Telling Christina Goodbye by Lurlene McdanielTelling Christina Goodbye by Lurlene Mcdaniel

Telling Christina Goodbye

byLurlene Mcdaniel

Mass Market Paperback | April 9, 2002

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Trisha Thompson and her best friend Christina are having a great senior year. Trisha and her boyfriend, Cody, are making plans to attend Indiana University together in the fall, while Christina has already received a scholarship to the University of Vermont. Everything would be perfect if only Trisha got along with Christina’s controlling boyfriend Tucker, who is trying to convince Christina not to go away for college. But suddenly their lives change one night when Tucker is driving the four home from an away basketball game. When his car hits a patch of black ice and overturns, Tucker walks away with barely a scratch, but Trisha is injured, Cody is in a coma, and Christina is dead. Those left behind must learn that it takes time for their scars—both visible and not—to heal. And they must find the courage to move on with their lives.
Lurlene McDaniel has written more than 30 inspirational novels. Her books have received acclaim from teachers, parents, young adults, and reviewers.
Title:Telling Christina GoodbyeFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:April 9, 2002Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553570870

ISBN - 13:9780553570878

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I first read this book in Grade 5, I fell in love with Lurlene McDaniel and have since made sure to read every single one of her books. This book hits on every single feeling, and as a parent now reading it, it hits every parents worse nightmare. But I will still allow my children to read this book to see what happens after the fact. I think all of her books are also great tools to use with kids to teach them about big events that can happen.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! I read this book almost 10 years ago and let me tell you I still remember it vividly. I love this book, it really hits you where it hurts. The book is well written and keeps the reader interested. Not to mention it made me tear up quite a few times! I would recommend this book to anybody!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heart breaking. I read this years ago, but wont every forget it. great story that keeps you compelled. you will not be able to put this book down.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Telling Christina Goodbye I read this book when I was quite young and I really liked it. It is a moving novel with a powerful storyline. A great novel I would recommend to all.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! Telling Christina Goodbye is one of my alltime favorite books to date. Not being a reader, it is very difficult to enjoy a book, or to even find one that interests me for that matter. Once i began reading this book, I could not put it down. It was very well written, and kept the reader interested at all time. It pulled you in at times you would not even expect, and although it begins sadly, the storyline is great. This is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to all.
Date published: 2012-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What if? Everyone hears about car crashes and thinks that it could never happen to you. But what if it did? What if you were the last one left? This is another touching story by Lurlene McDaniel, who seems to be the queen of stories about dying teenagers. [This is a good thing. They're well written.] It's not her best book, I think the Dawn Rochelle series would have to win in that category, but it's definitely up there. Only complaint I have is that it's short; I read through it in one sitting! (Of course, you can only say so much about the subject) Anyways. Not her best, by far. However, it's a good read, and if you're a fan of her books, or the genre, or even if it sounds like it would interest you, pick it up. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from there are no words I read this book and absolutely loved it!! i cried start to finish:/ Lurlene Mcdaniel writes books about true events and they just touch your heart. She is an amazing author!
Date published: 2008-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book is about a girl and her friends get into a car accident and one of them does not make it out alive. this novel is very touching and heart felt. you dont realize what you have until its gone. this novel capturs that saying very well.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Fantastic Story" This story takes place in a small town. Four young friends named Trisha, Christina, Tucker and Cody set out to a basketball game. On the way back, a crash changes their lives and the lives of their families. After the crash everyone faces many difficulties and challenges. The book Telling Christina Goodbye by Lurlene McDaniel is an outstanding and incredible book. It has heartbreak, sorrow, cheerfulness and hope. This book is a skillful example of a fictional drama. The characters come to life as the book is read. McDaniel spins a tale that keeps readers turning pages. Rebecca Lena
Date published: 2007-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! It was so amazing, like all Lurlene McDaniel books. I cried at LEAST 10 times. Some parts were really sad, but I totally recommend it!
Date published: 2007-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book rocks!! This book,like all of Lurlene McDaniel books,is awesome!I really enjoyed it.It really shows the true meaning of life.
Date published: 2006-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! This book is amazing everey part of this book is great. It makes you feel like you know Christina, Trisha, Cody, Tucker and everyone else. It feels like your there, like your experiencing every part. You can feel the emotion in the words and the thoughts of Trisha.Lurlene McDaniel is an incredibly gifted writer with an extraordinary talent.Great job Lurlene, and keep writing!
Date published: 2006-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Book!! this is a great all the books i have read by Lurlene McDaniel. Her books our so good and true....
Date published: 2005-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing in Excellence! Lurlene is always an inspirational writer, but this book captured my heart the most. The tradgedy, the romace, the heart wrenching speech; it was all amazing. But what i cant believe, is that even I cried. its amazing. one of the best books I have ever read. (And believe me, I've read alot!) Seriously, this book is truly amazing and I give it a two thumbs up!
Date published: 2005-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT BOOK This book is very touching and it also teaches you a lesson when you are in the car. Always tie your seat belt.
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I really love this book. I've read almost all of Lurlene McDaniel's books and I love this one the most. It so sad. But i LOVE it. All Lurlene's books are GREAT!
Date published: 2004-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TELLING CHRISTINA GOODYBYE i think this book if a very good book because the feeling that i get from reading this book is very different from other books that i have read! i cried when i read this book because it was just so sad and how christina died... it just took me by suprise!! and when my sister read it she told me that she cried and i was laughing at her but then when i read it i also cried so i really like this book it's probably one of my fav. book
Date published: 2004-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE UNEXPLAINED CAN HAPPEN I think this is an excellent book. When my best friend was hit by a car and killed my life changed. I couldn't believe i would never see him again, but you have to move on. This story brought back memories of the day he was killed. I suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a touching story. It was the first book by Lurlene McDaniel that i every read. I cant wait to pick up the next. This is the best book i ever read. Josh, I miss you and you'll be in my heart forever. JOSH 1986-April 6th 2000
Date published: 2003-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super This book was super! it was one of the best books I have ever read. It really made me think about life in a different way. It really helped me personally too because about a week after I read it I was in an accident myself and lost a few friends. This book is for sure a tearjerker and I would advise anyone to read it no matter how old or young you are it will stay with you forever.
Date published: 2003-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad,Touching,Yet Inspirational I ordered this book in school, and when i got it, i started reading it right away.i have never read such a story that explains how things can change so much in so little time.
Date published: 2003-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tearjerker for sure It was a great book. I recommend it to anyone who loves tearjerkers. It was one of the best Lurlene McDaniel books I have ever read.
Date published: 2002-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When I read Telling Christina Goodbye When I read this wonderful book, I couldn't put it down and i couldn't stop crying. I don't cry easily, so I can tell you that this book is very well written. It makes you think. I put myself in Trisha's place, and my best friend in Christina's, and I cried even harder. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Date published: 2002-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why I liked 'Telling Christina Good-Bye' This novel was very tragic, and made you forget about little everyday problems, like a bad haircut or a bad grade. It makes you think, what if I died tommorow? It makes you think of what you wouldn't get to do, and does it in a very inspirational way. This novel is written well, with it's remarkable dialoge, suspense, and it is a tearjerker for sure. I loved this book and if you read it I am sure you will to!
Date published: 2002-05-26

Read from the Book

OneDuring the first week of classes after Christmas break, between fourth and fifth periods at Mooresville High School, Trisha Thompson went looking for Christina Eckloe. She found her best friend crying in the girls' bathroom. Her sobs were muffled and sounded almost like a kitten mewing, hardly the reflection of a breaking heart, but Trisha wasn't fooled. She'd heard Christina cry before. And it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Tucker Hanson.Trisha slipped into the unlocked stall where Christina was hiding, her hands covering her face. Trisha unrolled a swath of toilet paper and handed it to her friend. "Here, use this. It's more absorbent than your palms."Christina took the wad of paper without looking up. She wiped her eyes and blew her nose. "H-how did you find me?""When you didn't show up for lunch, I started checking the bathrooms. This was my third stop.""Wh-where are the others? I don't want them to see me like this.""Kim and Darby went on to class. Cody's waiting outside in the hall.""Why couldn't I get a guy like Cody?" Christina asked."You mean instead of a jerk like Tucker? That's always been my question to you, hasn't it?" Trisha felt angry. "Tucker is the reason you're crying, isn't he? I mean, he usually is the reason you cry."Christina nodded.Trisha sighed. "What'd he do this time?""We had a fight.""Over what?""You don't have to talk to me like I'm a child," Christina said. She stood shakily and edged past Trisha out of the stall.Trisha followed. "Sorry. But you've been fighting with Tucker off and on for years. It gets to me because he's not nice to you."Christina bent over a sink and splashed cold water on her face. "You just don't understand.""Enlighten me.""This time it really was my fault," Christina said. "I ran into Bill Lawler at the library last night. Tucker was supposed to pick me up at nine, but we'd had a fight that afternoon and he didn't show."Trisha rolled her eyes."Anyway," Christina continued while drying her face on a paper towel, "Bill offered to drive me home and on the way we stopped off and had coffee. Someone must have seen us together and told Tucker, because when he picked me up for school this morning he was really upset. I tried to explain that there's nothing between me and Bill, but he won't believe me.""So now he's mad because you had coffee with Bill? What's wrong with that?""I'm Tucker's girl. I shouldn't have gone out with another guy.""Oh, please!" Trisha crossed her arms. "You didn't go out on a date, you had a coffee together. How can he be that insecure? You've been with him since eighth grade."The entire class knew about Tucker and Christina's relationship. He had been voted Mr. Most Popular and this year's Homecoming King; she had been selected as Miss Best Personality and Homecoming Queen. Kids saw them as perfect for each other, beautiful people who had been going together forever and who were destined to always be a couple. Only Trisha and her boyfriend, Cody McGuire, knew about the tumultuous nature of the pairing. To Trisha's way of thinking, Tucker was often hateful to Christina, sarcastic and even rude. Trisha didn't understand why they stayed together. Christina could have any guy she wanted at Mooresville."Are you saying Cody wouldn't object if you were seen in public having coffee with some other guy by people who think you've got an exclusive relationship with him?" Christina sounded defensive."Frank Russo and I go out all the time and Cody doesn't feel threatened.""You're coeditors of the yearbook. Of course you go out all the time. Plus Frank has Abby Harrison for a girlfriend."Trisha ignored Christina's logic. "The point is, Cody trusts me. After all the years you've been with Tucker, he should trust you too."Christina looked dejected. "That's what I told him, but he's still angry.""Then that's his problem, not yours. He needs to get over it, cut you some slack.""There are other things too." Christina fished in her purse for lip gloss. "I've been accepted at the University of Vermont--""But that's wonderful," Trisha interrupted.Christina smiled for the first time. "Mom and Dad think so too, especially since it came with a ten-thousand-dollar scholarship."Trisha was speechless. She'd always known Christina was smart, but this really proved it."It's Dad's alma mater, so he really wants me to go there," Christina added."So why wouldn't you?""Tucker hates the idea. He can't accept that I would go so far from Indiana, or him. He's really bummed out about it. He wants me to go someplace in-state, like IU."Indiana University at Indianapolis was a good hundred and fifty miles from Mooresville, a midsized town in the middle of nowhere. Trisha had moved to Mooresville with her parents and kid brother five years before when her father, an insurance agent, had taken over the job of area manager for his company. To Trisha, after having lived in a sprawling suburb of Chicago all her life, Mooresville had seemed like the most boring place on earth. When Christina had befriended her in seventh grade, that had made all the difference. Then, when they'd both started at the high school, Trisha met Cody, and having him for a boyfriend for two years had turned Mooresville into the center of the universe."How can Tucker expect you to change your plans--your future--for him? Why doesn't he change his plans for you?" Trisha asked.

Editorial Reviews

A compelling inspirational novel about the way everything can change in the blink of an eye.