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The Goodbye Summer

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Caroline can't wait for summer to end so that she and her older boyfriend, Jake, can run away together. She decides to spend her last summer at home saving money working at the local aquarium gift shop--and spending all the rest of her time hanging with Jake.

Then she meets Georgia, a counselor at the aquarium camp. Georgia weaves her way into Caroline's life and suddenly
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Jaye Berry
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, contemporary
Look me in the eyes and tell me that summary doesn't sound gay. Oh right you can't because I'm not wrong. The entire book is literally just about a girl picking her love for another girl over her boyfriend but we're just going to pretend it isn't romantic (I know platonic love exists, don't @ me but it could have been epic). Just gals being pals.

The Goodbye Summer is about a girl named Caroline who after her summer of working at her local aquarium, is going to run away with her boyfriend before
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm usually an easy audience for a book. I cry easily, I get crushes on the characters, and I find myself swept away in the story, but most of all, I'm a fast reader. If a book is even moderately enjoyable, chances are that I liked it too. But it's not often that a book makes me slow down enough to devour every single word, holding them in my heart and returning to them day after day. The Goodbye Summer is one of those books.

In the interest of being totally transparent, I borrowed an ARC from
Ramisa (sentrancedbookworm) Chowdhury
Thank you Netgalley for sending me an electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Caroline is spending the summer before senior year working in the gift shop of the aquatic centre. But she has a secret; she is planning to run away with her boyfriend and the job is her way of saving up. But then she meets Georgia, one of the counsellers, one day and the two become friends. The story takes place over the course of whole summer, while the two girls weave themselves into each others lives
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not gonna lie , I thought this was going to be hella gay
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t identify with any of the characters’ high school experiences, but Sarah so beautifully wrote the teenage experience and its universal angst without being kitschy and overwrought that I still understood and connected with Caroline and Georgia. I was surprised by where Sarah ended the book, but I trusted Caroline and Georgia so fully by the end of it that I knew - the kids are alright, ya know? We don’t know what happens next in their story, but we know they’ll thrive at whatever it is.
Pamela Stennett

It’s the summer before senior year and 16-year-old Caroline has some big decisions to make. Her nineteen-year-old boyfriend, a grocery bagger at the local market, has plans of running off into the sunset at the end of the summer. Her parents, oblivious to this ridiculous plan, would obviously prefer she finish school and go to college in a year. And her brand-new work friend, overachiever and perpetually peppy Georgia, would just like Caroline to slow her
Mari Johnston
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If this one isn’t on your radar yet, it needs to be. I’m such a sucker for a book set during summer break where the main character works in a gift shop. Normally, these types of books are airy, free, and fun, and that’s what I was expecting from The Goodbye Summer, but it isn’t completely what I got. This novel resonated with me so deeply, in a completely unexpected way, and I’m so thankful it caught me off guard.

Caroline was exactly the type of flawed main character I long for. So much of my
Jennifer Shanahan
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
Quick easy read. Cute story about Caroline, a high school junior, who has an older boyfriend she is planning to run away with at the end of the summer. She gets a job at the local aquarium and befriends one of the summer camp counselors, Georgia. They become really good friends really quickly which is nice for Caroline because she doesn't really have any close girlfriends. As she and Georgia become closer, Caroline begins to reevaluate her plan of running away with Jake. He, all the sudden, ...more
Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
"The Goodbye Summer"
Written by Sarah Van Name
Review written by Diana Iozzia

"The Goodbye Summer" is a fun young adult romance that takes on many different aspects but fails to fully address its most important topics. As this book's demographic is female teenagers, we should consider how female teenagers could read this.

Our main character is Caroline, who is spending her time working at a local aquarium's gift shop, trying to save money for the fall. She's in a relationship with boring and
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure, the author is one of my daughter's very best friends. For those who are mildly curious about a mother-daughter perspective on this story, look for Chloe's review.

It's interesting to me how that connection colored my reading of this book. I believe we bring ourselves to everything we read, and so as I began the book, I'll admit I was slightly distracted by wondering how much of Sarah's history was on the page, and then of course, how much of my own daughter's
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Caroline is spending the summer working at a semi run down aquarium in hopes to pad her savings account; she and her boyfriend, Jake, are going to leave at the end of summer and she can use every penny she can earn. While working she is introduced to Georgia, someone who Caroline is instantly at ease with. As their friendship grows and strengthens Caroline begins to wonder if her plan to runaway with Jake is really what she wants or just the next thing to do.
This book is something I wished I
Ashton Kessler
I am slightly biased because I know Sarah and once we got drunk in a hotel room together. I’m so excited for her book!
Dini Kamayana
Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher Sourcebooks Fire for the free copy in exchange for an honest review. I will be posting this review on my blog in the coming week. This book is set for publication on 01 May 2019!


I think this is the first YA novel I've read where I can say that I finally understand people who say they no longer read YA because it's just not targeted at them. I personally think, read whatever you like if it makes you happy. However, I think I
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review can also be found here: https://katsbookishmusings.blogspot.c...

The Good Summer by Sarah Van Name is a young adult romance that deals with a Caroline's healthy and unhealthy connections with the people around her. She plans to run away at the end of the summer with her older boyfriend, Jake, and starts working at an aquarium gift shop to save money. There, she meets Georgia, a camp counselor, and begins to feel connected to people other than Jake.

First off, I have read some not so
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
File this one under that kind of YA that is a little Too Real in the high school memories it brings up. That feeling of being done with dependence on your family and childish things but not knowing yet what the alternative really looks like. Having an objectively pretty good life but wanting to get the heck out of it as fast as you can. And the older boys...thankfully no one like Jake happened to me, but I remember a few of them who hung around after high school on the fringes of some friend ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caroline is dating older guy Jake and plans to move away with him after the summer.

However, Jake's cousin Toby gets her a job in the local aquarium gift shop to earn cash to save to afford to move and live off but while working at the aquarium she meets Georgia, they become good friends and soon she starts having fun with her and making some good friends and get to be just a normal teen before senior year and having to knuckle down to decide her future.

When Jake's dad offers them to stay with
Jillian Bielen
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The cover on this book is what sucked me in. The back of the book gave me faith in the contents of the book. The contents of the book... just let me down!

As I started to read this book, all I could think of was how flat Caroline’s character was. In a lot of ways, I felt like this book was a YA version of “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney. The main character was just flat. The events that are depicted in this book are flat. It was all very blah.

Not only was Caroline flat but I found
Joann M
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Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
- this was a really interesting read
- the two central ideas explored here are: the ill fated girl who prioritizes her boyfriend over her friends; and parental pressures
- Usually in ya cont. we see a clear dichotomy of obviously bad relationships or obviously good relationships and never somewhere in between
- So what about those relationships? Yes the couple may be happy but their also overly dependent and isolated
- And parental pressures; tough love bordering on bullying and how that
Amy Hayes
This book was just ok for me. I found the characters flat and Caroline ‘s boyfriend, Jake, is such a jerk. I was frustrated that Caroline couldn’t see it, but she was 16, so it’s a realistic portrait.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I thought this would be f/f and it wasn't.
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Initial Thoughts: This was...really bad. It's illogical. The characters have no clear motivations. It's really a mystery to me why the protagonist wants to leave before her senior year of high school to "travel" with her boyfriend, and how she thinks she's going to do it while unemployed. There's not real chemistry between them either, just lots of awkward sex scenes. Overall, the book is really just the girl dwelling and dwelling and dwelling on leaving to be a high school drop out, and yet her ...more
Alicia Thompson
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-authors, fiction, ya
(Disclosure: the author is a friend.) This book is so beautifully written and heartfelt and I just wanted to give Caroline and Georgia and even Matt and Toby gigantic hugs (and none for Jake, bye). I'm 36, so not at all in the target age range, but this book brought me back to that late-high-school feeling of wanting more, but not being sure what that "more" is or how to get it. I didn't have the same high school experiences as Caroline, so I didn't identify with her in that exact way, but the ...more
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
* I was given this E-Arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review "

Nothing Happens in this book. We have to people who become friends because they work together, we also have a couple who are so incredibly boring. All they do is have sex and talk about running away together. I was honestly so very bored while reading this book. Nothing Captured my attention. This unfortunately was a miss for me. However if you like watch friendships form and books that take place during the summer you
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt more connected to Georgia than Caroline. Georgia seemed more realistic for the age while Caroline planning to run away with her 18 yr old boyfriend to go live wherever was a bit creepy. Other than Georgia why did Caroline have no friends? And then some pop in at the end of the book? Why was Jake dating a girl so much younger than he was? Overall the book really didn't work for me.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019
ARC provided by the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange for an honest review.

"You would think with the days so long, the nights would feel shorter. But they have a weight and a depth to them that isn't there the rest of the year."

Growing up, did you guys have a go-to author in the summer? For me, that author was Sarah Dessen. As soon as I saw a new book hit the shelves, I'd have to have it..but I'd hoard it until the summer months. Those were when those stories felt the most real to me,
Chelsea Pennington
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the free copy for review! All opinions are my own

The Goodbye Summer is a fun story of friendship and figuring out who you are as you get older.

The book is driven more by characters than by plot, and these inter-character relationships are certainly where the story shines. Of course, Caroline and Georgia’s friendship is the focus of the book, and it's refreshing to see a female friendship that doesn't need drama or cattiness. I firmly believe we
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
3 stars. The Goodbye Summer is book about a toxic relationship, a great friendship, and the bitter sweetness of summer.

This is one of those books that gets that fleeting freedom and heavy weight of summer equally right. The atmosphere of the book alternates between the weight of sixteen year old Caroline’s decision to run away with her older boyfriend Jake at the end of the summer (without finishing high school), leaving her slightly oppressive parents behind; and the lightness of Caroline
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Sarah Van Name grew up in North Carolina and attended Duke University twice, once for a teenage creative writing camp and once as an undergraduate. She lives and works in Durham with her husband, Ben, and her dog, Toast.
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