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Goodbye Days

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  10,788 ratings  ·  2,345 reviews
What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Gabriella "Where are you guys? Text me back" Carver sent this text to Mars. Hope this helped!…more"Where are you guys? Text me back" Carver sent this text to Mars. Hope this helped!(less)
Kevin Topolovec Not a difficult read, but the subject matter is a little heavy for pre-teens

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Jeff Zentner
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Here's where GOODBYE DAYS came from:

I think about death a lot. Not to an unhealthy degree, mind you. Or at least I don’t think so. I guess it’s hard to be objective about this sort of thing.

I know that I think about dying at least once a day.
Anyway, death fascinates me. And while I adhere to the maxim “write what you know,” I adhere much more to the idea “write what you struggle with.” I find the subject of teenagers dealing with death--particularly the death of other teenagers (and friends no
Larry H
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Where are you guys? Text me back?"

Carver Briggs sent that text to his best friend Mars, who was driving home from a movie with their two other best friends, Eli and Blake. Such an innocuous text. Mars was replying to Carver when his car rear-ended a stopped truck. Mars, Eli, and Blake were all killed in the accident.

It is unbelievable to Carver that his three best friends are dead. He is devastated at the thought of spending his senior year in high school, and his whole life, without them. Even
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This author wrote one of my all time favorite books...The Serpent King. If you have not read that one just go now. I'll wait.

So my expectations for this one were pretty high.

And it made me feel like an old hateful woman. I'll get to why in a bit.

(This is not a spoiler either-so cool your drawers) Carver sent a text to his three best friends. Where are you guys? Text me back
That text is more than likely what caused his friends to be in a fatal accident. So Carver has the guilt. Then he finds out
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Where are you guys? Text me back.

It all began with a text. Three friends were killed. But, let me tell you. The people in this book are major •ssholes! They tried to charge Carver for the death of his friends because the driver was in the process of texting him back. Here's the thing. If you're stupid enough to text while driving it's no one's fault but your own. You can wait until you can pull over or stop at a red light. If something is that important then a person would call you with an e
C.G. Drews
This book was super super emotional. And excuse me while I handle that like a potato who's been left out in the rain in a bucket of their own tears. I'm a little bit fragile right now DON'T MIND ME. It was a good book. It was also extremely hard to read. The panic attacks were written so so well that it half broke my heart with just seeing a book really get it. But like just the sheer level of intensity + me reading it in like just a few hours because I couldn't stop + how palpable the levels of ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Isn’t it terrible... What a loss... He was so young... He was so funny... He was... He was... He was. People take shelter under clichés. Language is powerless enough in the face of death. I guess it’s asking too much for people to veer from the tried-and-true under such circumstances.

It legit was my mistake thinking this would be more cathartic than torturous to read after suffering a loss myself last Monday. We constantly have to tell ourselves things like "he is in a better place".. "he's not
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just beautiful!


Kicking September off with this book and these two softies: Karima & Fares. 🌻

We’ll be virtually sobbing together. Can’t wait!
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I don’t remember reading a book that had me laughing and crying literally at the same time from start until the very end until Goodbye Days. When you decide to read the book, the most helpful tip I could give you is to take good care of your heart because after reading, mine felt like it cart wheeled out of my mouth not being able to withstand the overwhelming emotions and then feeling stunned, it was as if I forgot the poor organ still lying on the ground so I accidentally stepped on it and sma ...more
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh boy. What can I even say? I'm exhausted and emotionally drained from this book, but in a good way?

I was sad the entire time I was reading this. It's a hard story to get through, because it's devastating. As it should be. Because the subject matter of accidents caused by texting while driving is heartbreaking. I knew going into this that it would be a hard read, and it was. But it was beautiful in its own way as well.

The characters that Jeff Zentner has created in this novel are incredibly rea
♛ may
Full review posted:

past tense: conflicted; past participle: conflicted
having or showing confused and mutually inconsistent feelings.
adjective: conflicted

aka ~*~me~*~

Honestly, my rating for this book really does a terrible job of expressing how comprehensive the book was. I really feel like this was a more its-me-not-you case with this book since it had such amazing aspects about it and yet I wasn’t satisfied.

- Jeff Zentner did an INCREDIBLE job in
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can find the full non-spoilery review and other reviews @ The book prescription

Actual Rating: 4.25 stars

This was the first book that I read by Jeff Zentner, not that there are many books bu this author!
And the first thing that stood out to me was the writing style, I was captivated and immersed in the story, finishing it in 2 days only, and although it deals with heavy and multiple topics, it does so in a very good way!

The main topic which is loss/ grief is not a new subject in novels and I
Initial thoughts:
I finished this book last night and I'm still trying to process all of my feelings for this incredible story. Jeff's writing is exquisite and I definitely foresee him becoming a favorite of mine. Full review to come.

Final review:

Ever since I started hearing the buzz around Jeff Zentner's debut novel last year, The Serpent King, I have been eager to find out what all the fuss was about. I was so excited when Netgalley approved my request to review an ARC of Goodbye Days, and not
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

*Disclaimer: A copy of Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner was provided to me by Crown Books For Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.


Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

“Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wonder what’d happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together.”

This book broke me. I don’t know what I was expecting from the guy t
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
You read books and you think you know what they can make you feel.
And then you don't.

You guys already know I have strong emotions, if my emotions were a person they would totally be superman 😌 such strong beautiful emotions they are, I love my emotions, and books like this are steroids, so superman on steroids, imagine that!
Yup this is how the review starts, superman on steroids 😂

But honestly, I love Jeff Zentner's writing! It's so good in conveying sadness and grief, in my head the world his ch
Karima chermiti

Trigger warning : Loss of a loved one, Grief, Panic attacks, Survival guilt , Talk of child abuse

The Serpent King was and still one of my favorite books of all time. I never could find the words to translate how much that book means to me and how much I love it. So picking up Goodbye Days by the same author has this double effect on me. I was so excited it because at this point I wanted to fall in love with another book by Jeff Zentner but I also was scared that I won’t like this book and it wi
Norah Una Sumner

Wow. I am so glad I got to read this fantastic book. So, the story goes like this – I’ve decided to begin reading Goodbye Days at about 10pm and I’ve planned on reading till 12pm as I had to get up early for my classes the next day. But oh boy, have I done something completely different. I have ended up reading till 2am and just COULD NOT STOP. I got so invested into these characters that I just couldn’t seem to let this book down. And so I read, and read and read until my eyes decided it was fi
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
“I hope someday it feels right again to pick up a girl and get ice cream and eat it at the park.

I hope there are new beginnings in my future.

Exact same problem I had with his debut novel: the too-cringe-worthy-and-totally-unrealistic dialogues. So much so that every time someone opened their mouth, my mood got ruined: just so stilted and unnatural.

Too bad since it opened soooo well.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
There's something about books with grandmas in them that just slay me. This book had me crying and laughing and loving. Jeff Zentner has done it again. He's officially a favorite author with two 5-star books for me. So damn good. ...more
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
My heart has broken into a million pieces. Authors can be so cruel! I was not ready to deal with that emotional trauma. It was such an incredible book!

It deals with the topic of grief, and also shows the power of true friendship. This is the story of a boy called Carver (Blade) who sends his three best friends a text that changes everything. The next thing he learns, there car has crashed and they are all dead. (That's not a spoiler, it's in the synopsis.)

When I started off knowing that the thr
3.5 stars
This book is really sad, but also very beautiful. It follows a boy named Carver, who's three best friends die in a car accident after he sends them a text (one of his friends was texting and driving, and that's what caused them to crash). Obviously, Carver thinks he is to blame for their deaths, and it starts to take a toll on him and it's incredibly heartbreaking. One of his friends Fathers convinces the police to go against Carver and blame him for the murder of his three friends and
Stefani Sloma
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just realized I never marked this incredible/amazing/SO GOOD OMG book as read on Goodreads.

This book needs to be on your TBRs. I'll wait while you add it.

Okay, so GOODBYE DAYS is a beautiful celebration of life, passions, hopes, dreams. It thoughtfully and honestly discusses grief, guilt, and the power of one's actions. It will wreck you and heal you at the same time, and you'll love every gorgeous word. Seriously, you want to read this one.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of: contemporary YA
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
Shelves: netgalley, 2017-read
If you were given a chance to create a "Goodbye day" for someone you lost, by doing things they loved to do and piecing that person together with others by remembering them, what would it look like?

We follow the story of 17yr old Carver Briggs, who is the sole survivor of 'Sauce Crew', on his journey through loss, guilt and his desperate attempts of helping others heal, as well as trying to heal himself. He goes through all of this, while also facing the very real possibility of being criminally
Beautifully written, heartbreaking, and memorable. I've read it twice, and it was just as powerful the second time. ...more
4.5 stars

There are no words in the history of ever to describe how I felt when reading Goodbye Days. I wasn’t expecting to be so moved by it, but I found it to be such a true and beautiful portrayal of grief and anxiety and friendship. I can’t imagine ever doing this justice.
“For the most part, you don't hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“For the most part, you don't hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”

“Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wonder what'd happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together.”

"Our minds seek casualty becaus
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I thought that this was a very moving book. As soon as I read the summary, I knew that this would be a book that I would need to read. Just imagine sending a text to a friend and then finding out that at the same time you were texting them they die in an automobile accident. Now imagine that that car was carrying not just one of your friends but all 3 of your best friends. Can you even imagine that level of grief and the guilt from k
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
This. Fucking. Book:

(i) began with a punch to the gut;
(ii) showcases a brotherhood with authentic [bro] shit talking;
(iii) is set in the same-ish community as The Serpent King, including a cameo from a character from Zentner's prior story (I lost my shit when this scene happened, okay?);
(iv) kept kicking me while I was already on the ground resuming the fetal position;
(v) commands the formulaic "rule of three" trope with bittersweet effusiveness with events that never felt convoluted;
(vi) does s
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
I looooooved his debut, The Serpent King, SO SO SO SO ridiculously much so I'm uber excited for this. ...more
Katie McNelly
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jeff Zentner set out to write a love letter to Nashville. He accomplished this so well – so precisely – that I am considering uprooting my life in New York City to settle there as soon as possible, if only to surround myself with what he must see: the art flowing through the city with a pervasiveness rivaled only by the wind, and the people who inspired the characters he creates, whom I can only hope are as unique and beautiful as the ones in the pages of his books.

Goodbye Days, Zentner’s highly
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Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for

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