Mini Reviews ~ Goodbye Days & All the Forever Things

Posted April 10, 2017 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 38 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews ~ Goodbye Days & All the Forever ThingsGoodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 405
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
4 Stars

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 was one I was super excited about even though I still haven’t read The Serpent King because of the premise.  Carver Briggs has lost three of his best friends in a car accident. The driver was thought to have been texting at the time. He was responding to a text sent to Carver. Not only is Carver feeling guilty but others, mostly some of the family members of his friends are blaming him too. He does have some people standing by him and helping him through this situation. But when the families start asking for Goodbye Days he has to figure out if he is up to it and what their true motives are.

God this book was so slow for me in the beginning. I am not sure if it was purely the book or if part of it was just me and my mood. Still, once I got about halfway through I thought it picked up quite a bit. I felt so bad for Carver. He was going through so much and to have the guilt he already felt himself and then having other people blame him. I can’t even imagine. I loved his time with Blake’s grandmother for their goodbye day. It definitely had me in tears. I liked how everything else played out and got emotional a couple other times. Definitely worth the read.

I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews ~ Goodbye Days & All the Forever ThingsAll the Forever Things by Jolene Perry
Published by Albert Whitman & Company on April 1st 2017
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
4 Stars

“How many times have you saved me?” I ask Bree.
She grins. “Don’t you mean how many times have we saved each other?”
Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?
Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.
But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.

I really enjoy Jolene Perry’s writing. This is my second book from her but I have also read a book she co-wrote. Something is just so easy about her books and I love that. Here we have the story of Gabe who grew up and lives at the funeral home her family runs. She has a best friend, Bree, who she spends all of her time with. When Bree starts dating the super popular Bryce and one time bully of Gabe they start to drift apart. As Bree pulls away, the new guy Hartman starts coming around but Gabe isn’t sure of his intentions. After a Prom not gone weird, Gabe learns about friendship, love and life in general.

This had a super Six Feet Under vibe to it which I loved. I totally related to Gabe. She was weird, quirky and a little immature. She definitely was the way she a bit due to the whole funeral home thing and being around death. Her and Hartman were adorably awkward. I liked watching her friendship with Bree shift and change as I thought it was realistic. Things like that happen between friends, especially when boys are involved. It isn’t a good thing but I feel like it happens.

Overall I just really enjoyed the story, characters and found it easily addicting. I will definitely be looking forward to  more Jolene Perry books.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog


38 responses to “Mini Reviews ~ Goodbye Days & All the Forever Things

  1. I’m not sure if Zentner’s books are for me. They sound so sad, and I usually have to be in the mood for that kind of story. I’m glad that it picked up after that slow beginning, however!
    I’m interested in All the Forever Things. I’ve read a couple of books by her in the past that I’ve liked a lot. Adorably awkward is exactly how I like my couples lol!
    Great reviews, Grace!
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  2. I’m glad you ended up liking GOODBYE DAYS. I just finished THE SERPENT KING, which was okay. It’s also slow, mostly because it doesn’t really have a plot. Sounds like GOODBYE DAYS is the better book. I’ll have to pick it up one of these days.

    Jolene Perry was actually my mentor at a writing conference I went to a few years ago! I’ve read a couple of her books and liked them well enough. I didn’t realize she had a new one out, but I’ll definitely give it a go. Especially if you enjoyed it.
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  3. Goodbye Days is definitely one that I want to read eventually. It sounds like it will probably have me crying buckets but I feel like I need to read it. lol! I’m not a big crier and normally I avoid books that I know will make me cry but lately I’ve really been wanting to read some of those. I’m such a mood reader! lol Great reviews!
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  4. That cover for All the Forever Things is SO PRETTY!! I’ve never even heard of that book before, but it sounds really good. I kind of love books about people who have weird things going on in their lives (like living in a funeral home)– it’s very My Girl.

    I started Goodbye Days and I am going to finish it, but it is kind of slow right now 🙁
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  5. Goodbye Days sounds so heartbreaking. I want to read it, but I’m not sure I’m in the right frame of mind at the moment. I’m not happy to hear about slow start, but still looking forward to start this story. I’ve a couple of Jolene Perry’s books, but for some reason her recent books went under my radar. All the Forever Things sounds lovely, thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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