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Goodbye, Rebel Blue

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ABRAMS and Netgalley.)
    Sixteen-year-old Rebecca (Rebel) Blue hardly knows Kennedy green, but a chance meeting in detention suddenly seems to have meaning when the next day Kennedy crashes her car and dies.

    The police have no idea if it was a suicide or an accident, but Rebel sees it as a sign, and immediately goes to the detention room to get something that Kennedy threw in the trash when they were together – her bucket list.

    As much as Rebel tries to get rid of the list though, it seems to not want to leave her, and she realises that she needs to complete Kennedy’s bucket list for her.
    Can Rebel complete good-girl-Kennedy’s bucket list? What will she learn about herself as she does it? And is she really that much of a Rebel?


    This was an okay story, but I found myself losing interest.

    Rebel was an okay character, but for someone who liked breaking rules and making statements, I didn’t quite get why she felt the need to complete Kennedy’s bucket list – I mean they weren’t even friends really, and the point of a bucket list is that YOU do it, BEFORE you die. Somebody else completing your bucket list after you’re dead doesn’t seem to really accomplish the goal to me.

    The storyline in this was okay, but it sounded better in the blurb than it really was. The whole point of the story seemed to be about Rebel becoming a better person through doing good little Kennedy’s bucket list, but I actually thought that Rebel was perfectly okay as she was to start with, and I didn’t really see why she needed to improve herself. Kennedy seem fairly happy with who Rebel was when she actually spoke to her, so why did she need to change?

    Annoyingly enough, Rebel’s bucket list was actually a lot funnier than Kennedy’s as well. Jumping in a taxi and shouting ‘follow that car!’ sounds much more fun that adopting a turtle.

    There was a touch of romance in this, but nothing special unfortunately. The ending was also okay, but again, nothing special, and I had problems staying focused on this book as it just seemed a little dull to me.
    Overall; an okay story about a girl, and a dead girls bucket list.
    6.5 out of 10.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

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    This is a great book! I was immediately drown to it because of t

    This is a great book! I was immediately drown to it because of the synopsis. I mean death is huge. It makes me think about our lives and how short they really are. Do you have a bucket list? Will you do someone else’s bucket list?

    Plot: The reader meets Rebel. A girl handed some bad cards and learning to move on. She is introduced to another girl during detention who questioned Rebel’s life. Then she dies. And her bucket list is in Rebel hands. I love this. Watching Rebel complete the bucket list of a dead girl is amazing. The plot flows well, allowing the reader to fully grasp what the bucket list is doing to Rebel. It’s just awesome!

    The bucket list: By Rebel doing the bucket list it changed Rebel. It help her looks at things in a whole new perspective. Some good and some bad. But she changed. Watching Rebel struggle and even face her fears in doing the bucket list made me proud of her. No one pushed her and told her to do it, she did it because she wanted too.

    Death: Death makes me questions a lot of things. What would you do if you only had one day to live? Where would you go? What would you confess? Rebel’s life has been consumed by death. By the death of her own loved ones, Rebel begins to wonder about her own life. And in doing that she….

    Falling in love: This little area of the book I was so surprised and awed at! I love that this friendship grew into something more. That this bucket list not only changed Rebel but changed the guy too. Remember, it’s your life. And what you make of it, is up to you.

    This is a fantastic book that I can totally re-visit again. It had a certain appeal that I could not look away from. Goodbye, Rebel Blue is a powerful story and sensitive story that is deeply moving. Truthful yet satisfying, Goodbye, Rebel Blue is great!

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