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Telling Christina Goodbye

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,221 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 9th 2002 by Laurel Leaf (first published April 1st 2002)
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Nov 29, 2014 Jacquelyn rated it liked it
I liked this one. It was super emotional and I felt so sorry for most of the characters but it was SO predictable.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Original Review posted at Bookwyrming Thoughts
Original Rating: 3.5

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I hate commenting about how much the synopsis gives away. I don't find much joy in reading the book when the synopsis gives spoilers away. And I hate giving it a lower rating because of that synopsis. But as much as I want to like this book, I'm gonna have to give it a facepalm. The synopsis practically gave away EVERYTHING. From the synopsis, cover AND title, the bo
Aug 11, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: tragedy, own, read-2014
Double date... car crash... only two walk away nearly unharmed. That's basically the best way I can describe what's going without really going too much into detail.

This novel is sadistically cruel, subtlety easing me into a lull. Then BAM the dam holding my tears back breaks. But just as that happens Lurlene McDaniel leans over and whispers into my ear, 'You think I'll give you that satisfaction?' smiling like a crazed woman. Holding my tears back in fear of the repercussions, my eyes blue ball
Elyse Bradley
Apr 07, 2016 Elyse Bradley rated it did not like it
Shelves: english-420
Genre: Drama/Death/Romance/Mystery

Lurlene McDaniel manages to write an incredibly trite novel about high schooler Trisha, her best friend Christina and their boyfriends Cody and Tucker. One night while driving home, Christina dies in a car accident while Tucker is driving. Cody is put into a coma while Trisha and Cody escape unscathed. The rest of the novel deals with Trisha's grief and attempt to solve one final question about her friends death. I was so bored by this novel I could barely make
Kendall M
Oct 23, 2009 Kendall M rated it it was amazing
I love this book! This is why I gave it five stars; it pulls you in deeper and deeper into the problems of the charcters. Every time I went to put it down I wanted to keep reading. The emotions of the characters toll with your emotions it reall effects you at some points in the story. When I finished reading this book I wanted to read it again, it was that good>
Nhi Nguyễn
Jun 16, 2016 Nhi Nguyễn rated it really liked it
First of all, I must say Ms. McDaniel really has her own style of writing stories. Her novels are simply written, with simple use of English, the rustic feeling that gave me – a non-native speaker of English – a really easy and enjoyable time reading her novels. The plot of her novels is also simple and nothing special or out of this world – ordinary teenagers and young adults struggling with life’s misfortune. However, the way she addressed and built up the story based on seemingly simple cycle ...more
Daniel Asay
Nov 07, 2009 Daniel Asay rated it liked it
After a tense basketball game, four high school seniors suffer a car accident that will change their lives forever. Short-tempered driver Tucker and narrator Trisha walk away with minor injuries. But Trisha's boyfriend Cody goes into a coma and suffers brain damage while Tucker's girlfriend Christina dies on sight. So begins a period of coming to terms with the events of that night, with the grief and hardships it brings, and learning to keep living in a world that must go on. Students, friends, ...more
Allie Randall
Oct 30, 2009 Allie Randall rated it it was ok
Genre/Category: dealing with death/coming of age/inner strength
Read for "Lurlene McDaniels" requirement

Summary: Trisha is having a great senior year with her sweet and sensitive boyfriend Cody, and her best friend Christina, except for the intrusive presence of Christina's boyfriend, Tucker. Trisha knows that Christina and Tucker's relationship is verbally abusive and could soon result in physical abuse and despite her best efforts to persuade Christina to dump Tucker, Christina is attached. For
Dec 12, 2007 Toughlove rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone, but mostly people who have lost someone
Telling Christina Goodbye, by Lurlene McDaniel, is a book filled with a lot of emotion, adventure, and frustration. It all starts, when Cody, Tucker, Trisha, and Christina are at the basket ball game. When Cody tries to keep Tucker from getting into a fight, he is Trisha’s boyfriend, and he gets kicked out. They all go running after him. Tucker goes to the car, and the rest of them follow, Tucker and Christina are together. The road is very icy, and Tucker is driving really fast, trying to get ...more
Nov 16, 2007 Jasmine rated it really liked it
The book Telling Christina Goodbye by Lurlene McDaniel is a good book about a girl named Trisha who gets into a very horrible car accident in which her best friend Christina dies. Besides that her boyfriends in a coma, and Christina’s boyfriend, who was driving the car, left with barely a scratch. She did survive the accident, but its hard for her to live each day without her best friend by her side. This fiction story is very interesting. It is definitely a page turner in my book.
The authors pu
Zoe Bodie
Feb 28, 2014 Zoe Bodie rated it liked it
Lurlene McDaniel's book Telling Christina Goodbye was very intriguing and heartfelt. This book starts out with two best friends in high school having a great senior year so far. The normal college worries and boyfriend issues. Their names are Trisha and Christina. Trisha and her boyfriend, Cody both got into Indiana University and will be going there in the fall. Christina got a scholarship to the University of Vermont but her controlling boyfriend, Tucker is trying to convince her not to go aw ...more
Oct 28, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it
This book was hard for me to get into. The characters seemed very flat. This is about Trisha, whose best friend Christina dies in a car wreck. Trisha and her boyfriend Cody are with Christina and her boyfriend Tucker on the way home from a basketball game, when they get in a car accident. Trisha and Cody are both thrown from the car, Trisha only gets scrapes and bruises but Cody is in a coma and suffers severe memory loss. Tucker was driving and is basically uninjured; Christina is throw
Araceli Castaneda-Rodriguez
Telling Christina Goodbye is a good book. I enjoyed reading it. The book pulls you in, I tried putting the book down but I was too engaged to stop reading. It was a very emotional read so I did get teary eyed. The author does an amazing job of conveying the characters emotions to the reader.

The book is about four friends in their senior year. They do things most seniors do such as worring about college and boys. Trisha, Cody and Christina all want to and plan on attending college. Christina’s bo
Caroline Anderson
I found Lurlene McDaniel's novel very poignant many times throughout the book. McDaniel seems to have a stigma of eye-rolling nonesense, but I believe that in Telling Christina Goodbye she beautifully captures the complexity of emotions during the loss of a loved one. While, yes, the ending of the book did seem a bit too...I don't know the word...well, maybe too good to be true or unlikely. However, I found the ending very satisfying, even if it might not have been the way more supposedly "serio ...more
Lurlene McDaniel’s books are getting longer and more modern and I’m so happy. Even though this book still has some old things in it, it’s fairly modern and in my time.

Trisha Thompson and her best friend, Christina are in their senior year of high school and they’re getting ready for college and hanging out with friends and their boyfriends. I liked that as Lurlene writes about serious matters, she showed that now all relationships are perfect, namely Tucker and Christina’s. While they’re on the
Dec 06, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl named Trisha who had a best friend Christina. They are seniors in high school. One day, they went to watch a school game and when coming back, Christina's boyfriend, Tucker lost control of the car. Christina died from this accident, Tucker had a few scar, Trisha was injured and Trisha's boyfriend who was in the car also is in coma. Trisha had to recover herself not only from physical injury but she had to also recover her emotions and feelings towards Christina's death ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Whitney rated it liked it
I rated this book 3 out of 5 stars because I feel like this story has been told in many different forms before. Don't get me wrong this was a GREAT book with big meaning behind it. This books shows you to not take life for granted and cherish the people that surround you because tomorrow or in just a few seconds it could all be gone.

This book is about a high school senior named Trisha Thompson, her boyfriend Cody, her best friend Christina, and Christina's boyfriend Tucker.Tucker is very control
Sep 10, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it
Telling Christina Goodbye by Lurlene McDaniel

First Love/Abusive Relationships/Dealing with Loss

***spoiler alert***
The low rating I gave this book is purely based on the fact that this book was way too emotional for me. Lurlene McDaniel writes about tough stuff that teens go through; this particular novel is about loss. Trisha, the main character, loses her best friend Christina in a fatal car accident when they are driving in the car together with their boyfriends. Christina is dead, Trisha's bo
Nov 21, 2008 Madeline added it
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!
Recommended to Madeline by: Library
I read this book for the second time, I read it 2 years ago and I remember I was going through so much that it really helped me through everything. I thought it'd be a good book to read again.
Christina and Tucker and Cody and Trisha are out on a date and Tucker hits black ice and slides off the road. Christians dead, Cody is in a coma Trisha has brain damage and Tucker walks away with out a scratch. Trisha can't believe that her best friend is gone forever and her boyfriend is in a coma. She st
Christina Zanakos
Feb 09, 2011 Christina Zanakos rated it it was amazing
It's kind of a more somber subject matter, but I loved this book all through high school and still enjoy reading it today. Telling Christina Goodbye is a tragic description of two girls enjoying their senior year, making plans to go to college and celebrate graduation with their boyfriends. Trisha doesn't like Christina's controlling boyfriend Tucker, but as her best friend, avoids the arguing and lets Christina do what she wants. Tucker has a surprise for Christina, a plan to keep her closer to ...more
Aug 05, 2010 La'Dearia rated it it was amazing
This book was about a girl named christina who has a full shcolarship to the University of Vermount. Everyone is very happy for her except one person... her controlling boyfriend Tucker. Christina's best friend Trisha advices her to break up with because she is always making Christina very unhappy.For example, one time Tucker was suppose to pick Christina up from school but he wasnt there so a guy asked did she need a ride she hesitated but came around. On home they stopped for some coffee and o ...more
Sylvia Lira
i read this stroy and its one of those storys were there is romance frendship and sadness. christina is a senor girl and had a besfriend call trisha. they both had boyfriends but christias boyfriend is a really gelous and demanding person. so trisha didnt really like hem and one reason was because chritina had gottin acepted to a universty and he didnt so he wanted her to leave that oportunity so that she could go with he to another collage. christina really loved hem and she didnt know what to ...more
Jordan Rigsby
Nov 14, 2011 Jordan Rigsby rated it liked it
In Middle school I was apparently masochistic because I read Lurlene McDaniel books like my life depended on it. However if you have ever read her books you know they are all the same; two people fall in love, and then tragedy hits and one of them (or both in one case I believe) dies. There is never a happy ending. For some reason I apparently loved to read books that made me cry once I finished them for hours at a time. Then to make it worse I would then reread them just to relive the experienc ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Lexile: 580L
Tags: young adult,

Book Overview: To me this book was very interesting. This book had me entertained throughout the whole book.The author kept me as a reader interested in reading the text because it had lots of suspense.
Plot summary:
The story starts off with ta group of friends at one of the school football games.One day after one of the games the group of friends decide to go across town to a party. As they arrive to the party the passengers in the front seat get into a minnor
Apr 14, 2008 Sydney rated it it was amazing
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 hom ...more
Sep 18, 2010 Megan rated it did not like it
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Ashlyn Lopez
The book " Telling Christina Goodbye " is a good book. The story is about four friends who are in their senior year of high school when one night they go to a basketball game a little outside of their town. When they are heading home Christina's boyfriend, Tucker, which is also the driver of the vehicle, hits black ice and the car goes spinning into the air. Trisha, Christina's best friend flys out of the car and when she awakes after she passed out she sees Cody her boyfriend in an ambulance. C ...more
Christine Budd
Aug 13, 2014 Christine Budd rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the first time in like 2nd grade, mainly because the title sounded kind-of like my name. This is one of my favorite books by Lurlene McDaniel. I have read it at least 5 times; I love it that much. But, one thing, It can be sad at parts, like every Lurlene McDaniel book. Everyone should read it.
Brittany Kammerer
Aug 23, 2014 Brittany Kammerer rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-books
Of All of Lurlene McDaniel's books, even if they start to get predictable or all kind of sound the same with characters lives ending in tragedy "Telling Christina Goodbye" is my all time favorite. Rated 4 stars the characters Christina, Trisha, Tucker, and Cody all go through a car crash which changes their lives forever.
May 24, 2016 Highjump rated it liked it
This book has it all, late 80s/early 90s names (Trisha, Cody, Tucker), amnesia, crying in bathroom stalls, guilt volunteering, scholarships to the university of vermont (that thing where you're like 'since when does a $10k scholarship pay for all of an out of state college?')
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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