Book: It Started With Goodbye
Author: Christina June
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
It Started With Goodbye was a fun take on the Cinderella story. It was quick and enjoyable to read, and I zoomed through it in about a day. I liked the characters and found myself invested in Tatum’s summer and I appreciated the development of her family relationships. Even though I had some ideas about how it would end, I wanted to keep reading and see if I was right. There wasn’t anything groundbreaking in this book for me, but it was a light and fun YA read that teenagers could really relate to. As an adult who loves YA, maybe I was not quite the right audience and actual YA readers will probably love this one.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.