Garrett Hutson
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An emotional and gripping YA story about loss and hope
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
This is the second book by Jeff Zentner that I have read, and it did not disappoint. Carver Briggs lost his three best friends in a car crash when one of them replied to Carver''s text message while driving, and this is where the book begins. The story pulls you in... See more
This is the second book by Jeff Zentner that I have read, and it did not disappoint. Carver Briggs lost his three best friends in a car crash when one of them replied to Carver''s text message while driving, and this is where the book begins. The story pulls you in immediately. You feel Carver''s pain, and are rooting for him from the beginning. There were several moments that almost made me cry. A beautiful story about overcoming grief and guilt, remembering and honoring those we''ve lost, and looking to the future. Along with Zentner''s previous book, The Serpent King, I highly recommend this one.
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Vikki
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Emotionally draining but good
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2017
So this was an emotionally hard read for me. Three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake are killed in a car accident due to distracted driving-- texting their fourth best friend, Carver. Of course, Carver is racked with guilt for being the cause of the accident and embarks... See more
So this was an emotionally hard read for me. Three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake are killed in a car accident due to distracted driving-- texting their fourth best friend, Carver. Of course, Carver is racked with guilt for being the cause of the accident and embarks on his senior year of high school alone. With the possibility of being charged with his friends murders hanging over his head as well as some of the families blaming him for the accident, Blake starts to have panic attacks. At the request of one of the families and suggestion of his therapist, Blake does a "goodbye day" for each of the families where Carver takes the place of deceased member and spends the day with them doing what they would want to do with their family member if they had one last day with them. They share stories and things about the person that no one else knew. This has varying degrees of success with each of the families but it gives insight into grief and the preciousness of life. There were some great quotes in this book but overall I thought the plot and the sequence of events made me stumble when reading this book. I wanted to love this book because I loved the Serpent King but I had a hard time getting into the book and relating to the characters at times. Maybe if the book began before the accident so the reader could get to know the characters before they died and therefore be more emotionally connected and invested in them, it may have read better. And for whatever reason, I could not buy into the possibility of Carver facing murder charges for texting his friend. For this reason, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.
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The Bibliophile Girl
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I was happy that an author was finally going to write about ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 19, 2017
After first reading the blurb for Goodbye Days, I was happy that an author was finally going to write about the dangers of texting and driving. It''s such a dangerous thing to do and so many people die because of it. So to have a young adult book address this is amazing. One...See more
After first reading the blurb for Goodbye Days, I was happy that an author was finally going to write about the dangers of texting and driving. It''s such a dangerous thing to do and so many people die because of it. So to have a young adult book address this is amazing. One day Carver Briggs had it all--three best friends, a supportive family and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts. The next day it all crashed and burned, literally, after he wrote them out of existence with a text sent to his friend Mars--the last words his friends ever see. Carver can''t stop blaming himself for the fatal crash and he''s not the only one. But Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli''s girlfriend, who is the only person to stand by him at school, and Blake''s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her--having him stand in as Blake for one last day doing all their favorite things so they can share memories and say a proper goodbye. Soon Eli and Mars''s families are asking for a Goodbye Day 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 prison or a complete breakdown? This book gripped me immediately. We were taken straight into the story line and I felt like no build up was necessary; we were given character foundations through flashbacks that Carver had. I just felt so sorry for Carver but it also made me think about my actions. Carver knew that Mars was driving when he text him and Mars went to answer Carver''s text. Who''s in the wrong? Carver or Mars? Personally, I text my Mom when I know she is driving, but I know that she''ll reply once she is parked up. So does that make me equally as guilty as Carver? I don''t know... let me know your thoughts on this... I also loved how panic attack were portrayed in Goodbye Days, I think Zentner describes them spot on. I actually got quite emotional reading Carver have a panic attack because it made me realise how scary it is for the people around you to witness it happening. However, there were a few problematic areas for me.... 1) During one of the flashbacks, Carver and Blake are shown to make jokes about hanging themselves and they then go on to imitate cutting their wrists... This was deeply upsetting to read, because it shouldn''t be used in a humorous context.. 2) The second problematic area for me was when *slight spoiler ahead* Blake came out as gay to Carver but then Carver automatically questioned Blake as to why Blake wasn''t attracted to him. Just because someone is gay or lesbian, that does not mean that they are automatically attracted to everyone who is the same sex. So yeah, those were the two problematic areas for me that made me feel slightly uncomfortable. But this was a very good book and I loved the way Zentner showed that it wasn''t strange to see a therapist to get some help. He made it feel normal (to a certain extent. There were a few times where Carver asked if he "was crazy yet?" that didn''t really sit right with me. Having panic attacks doesn''t make you ''crazy'') Georgia - Carver''s sister - also went to therapy which I thought was good because, again, Zenter showed that therapy was normal. "But understand that young black men have no margin for error in this country. I had to teach him that. I had to teach him that he can be the son of a judge, but if he acts the way young white men do - the way his friends do - he will be treated more harshly. People, police - they won''t see a judge''s son. They won''t see a kid who worked hard and mostly stayed on the straight and narrow. They''ll see another ''young thug'' - the term du jour for all young black men in certain circles. They''ll go through and find every picture of him wearing clothes that are too big for him, or flipping off a camera, or acting like a normal, rambunctious young man, and that will be all the proof anyone will need that he got what was coming to him." - Jeff Zentner, Goodbye Days I have one more issue. It''s not problematic, it''s just something that i didn''t like about the book. *spoiler ahead* I hated it. Absolutely HATED it when Carver started to fall in love with Jesmyn. No. She was your best friends boyfriend. You do not get to love her. It''s wrong. It''s so disrespectful to the memory of his best friend. And you know the most infuriating bit? I knew it was going to happen. Once they started hanging out and helping each other with their loss, I knew he was going to fall in love with her. And I didn''t want that at all. I am so glad she said no. However, overall this is amazing book. I loved the whole concept of it, I loved the message that Zentner was conveying, I loved the characters, I loved Zentner''s writing style (apart from those few problematic areas) and the ending just made me cry. I do definitely recommend this book if you''re looking for a brilliant contemporary. Disclaimer: this book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review 
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2021
I read this book in two days and as much as it broke the way that carvers panic attacks just snuck up on him are the most accurate representation I have ever read. Zentner has a very unique style of writing that perfectly describes what carver must be feeling in a way that...See more
I read this book in two days and as much as it broke the way that carvers panic attacks just snuck up on him are the most accurate representation I have ever read. Zentner has a very unique style of writing that perfectly describes what carver must be feeling in a way that doesn''t shove it down our throats
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sam
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Worth buying
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2018
Excellent value great product
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LittleDarling
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Touching, beautiful, amazing...
Reviewed in Germany on April 15, 2017
I have no words. This book was everything. I haven''t cried so much in a long time. There was so much emotion, I had to take breaks every few chapters out of fear I might dehydrate. Jeff Zentner is a literary genius. He could probably write a shopping list full of emotion...See more
I have no words. This book was everything. I haven''t cried so much in a long time. There was so much emotion, I had to take breaks every few chapters out of fear I might dehydrate. Jeff Zentner is a literary genius. He could probably write a shopping list full of emotion and heartbreak. But "Goodbye Days" isn''t a shopping list. It''s a story full of sadness, grief, guilt, mistakes but also about strength, hope and resilience. It''s the kind of story that puts you through a blender and when there are only pieces of you left, that''s when it starts putting you together again. Though the book primarly deals with Carver''s guilt and grief over the death of his three best friends, it goes way deeper than just that. I''ve never been in Carver''s situation - thankfully - but not only could I feel his emotions, was crippled by his guilt and his pain, I also could relate to so many other aspects that this book talks about. So many thoughts were expressed that resonated with me. There aren''t many authors who can do what Jeff Zentner does. The writing is lyrical, poetic and at the same time relatable. It''s filled with emotion without being cheesy. It''s atmospheric to the point that I as a reader could feel the wind on my skin, smell the autumn air and feel my heart breaking. Jeff Zentner isn''t scared of digging deep, exposing the vastness of human emotions, their flaws, their weaknesses but also their love, their strength and their goodness. His characters aren''t perfect - not the main ones, not the supporting ones. And with that they are extremely realistic and life-like. I love how in "Goodbye Days" he took a devastating tragedy and wasn''t scared to show all the darkness and sadness that comes with it, but still managed to bring humor into the story, an occasional lightness that gave hope, a love of living that was evident on every page. I could go on and on about how touching, beautiful, amazing this book is. But I wouldn''t do it justice. So you should read it for yourself. It''s worth your time and your money in my humble opinion. 6 I-didn''t-want-to-say-goodbye-to-the-characters stars.
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Vitor Magalhães
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Goodbye days
Reviewed in Brazil on June 21, 2020
That''s not just about the grief; it''s about how our lives affect others. It''s gorgeous!
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