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Goodbye, Rebel Blue

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,222 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a sh ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Harry N. Abrams
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Nov 19, 2013 Jasprit rated it liked it
Rebecca Blue or Rebel as she prefers to be known as is a rebel; she’s been a rebel at heart since a young age. Instead of going to school as a regular child, she was “home schooled” whist she and her mum travelled. Her mum was a photographer and loved taking shots in the moment. However the care free fun life that Rebel led was soon ripped away when her mum died and she had to go live with her uncle and family. Rebel still had the rebellious side to her growing up; she streaked her hair blue, wa ...more
May 26, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it
I wanted more from Goodbye, Rebel Blue. The book's premise - a girl completes the bucket list of a peer who passes away - is intriguing. Shelley Coriell creates a believable teen voice with her protagonist, Rebel, and supplies her with a tension-filled family dynamic, a best friend with secrets, and an angelic love interest.

Mainly, I desired to see more of Rebel's internal development. There's a compelling conflict in the book between staying true to who you are and realizing that you need peopl
Oct 21, 2015 Sakina rated it really liked it
Re-reading this felt so good ^_^

Goodbye, Rebel Blue is a fun and heart-touching read combined with Rebecca's sarcasm and humor.

Rebecca Blue also known as a rebel and true to her sobriquet she is a rebel with an attitude. She believes herself to be perfectly happy with being herself and keeping or pushing people away from her. I say believes and not is happy because it is what she has made herself believe. But all that changes when she is stuck with a dead girl's bucket list which has only do
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Oct 09, 2013 Natalie (Natflix&Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When I first saw the cover for Goodbye, Rebel Blue I immediately wanted to read it. The color of the title, the girl's blue extensions, the idea completing a dead girl's bucket list. Everything about it pulled me in, and I wasn't disappointed. I was completely charmed by this book and loved following Rebel as she used another girl's bucket list to discover herself.

Rebecca Blue, who goes by Rebel, is living a life she doesn't want. During her formidable years she traveled the globe with her phot
Oct 08, 2013 Luna rated it really liked it
This was such an enjoyable read. Rebel (aka Rebecca) is an interesting character. She keeps everyone at a distance, so when she ends up alone in detention with Kennedy (who believes in fate) Rebel isn’t exactly friendly. The next day Kennedy is dead and Rebel is left with the bucket list Kennedy wrote.

Why Rebel decided to fulfil Kennedy’s bucket list is explained in the book, I don’t want to go into it as I think that particular chapter shows Rebel’s view on life so well. Armed with a bucket lis
May 12, 2015 Shaye rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book, but I feel that it ends suddenly. Rebel is starting to figure things out and begins on a new path, then last page... I would love for there to be a sequel to answer some questions.
Danielle (Love at First Page)
2-2.5 stars
A feel good story that was nevertheless too heavy handed, superficial, and emotionally sterile. *shrugs*
Jun 11, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA, anyone who enjoyed The Fault in our Stars/John Green
I absolutely loved this book. It reminded me so much of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The plot wasn't choppy; it flowed smoothly from one point to the next. The characters were unique and well-developed. The moral was relatable and sincere. Here's a summary:

Rebecca (Rebel) Blue is your average misbehaving teen: she has plenty of sarcasm and wit, but it usually lands her in detention. One particular day in detention, she notices Kennedy Green. Kennedy, your average teenage do-gooder, is c
Sep 13, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ABRAMS and Netgalley.)
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca (Rebel) Blue hardly knows Kennedy green, but a chance meeting in detention suddenly seems to have meaning when the next day Kennedy crashes her car and dies.

The police have no idea if it was a suicide or an accident, but Rebel sees it as a sign, and immediately goes to the detention room to get something that Kennedy threw in the trash when they were togeth
Jul 04, 2015 Colleen rated it really liked it
Loved this book. I would have liked a little more closure to her bucket list. Her strength and individuality is a great quality to be admired by young readers; however at times it seemed too focused on the underlying message of fate and faith. I think the reader would have gotten the same message without it being so spelled out. I did really enjoy the book though and will recommend it to others. Great read!
May 09, 2014 Aaliyah rated it it was amazing
“Good Bye Rebel Blue” is an interesting book about two girls, Rebecca Blue and Kennedy Green. Rebecca and Kennedy are from different social circles and pretty much different worlds, but their worlds meet when both of them end up in detention one day after school and are asked to complete a bucket list.

I would recommend this book for ages 12 - 18 because in between those years is typically when people struggle to find out their own identity and where they belong, which relates to exactly what Re
Jun 16, 2015 Tabs rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. It has a lot of life lessons in it that made me think of my own life and how I can change how I look at the world. It reminded me that sometimes we'll meet someone once and that one person can make us feel so much better, and then we might be sad because we realize that we might never see that person again. It reminded me that life is precious; one moment in time, we're alive, and the next moment, we're dead. If you want to follow a fictitious girl's life as she changes ...more
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Good Bye, Rebel Blue was more enjoyable and less sad than I assumed it would be. The main premise of the story is that Rebecca “Rebel” Blue spends a detention with Kennedy Green where they are assigned the task of creating their own personal bucket list. After having a surprisingly deep conversation, they part ways and on the way home Kennedy crashes into the ocean and dies. That part is sad, but we only experienced her for a few pages and Rebel wasn’t her close
Taschima Cullen
Aug 05, 2014 Taschima Cullen rated it really liked it
Goodbye Rebel Blue,

“You, Rebel Blue, are anything but ordinary.”

Rebecca Blue is the girl whose main fear is to be ordinary, so she works extra hard at NOT being ordinary. She is displeased with school, is artsy, and lived with her mother on the back of a vehicle going from town to town chasing lighting (for photographs). You can say she had a less than normal upbringing which is why she is having such a difficult time adjusting to her new life with her new family. Her mom is gone, so she is to l
Haley Graves
Mar 23, 2014 Haley Graves rated it it was amazing
The cover of Goodbye, Rebel Blue is what enticed me to read it, and I wasn't disappointed. This novel was quirky and unique, but also had average teenage problems twisted into the plot. The main character, Rebecca "Rebel" Blue, is a wild, carefree girl who refuses to be normal. Rebel adored her mother, and traveled with her across the Americas because her mother was a photographer, so she would randomly stop somewhere and shoot a photo. However, when her mother dies in an accident, Rebel is forc ...more
Rie Conley
Sep 04, 2013 Rie Conley rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp
I got this book out of the blue (haha, I'm punny). My husband brought the mail from the P.O. Box home with him today and within it was a package I wasn't expecting. Random mail has a way of being very odd or very good, so I'm usually wary with books I'm not expecting. This was one of those very good times.

AJ, my husband, sat down to do computer work with baseball in the background, left to my own devices I started thumbing through Goodbye, Rebel Blue and was getting those "Are you demented?" loo
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Goodbye, Rebel Blue was a cute read but there wasn't anything particularly unique in this book. It is the tried-and-true story of the "rebel" girl figuring out that maybe she really does want more mainstream things in her life. The premise for getting Rebel started on the bucket list was pretty flimsy and she could be a frustrating character at times, but the story was an easy read and I think younger YA readers will find a lot to like
Megan (The Book Babe)
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Honestly, I've been looking forward to thins one for a while. So, when I opened a random package and found this, my face immediately went like this: O.O I started it as soon as I could, and in the long run, I really wasn't all that disappointed with it. Yeah, it could have been better, but it also could have been worse; and as a whole I enjoyed it.

I found Rebel to be an interesting, unique ty
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
Apr 25, 2015 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE is not only an entertaining read, it is book that also makes you think. There are some gorgeous quotes in this book and the overall message sticks with you. Even if you do not believe in fate or destiny like Rebel, at the end of the book you might just be rethinking that.

Rebecca, Rebel, Blue had no idea that her regular trip to detention was going to result in such a life-ch
Sep 29, 2013 Brandy rated it really liked it
Rebecca--Rebel--Blue is just settling into yet another detention and its inane assignment (write your bucket list) when a perky blonde ponytail starts peppering her with questions. Kennedy Green recognizes Rebel from a freshman year art class, and strikes up a conversation about fears, beliefs, a possible afterlife. The conversation is still in Rebel's head the next day when she hears that Kennedy was killed in a car accident the night before. Searching for a clue, Rebel digs Kennedy's bucket li ...more
Yana Polishko
Jun 08, 2015 Yana Polishko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Goodbye, Rebel Blue is a lovely story. Just like that.

I don't really want to focus on technicalities because what I really liked of this book weren't the characters or the writing style although that was very much okay but the spirit. The spirit of changing and becoming better, to open yourself to others and to help them open to you. I think it's a beautiful topic and the way it was treated was very realistic.

I only want to complain because the romance took over the story for a while and that wa

Jul 10, 2015 Ravenclawruler rated it it was amazing
It can't be over. I love it too much. It was cheesy and sweet and run-of-the-mill in all the right ways. But it also was completely original. I have been reading for almost 8 hours straight. Finished at 12:43 A.M., finally finished after being stuck on page 52, with no motivation to continue. Today, I picked up, read for 8 hours, and finished. I loved it. I loved Rebel's blue hair and Gabby's obsession with it, I loved how much depth this book had, I loved Percy's penny, I loved the Hawaii stain ...more
Ms. Bentley
This was recommended to me by an incredibly well-read student. I trust her recommendations and this book certainly didn't disappoint.

Shelley Coriell's style is much different than anything else I've read in the past and it took me a minute to get used to, but ultimately it ended up being my favorite thing about the book.

I didn't like Rebel Blue AT ALL for the first 50% of the book. I thought she was the cliché angsty-teen and rolled my eyes at her a lot. However, in the 2nd half of the book she
 Shirin  Laturkar
Mar 09, 2015 Shirin Laturkar rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shirin by: Tara
You can find this review on The Opinions Of A Bookaholic
I really, really liked the fact that the inherent message of the book was to do good and be yourself, and positive things like that, as opposed to the usual life sucks that most books seem to have these days. But it remained cynical, realistic, and just amazing in general. Everyone was screwed up, which was awesome, but if there had to be a fault in this book, I would say that Kennedy was a bit too perfect, and was kind of put on a ver
Sep 06, 2015 Mikael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changing
I can't even put into words how much I loved and enjoyed this book.
Nov 23, 2014 Lrubin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The characters were very real and the writing was beautiful! I didn't want it to end! (Did you hear that author? Sequel please...) I have to admit that my favorite character was Gabby...she's just so fun!
Have fun reading!!! :)
May 02, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
“Goodbye, Rebel Blue” was an interesting novel about self discovery. Rebecca Blue but who preferred being called Rebel, lives a life that she doesn't want. Her mother and her would travel the world together, never needing anything except each others company and the outdoors. After the death of Rebel’s mother she was forced to move in with her uncle; but she never felt completely welcomed to this family. It’s during detention when her whole life changes.In detention Rebel meets a girl named Kenne ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Fides rated it really liked it
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Angie Fehl
Nov 24, 2015 Angie Fehl rated it liked it
San Diego teen Rebecca "Rebel" Blue is sent to detention yet again for choosing to test her high school's rules. There in detention, she meets clean-cut, do-gooder Kennedy. The two could not be more different -- Rebel with her blue hair, cargo / tank top combo and messenger bag decorated with shark teeth, while Kennedy is blonde, perky and preppy. Yet Kennedy is set on them being friends. The detention teacher gives the girls the assignment of creating a bucket list, which prompts Kennedy to sta ...more
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