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The girl who inspired his songs may only have hours to live. A snow storm and two hundred miles separate a rock star from his chance to say goodbye.

The Goodbyes is a moving and realistic account of the strength of an unbreakable bond, the anguish of unrequited feelings, and the wisdom attained through the highs and lows of triumph and tragedy. Told through the unique pro
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Published July 2016 by Blue Moon Publishers
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Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an emotive read this proved to be, heart-breaking, simply superb and unique!

The story is told from the perspective of the now rockstar, Webb Turner, relating events from the present and memories from his past. Most of these events are concerned with Bree, who he met when she moved into the house across the road from his when they were both thirteen years old. He has had a call from his Mum warning that Bree is in hospital, dying so he abandons the concert he should have been performing in t
I was asked by Blue Moon Publishing, on NetGalley to give my unbiased opinion of the upcoming digital novel, The Goodbyes. My rating is a qualified one: Genre based (older YA, Young Adult, Romance, Women's fiction, reader ability), average reader ability, and the writer's ability to deliver a significant message within an uncomplicated format. 3.5 stars + for theme

If we say "Goodbye", does it mean "The End"? Can our goodbyes really be layered with nostalgia for what might have been, a moment in
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sometimes, the past is just as important as the present, as it is because of the past that you have reached your present. This is true for the people around you, as well. In this case, for Webb, Bree and Charlotte.

Webb receives word that Bree is near death, and he rushes home, as much as he can in bad weather.

Through a series of memories of the
Pat Bretheim
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Webb has long been smitten with the lovely young woman who lives across the street from him, Bree, but has never done anything about it. When she starts dating Jason, his best friend, it becomes painful to see them together.

Bree flirts with Webb but he doesn't know where he stands with her, so he moves on with his life, and joins a band. Song-writing comes easily to him, and before long his band gets a lucky break. They quickly rise to fame and fortune, but Webb can't get Bree out of his head.

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Title: The Goodbyes
Author: Leslie Welch
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction
Page Count: 226 pages
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The Goodbyes is a moving and realistic account of the strength of an unbreakable bond, the anguish of unrequited feelings, and the wisdom attained through the highs and lows of triumph and tragedy. Told through the unique prose of debut author Leslie Welch, this story aim
Saarah Niña
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Requires a lot of patience.

I don't usually read books about rock stars, I've always figured they would just be about an individual discovering themself through music, or meeting someone (the love interest) who pushes them to change their ways. I was glad this book was different. For one thing, the main character-Webb-is not an arrogant jerk of a rock star. And the book wasn't about him discovering himself but, about him discovering love. Well, rather he just sort of pines hopelessly for this gir
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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*4.5 Stars

The Goodbyes is a fast paced, uniquely written book that captured my interest from the very first page. It takes the reader on an emotional journey through the adolescent and early adult years of Webb Turner, a young man who is captivated by his new neighbor and who uses her as a muse to inspire his music and lyrics. His hope is that one day he will leave his sleepy little hometown, find fame, and maybe even be with the woman he loves.

The book begins in the present day. Webb has found
Anna Kopp
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God you guys. This book. Words cannot describe.

I felt like I was 16 all over again. All the feelings, the insecurities, the backstabings, the lies, and the tangle of emotions that makes up the teenage years are portrayed in this heartwarming and heart-wrenching read. The moment you think you understand, you don't. The moment you think you can breathe - you can't.

I seriously could not put this book down. It's a big change from my usual fantasy reads, and honestly I expected not to like it
Pamela Scott
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Goodbyes made me laugh and cry and say aww many times over. I absolutely loved this book. I found the book very moving and sad at times. I thought the characters were great. I loved Webb, Bree and Charlotte the most. Unrequited love is something most of us experience and the author gets this spot on. I felt furious with Webb as I read about his blinkered devotion to Bree who is not a particularly nice
Playground of Randomness
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was such a heartbreaking book. Webb and Bree have always had a very destructive relationship as teens. They were always with other people but somehow inexplicably drawn to one another. Their relationship consists of a consistent pattern of passion and destruction. Eventually Webb escapes his small town and becomes famous. This story tells the story of their past as well as Webb's frantic journey back home to see Bree before she dies. Honestly at first glance I expected this to be a cliché r ...more
Sharon J
A captivating story that was difficult to put down! This is an easy and enjoyable novel to read. Webb, Bree and Charlotte were wonderfully captivating teenage characters and provided a contrast in personalities in an intriguing story of young love, sex and music. While in essence a love story it also has many important social issues such as domestic violence and sexual abuse and are explored from the perspective of teenagers and young adults. The often short chapters which jumped back and forth ...more
Meredith Woodard
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest, I'm not much of a reader... I love words, and appreciate stories, but most books cannot hold my attention.
When I started reading The Goodbyes, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was emotionally invested in the characters. The dialogue was so relatable and natural, and the story held my attention. I loved how the chapters went back and forth from past to present, and the story is so engaging.
This book actually got me reading, after completing it I went on to read 3
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars-I got this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The feels. This book gave me the feels. I honestly didn't know what I was getting myself into with this one. I was automatically approved for it and I liked the cover. It has relationships dripping with passion and destruction. Characters who are flawed but relatable. It was a quick easy read that I would definitely recommend to a friend.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I enjoyed this story of a young man with remarkable gifts, letting go of his abusive childhood. His coming of age is a journey, he grows and realizes what he now has and is in danger of losing. I liked Webb and Charlotte, was hoping for a happy ending! I will read more from this author.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A quick read that draws you in and doesn't let you go even after you've finished. An emotional journey through the adolescent agony of analyzing the actions of friends, frenemies, obsessions, and oneself. And yet through it all: hope. ...more
Anna || BooksandBookends
This was definitely a different story and it felt as though I was left with more questions than answers at the end.

Bree is absolutely perfect in Webb's eyes. Every other girl he looks at isn't even half as interesting. But she isn't quite as perfect as Webb has painted her to be in his imagination. Her father is controlling and her mother willingly gives into any and all of his demands. Bree flees from home and stays with Webb's family due to situations arising at home. However, Webb's family ar
Fred McConville
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked “The Goodbyes” very much. Basic, down to earth, most can easily relate to the characters and their dreams and hopes. It’s an enjoyable read but allot time when you start because it’s difficult to put down. A day or two after finishing reading I picked it up and read it again. Still enjoyable, maybe more so, second time around.
Sue Wallace
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The goodbyes by Leslie Welch.
This was a very enjoyable read.
I liked the story and some of the characters. I was hoping he ending up with who I wanted him to. And I'm glad he did. I wasn't sure if I liked Bree or not. I liked Charlotte more. I liked the ending too. 4*.
Sue Wallace
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The goodbyes by Leslie Welch.
This was a very enjoyable read.
I liked the story and some of the characters. I was hoping he ending up with who I wanted him to. And I'm glad he did. I wasn't sure if I liked Bree or not. I liked Charlotte more. I liked the ending too. 4*.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In 2016, Web Turner is a famous musician and song writer. In 2002, Web Turner fell in love with a dysfunctional girl named Bree and his life was forever changed. Through “The Goodbyes” we view Web, in alternating time periods, recount the fall out of various types of abuse, grief, his confusing relationship with Bree, his stardom and the state of his heart in what is supposed to be the present. Web leaves a show just before it begins to drive to Bree’s hospital bed as it may be her last night. O ...more
Chantelle Hazelden
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a review copy of this novel by Blue Moon Publishing via Netgalley. I'll begin by saying that I give this story 4 stars.

This story definitely isn't your typical romance. A tale of unrequited love, missed moments and seemingly unbreakable bonds. You get a lot of emotional feels right from the beginning pages.

We begin in the year 2016 and Webb Turner is about to take part in yet another interview, part of being famous I suppose but then the radio host happens to mention Bree, a
Angel Hatfield
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Webb was a self taught guitar player in the band that was doing very well. But then he heard Bree was dying and he walked off the stage to prepare to go home. He remembers back to when new people had moved across the street and him and his mom toke them to show the new people where the mall was. Webb was in seventh grade. Webb had been unable to really talk to Bree he was totally memorized by Bree, but he manage to comment on her hair. . Another couple years go by and it’s prom time Webb mention ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well.....WOW! This book was not AT ALL what I was expecting. I LOVED it!!

The Goodbyes first appeared on my radar a few months back and the premise immediately drew my attention. I was intrigued by the description of a desperate man racing through a snowstorm to see his long-lost love once more before she died; however the fear of a really sad ending kept me from reading it.

Once it was finally confirmed to me that this book DOES NOT have a sad ending, I dove right in and from page one, this story
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this advance copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
The Goodbyes features a young boy named Webb, who becomes obsessed with a troubled little girl Bree,who moves into the neighborhood, and this unhealthy obsession governs the decisions he makes from that period and into his early adulthood.
Webb and Bree's early childhood had a few parallels that probably influenced his feelings for her, and may have been the cementing factor in the one-sided kinship Webb felt with Bree. Based on the
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a story of life tinged with romance and regret and suitable for mature YA and up.

Bree is the love of Webb's life. Always has been and always will be. This is why Webb finds himself hurtling towards a dying Bree's bedside after walking out on a wildly successful rock tour. It's been years since he has seen her, but his heart still remains with hers. So many memories speed through his mind as he races against the clock, hoping to see her one last time. Will he make it there safely and on t
Shelley Johnson
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Nash Norden
If I was judging this book by its cover, I'd say that this is a thriller read. But it's not. The Goodbyes is a story of love, self-discovery and growing up. The story is told in Webb Turner's point of view. Webb received word that Bree, the girl across the street that he love is dying. He abandoned everything and rushes home to be with her. Along the journey home, Webb is having a flashback on his relationship with Bree.

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. Mainly because of most of the
Wanda Maynard
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

All of these feelings just burst forth from each page, and the characters leap to life filled with so much emotion. I really loved the wonderful sentiment that was brought about on page 205 and was left in tears. This fast-paced page turner led me, as in slow motion, down an unforgettable path of jealousy that seemed born from revenge, hatred that brought about broken hearts, and never-ending love that brought two beating hearts together through honesty. A truly amazing high ideals of purity, n
Danielle Urban
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Goodbyes by Leslie Welch is phenomenal. The emotional rollercoaster is brilliant. I cried, laughed, and rooted for the characters. Many issues are brought into this exciting read. A tale about love, mistakes, and music. A young guy falls in love with a girl name Bree. Bree is going through a whole lot of hell. Her father is crazy and she acts on impulse. She likes Webb but is with someone else. Webb feels shy around Bree. He wants her but he doesn't want to play her games. Then there's anoth ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of The Goodbyes from NetGalley for an honest review and this is my review.
This book was was excellent. I really enjoyed the book from start to finish.
I can honestly say that I had mixed feelings about the characters in the book. There were times when I really wanted to slap Webb for being Bree's doormat and as for Bree that girl needed to be put in her place because she used her sexuality way to much to get her way and to play with that poor boy's head. I was so annoyed that W
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Born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Leslie spent most of her youth concocting elaborate stories. Her high school English teacher encouraged her to turn these creative lies into creative fiction.

By some miracle, her writing skills persuaded Penn State University to accept her. Between bartending shifts, she studied Fiction Writing and Communications.

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