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It Started With Goodbye

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,942 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Winner of the 2018 Young Adult Virginia Book of the Year

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 (whic
Paperback, 269 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Blink/HarperCollins
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Chelsea Humphrey
This one's going to be a mini-review as I can't seem to conjure up enough to write a fully fleshed wording of how I felt. I think this is mainly due to the fact that the story is fairly straight forward and I really don't want to take anything away from the future reader who may want to go in blind. I think most readers are aware this is a form of a Cinderella/Fairy Tale retelling that simultaneously felt new and familiar. While I wasn't blown away with the story, I highly respect how the author ...more
Lisa Maxwell
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had a chance to read this one early, and what a terrific debut! Tatum is such a three-dimensional and *real* character. It's a great contemporary take on the Cinderella tale that explores the complexities of family and friendships, love and change. ...more
Laurie Flynn
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SUCH a fantastic debut. There is so much to love about this book: an authentic, realistic plot, conflicts you'll relate to, and a main character you'll wish you were friends with in real life. Plus, there's lots of humor and heart, and I adore a book that can make me laugh and make me think. Tatum's voice is fantastic and so spot-on. Teen me wouldn't have been able to put this one down, and adult me couldn't either! ...more
Katy Upperman
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another Swanky book! I had so much fun reading It Started with Goodbye. It’s a modern spin on Cinderella, a story with weighty themes that’s told in this spirited, heartfelt way that made diving into its world an absolute joy. Main character Tatum is awesome; she’s constantly railing against her too-strict stepmother, but she never reads as bratty. Her voice is spot-on, full of humor and insight, and I’m pretty sure Teen Katy would’ve wanted her as a BFF. It Started With Goodbye has some steep a ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
DNF @ 25%

Look, don’t judge me. I just can’t stand the main character and I’m not compelled to read any further.

Tatum is whiny. She continually bemoans her circumstances, her stepmother (who didn’t seem that bad to me?) and consistently reassures the readers that ’it wasn’t her fault!’

Yeah, it sucks. But damn girl. Calm down. You keep glossing over all the good things that happen in order to whine about the same three things.

I know a lot of reviews praise this for appealing to ‘all-ages’ but I
Marci Curtis
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You guys...SO MANY HEARTS TO THIS STORY. Absolutely loved this fresh, charming debut, brimming with friendship, family, and love.


*falls over dead*
Rosalyn Eves
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE is a charming contemporary reimagining of Cinderella--if Cinderella had more gumption and a vision for her own life. Tatum Elsea is essentially under house arrest after a misunderstanding leaves her with a summer of community service and a fine to pay off. To earn money, she starts taking on a few design clients, including the enigmatic SK, who is on vacation with his family in Ireland but needs her help with a website for college applications. While I enjoyed the funny, ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for everyone to read Tatum's story! I love her attitude and her sweet romance. ...more
Louise Wilson
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
16 year old Tatum Elsea has been falsely accused of a crime. She has been grounded by her father. She has to fill her days doing her community service and working on her covert graphic design business at night, where she trades emails with a cute cello-playing client.

Then Tatum discovers she is not the only one in the house keeping secrets. She now has the chance to make amends with her family and friends.

A story of a teenagers relationship between her family and friends. The characters are well
Erin Clemence
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review.
“It Started with Goodbye” is the newest YA contemporary fiction novel from author, Christina June. In “Goodbye”, Tatum Elsea is sixteen years old and confined to her house, under the supervision of her stepmother, after being charged for a crime she didn’t commit. While she is adapting to what is sure to be her “summer of solitude”, Tatum unexpectedly finds new friends throu
Maggie ☘
*2.6/5 stars*

It Started With Goodbye is pretty great debut novel all things considered, I had some problems with it - the fact that I didn't like Tatum all that much for the most part and couldn't really connect to any of the relationships - but it was still really enjoyable and light book to read.

I liked the little Cinderella references and one of the characters who stood out for me the most was Tatum's step grandmother, Blanche who was also represented as the contemporary verson of fairy godm
Amanda Searcy
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book absolutely delightful. It is full of fun, well-developed characters, friendships, and a little romance. It is a perfect beach read (or a snowed-in-but-wish-it-was-summer read). By the end, you will be wishing for step-grandmother Blanche to come stay at your house!
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, Refreshing and Swoony!

I loved the characters, the story and seeing how Christina June put her own modern spin on the classic tale of Cinderella. Tatum is a relateable character and watching her navigate her way through family, friendships and first love left me with a big, goofy smile on my face. Fairy-tale retellings can be hit or miss with me, but this one was a hit! I can't wait to see what Christina comes up with next.

Fans of Kasie West, Jennifer E. Smith, and Stephanie Perkins will e
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Fluffy, kind of boring, and predictable. Also, all the deception was killing me inside. Not a fan, unfortunately. :(
Carlie Sorosiak
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It Started With Goodbye is so darn charming! This book is the absolute perfect summer romance with sweet characters and an abundance of cuteness. I read it in one sitting. I loved Tatum's spunky personality. Her voice is pitch-perfect, and she just felt so real. I was getting major Sarah Dessen vibes throughout the novel, so I would highly recommend for her fans, and also fans of contemporary romance with plenty of swoon-worthy moments! ...more
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
16-year-old Tatum Elsea is not having the best start to her summer. Her bestie's skeezy boyfriend shoplifted $300+ worth of merchandise with the two ladies around, meaning all three of them were arrested. After offering her testimony in exchange for a less-harsh sentence, her BFF isn't talking to her and Tatum is under house arrest. When her traditional summer babysitting gig falls through, Tatum is prepared to do nothing but suffer community service and the company of her terrible stepmother. T ...more
Kris Mauna
I completely fell in l-o-v-e with this book.

"I wished more than anything that I could teleport myself somewhere peaceful and quiet, where people smiled and laughed instead of keeping themselves buttoned so tight they choked themselves."

If you're a fan of Cinderella then this book is for you! There is an adorable romance in this story, but the heart of this book revolves around family and friendships. I loved it. It felt so refreshing to read because Tatum is such a relatable character. We ha
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
Cringe. Cringe, cringe, cringe. That was basically this book, with about twelve cliches thrown in there as well.

Things that I like
- Really pretty cover. SERIOUSLY THOUGH, LOOK AT IT!!!
- It required no brainpower. Actually, probably in the negative numbers...

Thing that I did not like
- Tatum 'It's really truly not my fault' Elsea. If you blame her for anything, rest assured, there will be several paragraphs of her whining assuring you that SHE IS THE VICTIM. Don't be fooled, nothing is her fault.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE is an adorable retelling of Cinderella, yet it manages to feel new. I loved how June added plenty of cute references to the fairytale while modernizing so many elements. Tatum and SK are darling and funny, but Tatum's friendships and relationship with her (step) abuela make the story. There are a handful of flat-out swoon worthy moments, and another handful where I teared up. If you want lots of feels in a sweet, clean, and delightful package, this is the book for you. ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
Received from: Blink
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Why this book?
it seemed cute

What I thought

Tatum is having a bad summer . She doesn't get along with her step Mother or sister. Her dad is always away for work and things aren't going well with her friend Ashlyn . This book had its moments sure, but it's not something i'll read again. The characters also didn't really stick out to me. I could read characters just like them in a hundreds of books.With that said It did has a few surprising t
Paula M
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"I cried for the girl constantly trying to force a connection, to find someone who took her at face value and didn't ask her to be something she wasn't. cried out for the doors that had closed and cried for the ones that might never open.."

I didn't even know this was a retelling! Come to think of it, while I was reading the book I had this bubble of thought 'Gosh she's so much like Cinderella with what's h
Fafa's Book Corner

Mini review:

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was looking forward to reading this. But when I started it I couldn't stand the MC's parents. It was so stupid how they were being hard on her for no reason and yet Ashlynn didn't get held accountable. I felt that it was just used as a plot device.

Do not recommend.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Tatum is 16 and arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Going to a store with her Best friend and her friends dropkick boyfriend ended up with her being arrested and charged.

Sentenced to community service, her friends been shipped off to boarding school, and the bf is in jail her summers not looking to fun. Community services isn't her biggest punishment she has also lost the little trust she had with her step mum and all the trust of her Dad.

Her step mum is in charge now and Ta
Jodi Meadows
This was really cute.
McCall Hoyle
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the sweetest fairy tale retelling I've ever read. I loved it from start to finish.

Tatum, the main character, is realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed her character arc, her interest in graphic design, and her interest in the adorable SK, who she develops a relationship with online.

I'm a satisfied teacher/reader who will recommend this read to her students.
Heather Fleet
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, can-t-wait, up-next
There is so much to love about this story that I can't get all my thoughts straight quite yet. In other words...full review to come. :) ...more
Aug 16, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2017, in-english
DNF @57%

because I am bored to death. This book had no plot so far and literally nothing happend in the 170 pages I've read.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I cried for the girl whose voice remained unheard, who did her best to be good but didn't always get it right. I cried for the girl constantly trying to forge a connection, to find someone who took her at face value and didn't ask her to be something she wasn't. I cried for the doors that had closed and cried for the ones that might never open. I cried out of want, out of thirst for something nameless, my heart beating itself into a frenzy..."

***ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm teetering between a 3 and 3.5 stars

It started with goodbye started really, really slow for me. So slow, that I almost did not keep reading. Which is rare for me. I looked at all the 4 star reviews and scratched my head - what was I missing? So I kept at it. Then this book began to grow on me. It found it's stride or perhaps I found mine while reading this book. It started with Goodbye - this modern take on Cinderella - slowly grabbed my attention. Although it did start slow for me, it did bu
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christina June did a wonderful job with her debut novel! I genuinely enjoyed It Started With Goodbye, i was sucked into the book from the first page. The characters are funny and relatable, and the family issues really made you feel for the main character Tatum.

With all that being said, i did have a couple issues with the book. First the pacing was wierd to me. It was moving along at first, then got pretty slow, and then everything seemed to happen in the last 75 pages. It made the ending feel v
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Christina 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, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US ...more

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