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The Goodbye Girls

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The students at Lizzie's high school are notoriously terrible at breakups. Forget awkward conversations—they're dumping each other via text. Inspired by the terrible breakups around her, sixteen-year-old Lizzie, strapped for cash and itching to go on the school's band trip to NYC, teams up with her best friend, Willa, to create a genius business: personalized gift baskets— ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 26th 2018 by Nimbus Publishing
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Faith Simon
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a decently enjoyable and quick read. If you're not totally and utterly tired of the sibling rivalry trope, which is very present in this book, then you may enjoy this particular read.
The premise of this book seemed immensely interesting, and although I don't have any issues with the way the plot as hinted by the synopsis is played out throughout, I can't say that I'm able to rate this
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Sarah Dobson
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

Lizzie was such an enjoyable character to read from, and I found her friendship with Willa very realistic and loveable and it reminded me of a lot of my best girl friendships. I also enjoyed the exploration of a sister rivalry, which was done very well here in capturing the dynamics that can come from two such different personalities.

I LOVED the plot. The mystery really picks up in the second half and I have to say, I was very invested and stayed up reading until I finished.
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Estee
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Um ok. I didn’t really enjoy this book. I didn’t really like the sister meanness between Lizzie and Trish. I can understand sibling rivalry but that was a bit too much. I also don’t understand Lizzie’s mom. She seems mostly hard working but what kind of message is her relationship choice sending to her two daughters?

The idea of the breakup baskets was great! I thought that was a real interesting concept and storyline but it kind of fizzled out.

The main gripe that I have with this book is that
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Shreya
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley and Nimbus Publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like The Goodbye Girls. The business idea was so original, and the beginning felt so real, but everything deteriorated from there. My main problem was with all of characters, except for Lizzie, the main character. Everyone spent most of their time repetitively fighting, and I found most of the relationships to be exhausting.

Willa, Lizzie’s best friend, spent a lot of time blowing up a
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Jessica Parsons
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars 

"It's weird, knowing something about someone they don't know themselves. He had no idea what's coming"

Lizzie Turner wants nothing more than to travel on the class trip to New York. Of course, that sounds easy until she realizes how much money it will cost to go - money that Lizzie and her family certainly don't have. When she notices a trend among the students at her school she turns it into a business to save money for the trip. The business? Breaking hearts. Lizzie and her best frien
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Bailey
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
The Goodbye Girls has an interesting subject which is what pulled me in. Lizzie and Willa form a break-up company: the dumper purchases a unique gift basket that includes favorite items of the dumpee that the Goodbye Girls then assemble and deliver in secret. The business is successful and running smoothly for a while until someone sets out to sabotage the company by sending vile baskets that are labeled from the Goodbye Girls. Along with the mystery basket sender, there are are a few other dram ...more
Jennifer
The Goodbye Girls was one of those books where I was sure I knew how it would end from the beginning. When some things started happening, I just nodded to myself, having seen the signs from the beginning. If the whole book had been like that, I would have had a chard time finding any enjoyment out of reading it. As it stands, the biggest plot twist, I did not see coming at all. The characters were developed and complex enough that you didn't know right away what they were going to do.

I will say
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Eve
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The writing style was very engaging and pulled me right in. The character of Lizzie was very likeable and relatable, as was her best friend Willa.
The plot follows a teenager and her friend try to make money ahead of a school trip to New York by setting up a business where they are paid by strangers to handle their break up for them. They create baskets of the dumpers favourite things alongside a letter from the dumper and leave it on the dumpees doorstep. The main storyline of the 'Break up Bas
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Brittany Lamb
**2.75 stars

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really quick, decent read that will leave you thinking "Oh... OK". The characters in this were all really hard to like for me personally. The hatred between the two siblings seemed highly exaggerated considering there was no actual inciting incident to cause a feud this bad. The friendship that Willa and Lizzie had kind of had a weird dynamic to me that I could never fully figure out. I don't know if this
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Laura ( Latteandbooks )
I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis of it sounded so good, I haven’t read or heard of any like it, that’s why I was so interested in it.
While reading this book, Lizzie was the best part of it although maybe a little immature at times. Willa was rather annoying, because she was always getting after Lizzie about certain things were imo she had no right to do. Also going after Lizzie’s older sister Trisha I mean she’s not the nicest person ever but I still don’t think that Willa should
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Cee
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: canlit-pub-2018
Lizzie and Willa decide to start a business so that Lizzie may raise enough money to go to New York with the school band. The Goodbye Girls offer to deliver baskets so that dumpers may avoid telling their girl/boyfriend that they want to break up. The moral consequences begin to mount for the girls as they begin to deliver more and more personal baskets. Lizzie's life becomes even more complicated when her older sister Trish's boyfriend Garret beings to flirt with Lizzie.
As the plot thickens, th
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Kimberly
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The premise is different and I was enjoying the book, however the eARC has a few glitches (it was missing text messages) but I was dealing with it fine and not letting that affect me to much cause that’s not authors fault.

I found Lizzie to be annoying at times and on the bratty side and wished that the issues between Lizzie and her sister, her mom and her BFF and been worked out rather than just sudoku being ok.
Zoe Elizabeth
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This book was a cute enough YA novel. I didn’t love the characters, but I also didn’t find them unbelievable. I could’ve have used more resolution to the story, but ultimately I enjoyed it.

Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Colleen
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy.*

Read this in one sitting. It was a nice, light YA read and exactly what I needed. I really enjoyed the writing and the premise.

I really liked that things didn’t end in a cliche way. The ending actually surprised me.
Darby
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-7
Reality fiction. Relatable. Easy read. Relationship drama. Family relationships.
Eliza
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Eh. Premise seemed more interesting than the actual book.
Tia
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received an copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The story was very light and not much really happened. The main idea is that these two friends want to go on a school trip to New York and one of them Lizzy cannot afford it so they work together to form a business selling "break-up baskets" for the students at their school. However someone starts sending rogue baskets and the girls must find out who it is. There was a mystery element in there but I feel like it wasn
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Hope
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Nov 02, 2018
Cheryl
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

I'm still on the fence about this book. I wanted to LOVE it, but I just couldn't get into it. I think I may have to read this again to wrap my feelings around it. Its a quick read!
Vikkis
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Aug 28, 2018
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Haley Lossing
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This story was very unique and engaging. Not like any other book I've read before. I'd recommend for young adults and up.
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