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After her parents’ bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece tog ...more
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Published April 21st 2020 by Month9Books
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Stacy Fetters
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I am not certain of anything. Life is a mystery, just as death is a mystery. The best answers come from listening to the murmurs of your heart. Your heart is wise. Your heart is strong. Let yourself love, dear one. Let yourself, love, hugely and bravely. That is all any of us can do.”

This is a book that made me think about my own life while I was reading it and way after I was done reading it. Have I lived my best week yet? Or is it still to come? We never know when our time is up but that does
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alana ♡
“Before this week, I never realized that real-life romance isn’t like the movies. Things don’t have to be so serious and intense all the time. You can have intensely serious feelings for someone and be silly with them. You can go from making out to laughing, and back to making out, and that’s okay.”

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Looking for a new book to get in lost in this summer?
Pack your bags because we’re going to Hawaii for this mystery/romance novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat from s
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Natalie
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to get my hands on an advance copy of Woodburn's The Best Week that Never Happened and wow! Woodburn weaves a bittersweet love story between star-crossed lovers—thwarted not only by distance but also by insurmountable tragedy. This captivating, poignant story is perfect for teens on the brink of discovering who they are and what really matters in the time they have left. ...more
Danielle - BookishRhetor
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Woodburn has written a great debut novel, and I truly enjoyed this book! I can tell research went into the novel because of the Hawaiian based myths and legends that are a running theme though out the book. Furthermore,she created an entirely new take (at least to me) on what happens in limbo, or when you’re between life and death, which comes through in the form of magical realism. Woodburn’s take is that when you die, you get to live the best week of your life whether it’s happened or not. The ...more
Gina
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book after absolutely devouring it. And now I'm so sad it's over! This was a beautifully written love story that transported me to paradise and held me in an emotional grip the whole way through. It's incredibly moving, the characters are adorable, and the way the author makes the setting come alive is the perfect escape during quarantine. I couldn't put it down and I'm sure you won't be able to either! I can't recommend this enough! ...more
Melanie Surani
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley for this free book in exchange for an honest review.

This review will have spoilers because the book pissed me off.

Usually, I won’t bother finishing a book I’m not enjoying because — as we all know now — life is way too short to be wasting on stupid things.

This book, though, promised something interesting. The main character wakes up in a strange place, and realizes she’s in Hawaii, where her family used to vacation. More than that, her vacation crush, who she’s kept in tou
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Jessica Whittemore
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, this book was written by my college roommate, Dallas, and I’m just so so proud!! This is her first novel, and I think it’s just exactly what YA should be. The text is accessible and the protagonist is relatable, but Dallas eases in so many huge and valuable life lessons. This book starts as just a cute mystery of teenage crushes, but it builds into a lesson on grief, letting go, and living your best life. It is done in such a manageable way that even though I spent whole section ...more
Christy
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of emotions on this one. Full RTC!
Maureen
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This reminded me of one of my favorite books of all time, Anita Shreve’s The Last Time They Met. I mean no disrespect to this author, but rather many kudos to her. The stories are not really that similar, but I loved them both because of the “what might have been” story in both novels. Dallas Woodburn has a great career ahead of her and I’m glad I’m one of the readers who can first tout the wonder that is The Best Week That Never Happened. Tegan finds herself in Hawaii rekindling a friendship wi ...more
Dallas
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my first published novel, and I am so thrilled it is making its way out into the world! More than three years of writing, research & revising went into The Best Week That Never Happened. While it is hard to pinpoint exactly where ideas come from, I began writing this novel after one of my best friends was killed in a car accident. I didn't realize it while I was writing the first draft, but looking back on the book now, it is clear that on some level I was writing -- trying to write -- a ...more
Laura Valdez
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Sigy George
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I kept putting off writing this review because I knew that by the end I would have a stack of tissues wet with my tears. Dallas' debut novel has every flavor to make it a bestseller. I was drawn to the book by the blurb which was mysterious and yet gave away the main premise. "What if, when you died, you got to relive The Best Week of Your Life - but you died too soon, and The Best Week of Your Life hadn’t happened yet?".



I knew that the book was going to be a heart-breaker and most probably leav
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MANVI NARANG
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"If this is it—if this is all the Heaven I get—I’m going to soak up every last drop of it. I’ll make this week enough to last a lifetime."

The Best Week That Never Happened, The debut novel by Dallas Woodburn, is a YA novel that is not only heartbreakingly raw but also deceptively poignant, drawing reader's in with the brilliant themes it reaches across!

The story begins with our protagonist, Tegan waking up in the middle of a strange place in Hawaii, a place where she has some bittersweet memori
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Morgan Waltz
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2021
**Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc of The Best Weekend That Never Happened**

After her parents’ bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must h
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Sharon
Month9Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Best Week That Never Happened. I voluntarily chose to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

A friendship was born from a family vacation. Will the bond that Kai and Tegan formed long distance provide a connection at a most crucial time?

The Best Week That Never Happened tries to show how personal bonds can provide a connection in the most unlikely of ways, but the book was largely unsuccessful for me. The story travels
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Fernanda Granzotto
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it


*Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own *

This book surprised me because I ended up liking it much more than I thought it would.

For me this book was divided into three parts, the first one I liked a lot, a 5-star book that left me intrigued to know what happened to Tegan then the second part where we have confirmation of what happened to her, as I already did I imagined what it was I was a little disappointed but
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Jasmine
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming, wholesome YA novel with relatable characters that tug at the heartstrings, “The Best Week that Never Happened” was an uplifting love story and fast-moving read for me to escape to given all the craziness going on in the world.

There were some predictable plot lines and generic prose throughout the novel, which is why I docked a star. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable and engaging read.

As someone who grew up in Hawaii, I also appreciated the nods to local culture (it made me m
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Michael
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just for young adults!

So refreshing to read a young adult novel that doesn’t rely on tired or cringeworthy tropes. No dystopian future with the perfect teen heroes. A beautiful story about two young teens who must work through their own fears and insecurities while supporting each other to be their best (not perfect) possible self. All in front of the backdrop of an original and creative idea! Highly recommended!
Jane Posey
I read this debut novel by Dallas Woodburn and highly recommend it to all book lovers! This delightful story made me cry and laugh out loud! At different points I thought I had the story line all figured out- only to be completely and pleasantly surprised. Order your copy today and enjoy!
Annette Schmidt
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters are so real, so full of wisdom, and so fun. It was great escape reading for me. I could not put this book down and cannot wait for the next book by Dallas Woodburn!
Marissa M Christian
Sooo good!

This book is amazing! I love how real the characters were and the story keeps you guessing! Such a great love story
Hope Bolinger
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really enjoyable read! I absolutely love the concept of this and cannot wait to see what else this author writes
Jennieke Cohen
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and haunting debut that tackles grief, love, loss, and second chances by an author to watch! I fell head over heels for Kai and Tegan and their love story. Dallas Woodburn transported me to Hawaii just as I was getting stir crazy in lockdown, and I really wished I didn't have to leave the beauty of the island, even as I *had* to get to the end of the story. :D If you enjoy poignant romances with a bit of a twist, I highly recommend you pick up this contemporary gem! ...more
Yasmyn
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really cute metaphysical love story set in Hawaii. Made me wish I could be reading it on the beach, just as I worried for the main character and tried to figure out the twist. Definitely recommend!
Bart Bleuel
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read.

While I would not normally choose this genre had I not know Dallas, I am so glad I did. This is a real page turner and I am better for having reveled in Teagan and Kai’s relationship and growth. I would recommend this to anyone.
Jennifer Shanahan
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
This book was short but so sweet. Teagan and Kai meet as 8 year olds when she is on vacation in Hawaii from Philadelphia with her parents. They become fast friends and spend all their time together. She returns to Hawaii several years alter and on the last day of her trip runs into Kai accidentally. They meet up that night and exchange cell numbers to keep in touch. They become the closest of friends. Best friends.
Then, 3 years later Teagan wakes up in Hawaii and has no idea how she got there o
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Megan  (thebookishtwins)
Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

After her parents’ bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must have come t
...more
Matt McAvoy
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
An incredibly melancholy, yet ultimately heartwarming tale about death… and about truly living. The “reveal”, shortly before midway, is of course entirely obvious right from the off, but a twisty tale is not the point of this lovely book; Dallas has created a moody, heartfelt and emotional journey, with something of an air of mystery in the first half. After this, the book becomes more of a full-blown fantasy for romanticists – by fantasy, think Mills and Book, not Frank Herbert.

The timeline is
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chrysa
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
"I'm going to miss you, is all."

This obviously didn't work for me. Where do I even start? This book was so promising, but it tried too hard. It tried to tackle too many issues and ended up glossing them over, never actually taking the time to dive deeper into the situation, whether that was Kai's brother's drug affiliation or Tegan's parents' divorce. It tried to be witty and ended up being a collage of famous quotes and paradoxes. The only great example this book actually gave was that of
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Erin Sweeney
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An Engaging, Thoughtful, and Fast Read Really Does Happen
The Best Week That Never Happened, by Dallas Woodburn
Reviewed by Erin Michaela Sweeney

In this well-crafted YA novel, author Dallas Woodburn throws best friends Tegan and Kai together for a week of outdoor Hawaiian adventures that could lead to romance before life post–high school begins. An unexpectedly profound read.

The book opens mysteriously with a news article of a train accident on the east coast, then segues to a note typed in all lo
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