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Softly Say Goodbye Paperback – January 23, 2013
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The author created a book about teen drinking and focused on emotions. Softly Say Goodbye is a sad story, a love story nicely told. Readers of all ages will reconsider many things.
I will never forget Erin, Shari, Tiana, Bill, Jake and Tuck. I liked the characters and hoped they would overcome everything.
When teens drink and drive…when teens need their families…when teens think they can do anything…
Readability: Descriptive writing, rich vocabulary.
Messages: You have to take each day one step at a time.
In ten years: I will reread Softly Say Goodbye.
When a group of high school students, known as the Kewl Krew, begin filling their water bottles with alcohol, everyone seems to be turning their backs. Other students fear retaliation for ratting out the offenders and teachers seem to be ignoring the growing problem.
One high school senior isn't afraid to share the facts with anyone who will listen. Erin Sellers begins to use the internet and a Twitter account to send anonymous messages to the school officials. She encourages several friends to do the same. Erin is a strong heroine whose mad artistic skills and stubborn determination keep her head above the water. Well, that and her incredibly sweet, football player boyfriend, Bill Lomax.
Tension begins to grow as the seniors start facing their end of the year finals and Bill's father is released from prison. Mr. Lomax doesn't see a problem with feeding alcohol to under age minors. He doesn't even stop once tragedy strikes and one drunken student is involved in a fatal car crash. Erin and her friends increase her efforts to stop their peers before another death occurs, but when the Kewl Krew learns who is behind the mysterious Twitter posts, Erin, Bill, and all of their close friends become targets. Who will survive and who will fall?
KC Sprayberry is a strong writer who brings her characters to life with ease. The subject of underage drinking is a difficult matter to broach and to convey to teens. However, this author does just that and she keeps the wording on a young adult level. The information is presented in the form of a romantic suspense and does not come across as preaching or reprimanding.
While delightful to read, it's recommended to keep a box of Kleenex close at hand as you might need to say goodbye more than once in this story.
Erin enlists her friends--boyfriend Bill, BFFs Shari and Tiana, and a few others to help with the task of painting the murals she's planning for the Recreation Center. Along the way they bump heads with the Kewl Krew, a group of teen drunks.
The Kewl Krew breeze through their daily high school routine drunk from the contents of their Landry High School water bottles. This infuriates Erin, a girl affected by the behavior of her boyfriend's father, a drunk doing time in prison. With the help of her own crew, they plan to foil the Kewl Krew's domination of the high school in an effort to make drinking booze a very uncool act.
KC Sprayberry brings us Softly Say Goodbye, a young adult novel about the horrendous effects of alcohol on teens. Using first person present tense, Sprayberry brings home the urgency of teen alcoholism. The eye-opening message is simple--teen drinking must stop and it is up to teens, parents, and loved ones to put an end to it before someone gets hurt or worse.
I strongly suggest Softly Say Goodbye to be on the reading list of all high school students, their parents, and anyone else concerned with drinking and driving.
[Warning: Don't read Softly Say Goodbye without a box of tissues nearby.]
Learn more about writer Michael Thal on his website at