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Goodbye from Nowhere

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Kyle Baker thought his family was happy. Happy enough, anyway. Thats why, when Kyle learns that his mother has been having an affair and his father has been living with the secret, his reality is altered. He quits baseball, ghosts his girlfriend, and generally checks out of life as hes known it. With his older sisters out of the house and friends who dont get it, the only ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Emily May
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
And maybe you need to do that with your mom, your dad, the whole family, she said. Let go. Let go of what you thought it should be. And see what it is.

I've been reading Sara Zarr books for nine years at this point (2020) and I feel like she's remained fairly consistent. She doesn't go in for dramatics, though her stories are often powerful and moving. Her books are best described, I feel, as a kind of literary fiction for teens and young adults. Quiet, poignant tales about people and families.
Neil (or bleed)
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as need-to-read
One thing thats been consistent in Kyle Bakers life is his family. Its big, full of personalities, and every summer, they all gather at the Nowhere Farm to celebrate one another. This year, hes bringing his serious girlfriend Nadia and cannot wait for her to meet them and get to know where he comes from.

Things go well -- Nadia loves his family and they seem to love her. But its not too long before everything Kyle thought he knew about himself and his family comes crashing down. His father
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kyle's family is struggling. He knows his mother "has been seeing someone." His dad knows, too. That is how Kyle found out. Once the cat is out of the bag, Kyle is bogged down with the burden. Should he tell his sisters? Does he have an obligation to the other family -- to make sure the guy's wife knows what is happening? How can he even focus on having a good relationship with his own girlfriend with all this baggage? Why should he even try to keep playing baseball? Sara Zarr does a good job of ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

Alright, I'm just going to come out with it right away: this book was a snooze fest. I'm not sure if it's because my reading tastes lately have been more high-octane (fantasy, thriller, etc) or if it was that this was a YA book that was really trying to read like literature (and yes, that word should have been read with an annoying British-esque type of accent) but this
Jen Ryland
I'm a huge fan of this author but ... this book was a little low energy for me. I don't mind quiet, literary books in general but I felt like this one jus drifted.

I liked that the narrator is a guy and and part of a big, messy family. To me it seemed like this was about his relationships with all the women in his life: his female cousin, his girlfriend, his mom. I didn't think his relationship with his cousin was weird or creepy, but it did seem like she filled the place of a girlfriend or best
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Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high, high-school
Goodbye From Nowhere by Sara Zarr, 384 pages. Balzer + Bray (Harper), April 2020. $19

Language: R (100+ swears, 6 f); Mature Content: PG-13 (affair); Violence: G



Its Thanksgiving and Kyle has just had a great time introducing his girlfriend to his extended family at the family homestead, Nowhere Farm. When spring break rolls around, Kyles dad tells him that his mom is having an affair, which sends Kyles world into a tailspin. He tries to act
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
I dont know quite what to say about this one. I was excited for a new Sara Zarr book and mostly liked this. I realized its few and far between that I read an entire book solely from a male perspective, so that was a nice perk. The big family dynamic with so many moving pieces was very well thought out. The part I feel conflicted about is Kyles relationship with his cousin Emily. It was a joy to read a male main character that was so willing to open up and share his feelings, but it may have ...more
Name Chris
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Varsity baseball, his amazing girlfriend Nadia, its all going Kyles way, until it isnt. Home is different since his two older sisters left for college, but when his Dad tells Kyle that his mom is having an affair, Kyle realizes just how much has changed while he was only paying attention to his own life. As everything Kyle took as a given slips away, his cousin Emily provides the support he needs to reconstruct his ideas of what a family is. Author Sara Zarr is a master at creating characters ...more
Jenn Van
This was a good book. The plot grabbed me and kept me reading. I felt awful for Kyle and the secret he had to keep for his parents. It makes you so sad for kids who have this happen. Im the author handled the topic of affairs and family well too. Along with the depression and aftermath for all affected. I loved the image of this extended family just being there for each other no matter what and coming back to the place that they all grew up on for a final time. It was a good read. ...more
Doris Raines
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Filled with joy and sadness and an honest look inside a family.
Pretty boring despite some interesting family drama. I was put off by how uncomfortably attached Kyle is to his cousin EmilyI was a little concerned with where that relationship was headed. Seemed like a Sarah Dessen book but from a male POV, minus the satisfactory ending. ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK. This book is one of those quiet books that sneaks it's way slowly into your heart while you're reading it, so you don't really realize what's happening until you're at the end, and you're wondering why you're crying and wishing you never had to leave the characters behind inside it's pages.

Sara Zarr is a true master of writing stories that get at the truth and heart of what it means to be human in all it's raw, sometimes painful, yet still beautiful forms. GOODBYE FROM NOWHERE
Bookworm LLC
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
I have not read a book by Sara Zarr that I did not love!

Goodbye From Nowhere is a story of a maladjusted family who can't seem to make decisions on what is best for all.
It is a story of two cousins who rely on each other and wish they lived closer to each other so they could live life and forget about all the family drama.
It's about a selfish parent who is making her family live a life so out of the norm and how it is affecting everyone.

It's a must read!
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

Interesting to read a Zarr with a male protagonist! This book though left me lukewarm. There was a very close relationship with the cousin that bordered on a little incestuous, but the rest of the story was compelling.
Mrs.Heather Lassley
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the characters in this, but struggled with how he talked about his cousin. I felt like by mid book, that the story was more about that than the other stuff.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Was It just me, or where there some misplaced romantic feelings toward his cousin there at the end?
Dec 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of four novels for young adults: Story of a Girl (National Book Award Finalist), Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009) and How to Save a Life. Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain, and several anthologies. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at ...more

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