Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye

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by Shari A. Brady
     
 

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Before my older sister Francesca died, I worked at the bakery and wrote songs, but now I write lists. Lists like ten reasons why it's my fault Francesca's dead, or five reasons why I should try and win Howie back, or one reason why I need to stop lying to everyone, including myself.

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is an extraordinary novel about one family's

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Before my older sister Francesca died, I worked at the bakery and wrote songs, but now I write lists. Lists like ten reasons why it's my fault Francesca's dead, or five reasons why I should try and win Howie back, or one reason why I need to stop lying to everyone, including myself.

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is an extraordinary novel about one family's struggle to make sense of their world after losing a family member to addiction. Through sixteen-year-old Carmella's eyes, we witness the courage and strength it takes to overcome the consequences of grief, guilt and co-dependency. With conviction and determination, Carmella shows us what can happen when we're open to love, feel the pain of our loss, and find the courage to accept the truth of our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477561218
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/11/2012
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,126,078
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Shari A. Brady is a native Chicagoan and previously had so many careers she's lost count. A graduate of Loyola University's Business School and University of Chicago's Creative Writing program, she's finally a full-time writer, a dream she's carried with her since she was twelve. She lives in suburban Chicago with her awesome husband, two of the best kids ever, and their shelter dog, Betty Queen Elizabeth. This is her first novel and her last career.

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Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book because the synopsis was very appealing especially when paired with the title of the book. In the very beginning, I did not think I was going to like it. The writing seemed a little rough, but it was still a fairly easy read. The book did grow on me as I kept reading. When I finished, I was quite surprised with the rating I knew I would give this book. As soon as the book was done setting up what had happened and who everyone was, I fell in love with the power of the drama, emotions, and love that was all wrapped up in this book. My favorite character was Mrs. Sparacini, the bakery boss. Even though she was not a main character of the book, she had a strong influence on the story and the characters. Was it not her that was there for Howie and Carmella? And Carmella knew she could count on Mrs. Sparacini. I was amazed with how much growth Carmella had from the beginning of the book to the end. In the beginning she was withdrawn and running away from everything. In the end, she had become quite strong and I loved how she handled the situation with Donny. I think Howie had a lot to do with Carmella’s growth. He helped her be able to see things differently, whether it was that he had been there done that or that he really cared about her for who she was.
ReadingwithABC More than 1 year ago
Note: This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review. I love this book! It’s filled with the pain of loss, but also with the light of re-discovery and first love. Carmella (Mello) unexpectedly lost her sister and best friend Francesca to a drug/alcohol overdose. She feels guilty because she knew that Francesca needed help and she didn’t know how to help her. Deep down Carmella is a good person, loyal, artsy, and with a lot to give; the problem is that she is afraid: Afraid of disappointing her parents and ‘rocking the boat’; afraid of first love and heartache; afraid of trusting anyone. This leads to her making less than good choices, like lying and hiding. Howie is a great character. He hasn’t had an easy life either, but he has learned to cope with it and make lemonade with all the lemons thrown his way. He is upbeat, positive, a great friend, considerate, romantic and much more. I simply adored him and the fact that he was (and is) able to rise above it all and know when he needs help and how to help others. Carmella’s parents are infuriating. I know that for some people religion (and the support of the church community) is enough to overcome most problems/issues; but obviously this approach doesn’t work for everyone. Even though many people try to tell Carmella and her parents that she needed to talk to someone, they kept insisting that everything was dandy. Her parents were trying to keep her safe, but at the same time they kept comparing Mello to Francesca, taking away her freedom, and pushing their choices at her; in short, they were making her life miserable. I liked Anna and Jeremy fine enough and I love Ms. Sparacini (I love baking too and she is a lady after my own heart :) The characters were well developed and easy to associate with. The plot is somewhat similar to The Sky is Everywhere, which is one of my all-time favorite books. However, Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is distinctive enough and I really enjoy the use of lists such as this one: “What loves means 1. Risk. 2. Being honest with yourself and the person you love. 3. Accepting someone for who they are. 4. Courage to reveal your true self to people. 5. Total truth.” The writing is beautiful and able to convey such strong feelings, like despair, guilt, love, fear, and denial. I wish that the book was longer and I feel like there were some loose ends, I want to know what happens next!! Can we get another book? Or maybe Anna and Jeremy’s story? (*hint*)
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
This is really a wow book. Carmella's a character you will love, even though at times you want to make her listen or get help or something. Her sister Francesca died of a drug overdose and she's trying to deal with that along with parents that aren't coping well. I absolutely hated her father, but everyone has their own coping mechanisms and his seemed to be hiding from the truth. Though Carmella was doing the same thing herself, just in a different manner. You would think that since death was a huge part of this book that it would be a downer of a read, but it really isn't. It isn't a shiny happy read either though. Its just terribly real. You know that there are families out there dealing with loses just like Carmella and those loses tear them apart. So many books deal with adults dealing with loss, but not so many deal with teenagers. This is a great book in showing how a typical teenager copes with a loss this great, and Carmella is the typical teenager, complete with the appropriate angst and rebellion. Though I have to admit, if her parents were mine, I probably would have run away from home early on. They really don't make the healing process any easier for Carmella, instead they try to do what they think is best, which isn't. But the story isn't all sadness, she does meet Howie working at the bakery and they have a rather sweet romance going on. Everything can't be all bad! I recommend this book highly to fans of YA fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This as a said but happy book! Carmella is lucky tpo have someone as nice as Howie!!! Howie sounds so cute and sweet!!! We definately need another book maybe the (After Story Of Carmella and Howie)
Stressed_Rach More than 1 year ago
Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye was a heartbreaking read. I really felt for Carmella, Losing a loved one is hard to deal with. But Carmella was also dealing with guilt, thinking it was her fault in some way that her sister had died. She shut herself off from her friends and the world. Trying to please her parents but also not happy with the way they are treating her since the death of her sister. I thought her parents we not letting Carmella deal with the grief in her own way, poor girl. Besides the sadness and grief there was also a love story that lightened the intensity of the book. Carmella was a very likeable character throughout the book although I did find myself telling her to talk to Howie instead of clamming up. The book was very well written, very detailed and was a pleasure to read. I never put the book down hoping in my heart that things would work out fine for Carmella.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk if i should read this