Telling Christina Goodbye

Telling Christina Goodbye

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by Lurlene McDaniel

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Trisha Thompson and her best friend Christina are having a great senior year. Trisha and her boyfriend, Cody, are making plans to attend Indiana University together in the fall, while Christina has already received a scholarship to the University of Vermont. Everything would be perfect if only Trisha got along with Christina’s controlling boyfriend Tucker, who…  See more details below


Trisha Thompson and her best friend Christina are having a great senior year. Trisha and her boyfriend, Cody, are making plans to attend Indiana University together in the fall, while Christina has already received a scholarship to the University of Vermont. Everything would be perfect if only Trisha got along with Christina’s controlling boyfriend Tucker, who is trying to convince Christina not to go away for college. But suddenly their lives change one night when Tucker is driving the four home from an away basketball game. When his car hits a patch of black ice and overturns, Tucker walks away with barely a scratch, but Trisha is injured, Cody is in a coma, and Christina is dead. Those left behind must learn that it takes time for their scars—both visible and not—to heal. And they must find the courage to move on with their lives.

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Lurlene McDaniel is known for bringing tears to the eyes of her faithful readers. Her expertise lies in the teen drama, covering issues from love to death and everything in between. Here the author once again tells a compelling story of one girl's struggle to face life in the midst of loss and pain.

Trisha Thompson and her best friend, Christina, are as close as sisters. Their senior year of high school is spent preparing for college and hanging out with their boyfriends. But as the four teens are en route to a game one night, Tucker, Christina's boyfriend, hits a patch of black ice and crashes the car. Trisha is injured, Cody is in a coma, and Christina dies. Overnight, Trisha's life has changed. Worst of all, the cause of the accident comes into question -- that night, Tucker's car had been approached by another vehicle full of kids who were looking to fool around. Did Tucker attempt to play their game and lose control of the car in the process? Or was it a truly unavoidable accident? Trisha must face the reality of losing her best friend and come to grips with the uncertainty. A glimmer of hope appears when Cody comes out of his coma. But Trisha's much-anticipated reunion with her love is plagued by one thing -- Cody doesn't remember her.

While the subject matter is serious, McDaniel shows readers all the good in our lives. From remembering those we have lost to looking to the future with those we love, we must hold tight to what we have. Trisha and Christina's relationship will also resonate with teens, as will the close bond between Trisha and Cody, even in the midst of his amnesia. This heartening story about survival and love will not disappoint McDaniel's legions of fans. (Amy Barkat)

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During the first week of classes after Christmas break, between fourth and fifth periods at Mooresville High School, Trisha Thompson went looking for Christina Eckloe. She found her best friend crying in the girls' bathroom. Her sobs were muffled and sounded almost like a kitten mewing, hardly the reflection of a breaking heart, but Trisha wasn't fooled. She'd heard Christina cry before. And it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Tucker Hanson.

Trisha slipped into the unlocked stall where Christina was hiding, her hands covering her face. Trisha unrolled a swath of toilet paper and handed it to her friend. "Here, use this. It's more absorbent than your palms."

Christina took the wad of paper without looking up. She wiped her eyes and blew her nose. "H-how did you find me?"

"When you didn't show up for lunch, I started checking the bathrooms. This was my third stop."

"Wh-where are the others? I don't want them to see me like this."

"Kim and Darby went on to class. Cody's waiting outside in the hall."

"Why couldn't I get a guy like Cody?" Christina asked.

"You mean instead of a jerk like Tucker? That's always been my question to you, hasn't it?" Trisha felt angry. "Tucker is the reason you're crying, isn't he? I mean, he usually is the reason you cry."

Christina nodded.

Trisha sighed. "What'd he do this time?"

"We had a fight."

"Over what?"

"You don't have to talk to me like I'm a child," Christina said. She stood shakily and edged past Trisha out of the stall.

Trisha followed. "Sorry. But you've been fighting with Tucker off and on for years. It gets to me because he's not nice to you."

Christina bent over a sink and splashed cold water on her face. "You just don't understand."

"Enlighten me."

"This time it really was my fault," Christina said. "I ran into Bill Lawler at the library last night. Tucker was supposed to pick me up at nine, but we'd had a fight that afternoon and he didn't show."

Trisha rolled her eyes.

"Anyway," Christina continued while drying her face on a paper towel, "Bill offered to drive me home and on the way we stopped off and had coffee. Someone must have seen us together and told Tucker, because when he picked me up for school this morning he was really upset. I tried to explain that there's nothing between me and Bill, but he won't believe me."

"So now he's mad because you had coffee with Bill? What's wrong with that?"

"I'm Tucker's girl. I shouldn't have gone out with another guy."

"Oh, please!" Trisha crossed her arms. "You didn't go out on a date, you had a coffee together. How can he be that insecure? You've been with him since eighth grade."

The entire class knew about Tucker and Christina's relationship. He had been voted Mr. Most Popular and this year's Homecoming King; she had been selected as Miss Best Personality and Homecoming Queen. Kids saw them as perfect for each other, beautiful people who had been going together forever and who were destined to always be a couple. Only Trisha and her boyfriend, Cody McGuire, knew about the tumultuous nature of the pairing. To Trisha's way of thinking, Tucker was often hateful to Christina, sarcastic and even rude. Trisha didn't understand why they stayed together. Christina could have any guy she wanted at Mooresville.

"Are you saying Cody wouldn't object if you were seen in public having coffee with some other guy by people who think you've got an exclusive relationship with him?" Christina sounded defensive.

"Frank Russo and I go out all the time and Cody doesn't feel threatened."

"You're coeditors of the yearbook. Of course you go out all the time. Plus Frank has Abby Harrison for a girlfriend."

Trisha ignored Christina's logic. "The point is, Cody trusts me. After all the years you've been with Tucker, he should trust you too."

Christina looked dejected. "That's what I told him, but he's still angry."

"Then that's his problem, not yours. He needs to get over it, cut you some slack."

"There are other things too." Christina fished in her purse for lip gloss. "I've been accepted at the University of Vermont--"

"But that's wonderful," Trisha interrupted.

Christina smiled for the first time. "Mom and Dad think so too, especially since it came with a ten-thousand-dollar scholarship."

Trisha was speechless. She'd always known Christina was smart, but this really proved it.

"It's Dad's alma mater, so he really wants me to go there," Christina added.

"So why wouldn't you?"

"Tucker hates the idea. He can't accept that I would go so far from Indiana, or him. He's really bummed out about it. He wants me to go someplace in-state, like IU."

Indiana University at Indianapolis was a good hundred and fifty miles from Mooresville, a midsized town in the middle of nowhere. Trisha had moved to Mooresville with her parents and kid brother five years before when her father, an insurance agent, had taken over the job of area manager for his company. To Trisha, after having lived in a sprawling suburb of Chicago all her life, Mooresville had seemed like the most boring place on earth. When Christina had befriended her in seventh grade, that had made all the difference. Then, when they'd both started at the high school, Trisha met Cody, and having him for a boyfriend for two years had turned Mooresville into the center of the universe.

"How can Tucker expect you to change your plans--your future--for him? Why doesn't he change his plans for you?" Trisha asked.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book "Telling Christina Goodbye" by Lurlene McDaniel is a fictional novel about dealing with the death of a loved one and how to handle the effects of a tragic event. In this book the characters learn that grief, as hard as it may be, makes you stronger as a person. This story is sad and really makes you think about life in general, whether you live or die is a big difference. This book had a lot of conflicts. One major conflict that goes on throughout the whole story is grief, all of the characters deal with the death of someone close. An event that deals with this conflict was when the car accident happened. One night four friends (Trisha, Christina, Cody and Tucker) were on their way home from a basketball game. The ground was very icy and only one of the four friends, Tucker, had their seatbelt on. Another car kept trying to mess around with them and wouldn't let them pass. When tucker finally passed, the car hit a patch of ice and went flying. Trisha woke up and the only person from the car she found was tuckers, who seemed to be perfectly fine besides the fact he was a bit shaken up. He went with her in the ambulance and the whole time Trisha was desperately trying to figure out what had just happened. Another event that goes along with the conflict was when Trisha went to Christina's wake. Tucker told Trisha that he would meet her at the funeral home but she didn't see him so she went in by herself. As soon as she walked in, Christina's mom spotted her and brought her to her daughter's coffin. Trisha got upset so she walked into another room which was right when she saw tucker. Only minutes later Christina's dad came yelling and screaming for tucker to leave, he didn't want to start trouble so he left. A final even from the story that shows how grief makes you stronger was when Trisha found out about her boyfriend Cody's condition. When her mom finally let her go to the hospital to see Cody, he was in a coma. The day he came out of his coma, Trisha rushed to the hospital. She ran into his room without listening to his mom and to her surprise, he had no idea who she was. Trisha waited until Cody's mom said it was okay to come over and see him. Cody didn't fully remember anything and only knew bits and pieces of memories. She was patient and took it day by day with Cody waiting and seeing if he would ever fully recover. Sometimes grief takes a long time to go away, but with the support of other it's easier to heal than if you were alone. I really like this book; it makes me think about how lucky I am to be alive. The themes in this book such as grief, romance and survival really make me want to keep reading. This book taught me that no matter how hard things can get and how bad they may hurt, they will always have a way of getting better. I felt as if I was one of the characters and I was dealing with everything they were dealing with. I would recommend this book to someone over the age of 13. This book is a learning experience within a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has definitely made its way to top 5 fav books. Lurlene McDaniel has been one of my fav authors since high school. I remember reading this book 7 years ago and still love everything about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad and amazing. Had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about true love, friendships, and loss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read 5 of her books they are really really good....ive have alot of people recomend this book so i got it and about 2 read it so thanx for the comment on the book!!!!!!!
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This book is a good read if you are into a good tragic but yet touching story. If you have ever lost a friend in a car accident this book will really touch your heart with alot of feelings. I ussaly say both possitive and negative things about a book , and try not to persuade the reader in any direction, but this book is really,truly an amazing novel. I really encourage you all to read this outsanding book!
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I love this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooo soo good. I love Lurlene McDaniel and all if her books. This was a great read that made me think about how my life could change in an instant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing it Is such a god read i have read it 13 times and cried every one such a touching story it really teaches the effets of teen driving saftey and remember your seatbelt . I would reccomend this book for ages 12 and up because of relationship issues and older content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVS!!! It's amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Telling Christina GoodBye is an amazing book, it teaches us not to take one another for granted and to see how lucky we truly are to have our friends and family. In the book Telling Christina GoodBye four teen friends, Christina, her over controlling boy friend Tucker, Trisha, and her boy friend Cody, on their way back from a basketball game, get into a car accident that can change their lives forever. When Trisha finds out that her best friend Christina is dead and her boy friend Cody is in a coma without knowing when and if Cody will come out of his coma, is forced to try to move on. But Trisha still not remembering exactly what happened from the accident and trying to figure out why it is that she, Christina, and Cody were all hurt but Tucker barely harmed at all. Was the car accident really an accident? This realistic fiction book was a great. I really think that this book is a great Read because it makes us feel for Trisha and Tucker, and it has a bit of mystery to the book which keeps you wondering what really happened. This book is a little sad with a bit of mystery. If you like sitting on the edge waiting to see what is going to happen this book is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried at the end of this book because it was kind of sad! Read it! Its such an awesome book! =} =^]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It makes me feeel sad
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very realistic and at the same time hard-hitting. Lurlene McDaniel is my favorite author, and I think that this is one of my favorite books I read so far. In my opinion Telling Christina Goodbye was a really good book. And something that I personally learned from reading it was that ¿while people don¿t get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond.¿ This book made me realize that sometimes we do things that hurt others either with our words or actions. We might think that there will be plenty of time for us to change, and impact the lives of other people. But in reality we never know when our lives and someone very special can be changed forever. Then, it might already be too late to regret something. I know that it is awful and very painful to lose someone you loved so much. ¿Of course it isn¿t fair. But don¿t beat yourself up trying to figure out why it happened.¿ Bad thing happen. And it takes time for our aching scars to heal. I also learned that blaming somebody and being so down on yourself won¿t change anything. We must ¿Just accept that it happened and there was nothing you could have done to stop it.¿ This book speaks to us some good life lessons. And it is definitely worth reading again!
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Sarah Oleksiak More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Lurlene McDaniel book I have ever read. I would recomend it to anyone that is looking for an all-around good book. Although, I would recomend having tissues near by because every time I read this I cry because of how sad the storyline is.
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Itisme More than 1 year ago
it made me cry but i think it is a good book