It Started With Goodbye by Christina JuneIt Started With Goodbye by Christina June

It Started With Goodbye

byChristina June

Perfect | May 9, 2017

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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. If Tatum is reading his emails right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.

But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And 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. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

hristina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become—whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, ...
Title:It Started With GoodbyeFormat:PerfectDimensions:272 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:BlinkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310758661

ISBN - 13:9780310758662


Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Started With Goodbye A modern play on the Cinderella, It Started With Goodbye shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules. I was easily sucked into this book because the characters felt so real. They had real world issues and made real world decisions. For this to be Christina Junes debut novel astonishes me! She did an amazing job with the character and the story! I really enjoy the way she writes and how she tells the story. Each character has their own goals and story line, which is something I really love. It didn’t feel like they were just there to push the main characters objectives along. I really enjoyed the way that, although this book does have romance and a relationship, it didn’t feel like the main point in the story. I felt like it was more about Tatum coming to terms with her new life and her growing up. I also thought that she and SK had a really awesome thing going on in the book. I never expected him to be who he actually was. Her stepmother and stepsister play important roles and I enjoyed their dynamic. I thought I knew where this story would go since it’s inspired by Cinderella, but there was so much more to this story and to Belén and Tilly than just the typical evil stepmother and sister. I really enjoyed getting to know more about them and their backgrounds as the story progressed. Blanche was one of my favorite characters in It Started With Goodbye. She brought a lot out of Tatum by challenging her thoughts concerning her goals and relationships. I really loved the way that she portrayed a “fairy godmother” but also let Tatum do her own thing. Then all the new friendships that Tatum was able to make was pretty amazing as well. Abby, Hunter, the band, and even Tilly. I loved the way that Tatum let herself accept the people in her life that wanted to be there for her even though it was reluctantly at first. I do have to also admit that I would have been perfectly fine if Ash and Tatum never got back to being them. I almost felt as if she brought Tatum down and wasn’t really a true friend. Ash is one of the characters that play a major role, but we don’t see or hear from her much at all. If there was one thing I’d change I think I’d want more on her. This was a really beautiful coming of age story, the writing was amazing and heartfelt, and the whole story was genuinely moving. The characters were all so relatable and everything pieced together really well. I’d happily recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary or Cinderella retellings. I think that we all feel lonely sometimes just like Tatum, this was a perfect book to help you out of that feeling. *I received a copy of It Started With Goodbye from Blink via NetGalley in return for my honest opinion. All opinions and thoughts are my own and are no way influenced by the publisher. Thank you Blink and NetGalley for letting me read and review!*
Date published: 2018-01-11

Editorial Reviews

After being falsely accused of a crime, Tatum is faced with a summer of community service. To make matters worse, her best friend is not speaking to her, and she is being kept under her stepmother's watchful eye. Looking for a way to be herself again after this tailspin, Tatum secretly starts a graphic design business. With a new friendship blossoming at her community service project, a flirty e-mail correspondence with a client, and a supportive stepgrandmother, Tatum's summer begins to turn around. In this modern take on Cinderella, Tatum embarks on a summer of learning, during which she tries to figure out who she is and to understand different points of view, leading to a changed perception of her family. While a few references feel dated and some of the supporting cast underdeveloped, Tatum's journey of understanding and self-reflection is relatable and appealing. Steer readers who enjoy the updated fairy tale angle toward this book and follow with Ashley Poston's Geekarella (2017). A nice addition where contemporary fiction is popular.--- Sarah Bean Thompson