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It Should Have Been a #GoodDay

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Winner of IPA 2016 for Young Adult Fiction!

Sometimes a situation is not what you think it is

In high school perception can be the key to surviving. Especially if you’re hiding something.

The new girl — Emily hopes to leave a painful event behind her by starting at a new school, but it looks like that’s just a pipe dream.

The golden boy — Brogan is the big man on campus unti
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 28th 2016 by Clubhouse Press
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Martina
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
In Natalie Corbett Sampson's latest novel, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A #GOODDAY, we are taken through a typical day in high school by four very different students. The Canadian author didn't shy away from tough situations in this YA novel that grips you the further you read and leaves you with a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach the closer you get to the end. The characters are everyone you ever knew in high school - they are who YOU were in high school! The short chapters, each told from the pe ...more
Amy Mathers
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Sara
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a secondary school teacher I feel like I have met all 4 of these characters, I see them every day. What I liked most was seeing how similar interactions affected each student differently. It reminds us that we don't always know what experiences others are dealing with and feeling.

The realness of Henry is something I think every student should experience. Trying to explain the perspective of someone with ASD is hard to put into words, but Natalie did a great job of capturing it.

The social me
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Ellen
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Natalie has a knack for capturing the angst and voice of teenagers. This story features alternating narratives of four high school students during the course of one life-changing day. The most captivating voice is Henry who manages his autism along with the noise and closeness of his high school campus. As a licensed speech pathologist, Natalie capably takes us inside Henry's world. We feel his confusion and discomfort as students hurl insults and mixed messages his way. In the final chapters, H ...more
Angela Misri
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
My heart was in my throat for so much of this story, and that's because Natalie has a way of drawing you into the hallways of her fictional highschool. It's fascinating to see one incident from the minds-eye of four very different teenagers, and all the baggage that they bring to it (unaware of eachothers' baggage of course).

I don't want to spoil the story, but it is one of the coolest pieces of writing about the highschool experience that I have read in a long time.
Sharon Wood
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The third book by Natalie Corbett Sampson and the third one that I have loved! Each character's story is well told as they navigate modern high-school life. I fell in love with Henry in particular, a great insite into the mind of an autistic teen. The minute I put this book down, it was snatched up by my teenage son.I know he's going to love it just as much as I did and I have 2 other people waiting to read it when he's done with it! A superb read
Maia
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Each character's point of view is written in an authentic voice, enriching the plot and allowing Corbett Sampson to touch on a number of challenging topics. Phenomenal!
Tara
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another stellar tale from Natalie Corbett Sampson. A journey through high school, as told through four exceedingly different personalities, encapsulates the modern day fears, hopes, and emotions of being a teenager in today's world. With characters as vastly different as those in 'The Breakfast Club,' the consequences of today's social media, school violence, and the implications of one's actions are highlighted in this fast-paced, hard-to-put-down snapshot of one day. The characters read like ...more
Karla
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Each one of the four central characters evokes compassion. They are adolescents trying to make their way through trying days in High School. They each evoke strong feelings and one can glimpse the day to day realities of youth and the myriad of trials they endure. As the day and the book progress and the characters begin to weave their way closer to each other the book becomes more riveting. And the end is unexpected. It keeps you turning the pages.

Reading about the character Henry allows you a
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Natalie Sampson
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I gave my own book five stars. Because I love it. If I didn't love it, it would be hard to put it out there and ask others to read it too.

The most important theme of this book, for me, is empathy. The act of taking a moment, taking a step back, taking a breath to consider what might be driving the behaviour of another person. It's easy to empathize and feel for people who are similar to us, who share the same environment, or history, or culture or challenges... but the increased effort need
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B.R. Myers
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Told through the voices of four distinct students, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD DAY, showcases how the events of a regular day at high school lead to an unpredictable tragedy, proving everyone has their own reality, and no one is who they really seem to be.

Tackling a difficult subject, Sampson excels at dissecting the
struggles of today’s teens with a writing style that is raw, but
genuine and straight forward. With an authentic tone grounded in
gritty realism, the novel shies away from morbid vo
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Carol Moreira
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful YA read. Corbett Sampson does a fine job of capturing four distinct teen voices. There is a girl who is escaping past trauma, an injured athlete, a shy , good-hearted boy who longs for acceptance and, most movingly, Henry who has autism. Henry is a smart and loveable character who doesn't realize when other kids are making fun of him. All four are on a trajectory toward a meeting that will change their lives. Corbett Sampson creates a sense of suspense and foreboding as well a ...more
Marlo Lawrence
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to an advanced copy, I have another favorite read but Natalie Corbett Sampson. Her newest book due out in February, has such a relatable storyline for everyone. Set in a 'typical' day of high school students, readers can connect with the new girl with a secret past, the injured jock trying to stay cool, the 'good guy' hoping to maintain a low profile, or the autistic boy trying desperately to fit in. It should be just an ordinary day but when lives interact you never know what is going to ...more
Christian
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. How to put in words what I'm feeling... I couldn't put the book down, and raced towards the inevitable ending, all the while hoping for a different outcome, yet knowing in my heart that surely a different reality was coming. I won't say more, and risk ruining the story, but this is one book you must read. It is a story about perceptions, and stereotypes, and breaking through both.... The four main characters are so different, and yet so alike in many ways. I empathized and agonized for all ...more
FairHannah
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: can-lit, ya
I loved the way the different characters' stories were interwoven to create this compelling YA read. It felt grittier than the usual YA fare, and dealt with prejudice, bullying, and reputations -real subjects that matter. Natalie dives deep into these characters and lets us look through their eyes, and although it might have been uncomfortable at times being in their skins it made for a very compelling story!
Colleen
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I was the primary editor on this book and I absolutely fell in love with it on first reading. Raw, emotional and OMG if you love honest and realistic YA contemp that doesn't hold anything back, then this is a book you'll definitely want to read.
Linda Sancton
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a quick and easy read . It did remind me of my days in school when we all had our struggles and differences.
Daphne Dubois
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told through the voices of four distinct students, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD DAY, showcases how the events of a regular day at high school lead to an unpredictable tragedy, proving everyone has their own reality, and no one is who they really seem to be.

Tackling a difficult subject, Sampson excels at dissecting the
struggles of today’s teens with a writing style that is raw, but
genuine and straight forward. With an authentic tone grounded in
gritty realism, the novel shies away from morbid vo
...more
Camille Bryan
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I read it while on vacation, so I was able to finish it in a couple of days. I found myself caring about the teenage characters and comparing them to myself and my classmates from many years ago. I think Natalie did a great job in making each of them "real"... each with their positive and not-so-positive attributes. I enjoyed the style of the book with the alternating perspectives, which of course added to the character development. I didn't see the ending coming unti ...more
Jessica Thurlow
I can't say enough good things about this book. It's thought provoking, heart breaking, and completely relatable. Natalie Corbett Sampson really knows how to get inside the heads of teenagers. I think everyone should read this book.
Kay
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book churns up high emotion from page 1. It was challenging read because I think we can all relate to some aspect of what these characters are going through. It is very well written and the reader will find that the story feels true - you will find yourself here somewhere.
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