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Lea Holder was injured in the same accident that took the life of Seth Ashbury's brother, Parker. Lea's sister, Camille, was still in a coma nine months later, also. This tragedy was all caused by drunk driver. Unfortunately, the driver was Lea's mother. Lea's family had shattered after the accident and she saw how the accident brought the Ashbury family together and they supported each other. She wanted to learn how that could be after such devastating tragedy.
She wanted to get to know Seth better, so she decided to find out and was accepted to the same boarding school that Seth Ashbury attended in Vermont. Seth was blind and she knew he wouldn't be able to recognize her but she was worried that he might recognize her voice or somehow find out who she was. Coincidentally, she was asked to tutor Seth in Chemistry. And, as she began to make friends at the school and spent time with Seth she admired him and his determination, his love for his older brother, Parker, and his desire to see Parker's dream realized, even after his death. He asked Lea to be a part of that dream by helping him create his brother's final project that would allow him to receive his degree posthumously.
Lea had been "bullied" by her father into lying about the circumstances of the accident to cast down on her mother's guilt. Because she did as her father had asked, she carried unbearable guilt and as she saw the pain reflected in Seth, she began to question her need to protect her mother and deny the Ashbury family the closure they needed.
I won't give away the whole story but sufficeth to say it was an amazingly tender and gut-wrenching story. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to read this book and provide an honest review. I was given a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for that review, which I wholeheartedly recommend you read.
Characters- The characters are really what sold this story and made me feel and believe in it. The relationships everyone had with one another was beautiful and I loved how they were able to lean on each other whenever they needed someone. Lea and Seth were great leads and very enjoyable characters. the secondary characters also brought out the best and the worst in them. The characters development was very slow.
Plot- I wasn't sure what to expect of the plot prior to reading this book. I was wrong to judge. The plot was complex yet still was easy enough to follow. The plot was very gripping as it started right away with tragedy and expectedly ended with tragedy. Comparing this book to others, think of If I Stay or The Fault in our Stars. The plot was an emotional rollercoaster that kept me reading for hours on end. There were also many flashbacks which usually are a negative for me, but in this book I did enjoy them. The author really took the time to develop the feelings rather than just serving them all at once.
Romance- The romance development was slow. There wasn't really any insta-love which readers will most definitely appreciate. An example of how slow the romance is that we do not witness a kiss between Lea and Seth until about 60% through the book. This relationship is also a domed one from the very beginning which also took away from it a little bit.
Ending- There were a lot broken things in this novel. I think to many to be incorporated. The ending really missed out on all of the healing. The ending felt a bit rushed and glossed over. For that reason alone, I had to deduct a half a star. Overall, the ending was a real disappointment.
This is What Goodbye Looks Like is not a five-star read, yet I believe it still is a must-read for fans of If I Stay or The Fault in our Stars. I did enjoy this book, however, the ending was a turn-off for me. This is definitely a book that if tragedy filled YA books are your go-to then you will like this book. If not, it may not be the best choice for you.
A Favorite Quote From The Story- "I once told you that I never leave a chapter of my life behind without taking a souvenir. I still don't know what to take away from you, which makes me think it's not time to let you go."
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