What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?
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 he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.
Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.
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 with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.
Soon the other 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 a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?
This book broke me in more ways than any book has this year. My heart hurt through most of this book. I felt every single emotion that Carver felt. Jeff Zentner is an artist with words. He paints such a vivid picture of what grief can feel like like. Of what having anxiety feels like. I’ve never read a book that explains it so freaking well.
Jeff wrote a book about something that can happen any time during someone’s life. Death while using your phone while driving. This is a topic that’s not as talked about as it should be. This book really opens your eyes. Especially, from the person who sent that last text to the person who was killed in the accident. This book should be read by every single individual who uses their phone while driving.
In Goodbye Days, Carver gets invited by Nana Betsy to have a goodbye day for Blake. I have never heard of this concept before but I’m totally planning one for the future. It seems like such a lovely way to say goodbye to a loved one. Thank you Jeff for introducing me to this.
Also, Nana Betsy has so much love from me. She reminds me so much of my grandmother who passed.
You get to see so much from this book. Dealing with guilt. Dealing with anxiety. Dealing with loss. This book is heavy. Prepare your heart for the heartbreak you’ll get from reading this book.