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Goodbye Days by [Jeff Zentner]
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Editorial Reviews

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Tender, honest, moving, and lyricalZentner 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
New York Times Notable Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year

An Indie Next List Top Ten Selection

Paste Magazine and popcrush.com Most Anticipated YA Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 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 ofBeing a Wallflower.” —BookRiot.com  

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

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

“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

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—It was just a text: Carver wanted to know when his three best friends were going to pick him up. But those three best friends got into a car accident and never made it to him. Carver can't stop blaming himself and his text for their deaths, and things get worse after a judge is also interested in pointing the finger at him. Carver juggles his own feelings of guilt and the blame others direct at him as he decides to honor the memory of his friends through cathartic "goodbye days." Saving Carver (and the readers) from complete despair is Jesmyn, the former girlfriend of one of his deceased friends, and Dr. Mendez, a new therapist who help him wade through life after the funerals. Zentner is yanking heartstrings here in this painful but compelling narrative. Although sprinkled with lighter stories of the friends in happier times, this is a weighty, well-crafted novel—the kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty. VERDICT Recommended as a first purchase for school and public libraries. Hand this to readers looking to explore the somber and complex realities of life, especially responsibility, fractured relationships, and the butterfly effect of consequences.—Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B01GYPT6WW
  • Publisher : Crown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 7, 2017)
  • Publication date : March 7, 2017
  • Language : English
  • File size : 5632 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 411 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 381 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars I was happy that an author was finally going to write about ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
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3.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, beautiful, amazing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye days
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