It Started with Goodbye

It Started with Goodbye

by Christina June

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It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

“You won’t be able to put this book down.” Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest, and her BFF’s gone ghost. With a criminal fine to pay off and no way to get a job, Tatum starts a covert freelance design business online, and is soon trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his messages right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean …

But sometimes, going after what you want means breaking a few rules. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

Christina June’s It Started with Goodbye will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

“A … contemporary coming-of-age novel loosely based on ‘Cinderella,’ this book is suitable for teens who enjoyed Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries.” ?School Library Journal

“The romance is sigh-worthy!” ?RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310758662
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 195,587
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become—whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal—the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

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It Started with Goodbye 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
It Started With Goodbye is a charming, modern adaptation of Cinderella. When sixteen-year-old Tatum finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, she ends up arrested and sentenced to a summer of community service and a hefty fine. Shortly thereafter her father leaves on a business trip, leaving poor Tatum alone with her overbearing and impossible-to-please stepmother and her perfect step-sister, Tilly. Worst. Summer. Ever. Or is it? Despite being forced into manual labor and iced out by her bff, Tatum finds new friends and learns a lot about her family, friendships, and herself over the summer. With the encouragement of her “fairy godmother” (aka her stepmother’s mom), she starts a secret online design business. And begins flirting online with a client, her very own prince charming. I loved the dialogue in this book. I would love to hang out with Tatum. I loved all of the characters actually, I thought they were very well rounded. The “evil stepmother” wasn’t really evil, she always meant well and just didn’t see eye to eye with Tatum. Neither of them communicated with each other very well. I loved the “fairy godmother”, she was a real gem, offering just the right advice when Tatum needed it. I even loved Tilly, the step-sister—the perfect daughter—who Tatum comes to realize maybe isn’t all that bad after all. I’m not sure this is a book that will stay with me forever, but I truly enjoyed this story and the characters and would absolutely recommend it for fans of young adult fiction, and especially modern fairy tale retellings.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Super fun characters that you can connect with. Cute contemporary :)
Laura_V0ss_SBR More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from Netgalley for review purposes. Once I picked up It Started With Goodbye I flew through it. I was upset with Tatum's parents throughout the book because I felt her punishment was a little harsh for her part in getting busted. However, the harsh punishment caused growth within Tatum as well as with her family. Good for Tatum on having the courage to start her own business, I adored the relationship that grew through email. The email exchanges made me smile. It was so sweet. This was my first Christina June book and I can't wait to read more.
Jordan Morgan More than 1 year ago
A modern play on the Cinderella, It Started With Goodbye shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules. I was easily sucked into this book because the characters felt so real. They had real world issues and made real world decisions. For this to be Christina Junes debut novel astonishes me! She did an amazing job with the character and the story! I really enjoy the way she writes and how she tells the story. Each character has their own goals and story line, which is something I really love. It didn’t feel like they were just there to push the main characters objectives along. I really enjoyed the way that, although this book does have romance and a relationship, it didn’t feel like the main point in the story. I felt like it was more about Tatum coming to terms with her new life and her growing up. I also thought that she and SK had a really awesome thing going on in the book. I never expected him to be who he actually was. (If you’ve read the book you’ll understand what I mean ) Her stepmother and stepsister play important roles and I enjoyed their dynamic. I thought I knew where this story would go since it’s inspired by Cinderella, but there was so much more to this story and to Belén and Tilly than just the typical evil stepmother and sister. I really enjoyed getting to know more about them and their backgrounds as the story progressed. Blanche was one of my favorite characters in It Started With Goodbye. She brought a lot out of Tatum by challenging her thoughts concerning her goals and relationships. I really loved the way that she portrayed a “fairy godmother” but also let Tatum do her own thing. Then all the new friendships that Tatum was able to make was pretty amazing as well. Abby, Hunter, the band, and even Tilly. I loved the way that Tatum let herself accept the people in her life that wanted to be there for her even though it was reluctantly at first. I do have to also admit that I would have been perfectly fine if Ash and Tatum never got back to being them. I almost felt as if she brought Tatum down and wasn’t really a true friend. Ash is one of the characters that play a major role, but we don’t see or hear from her much at all. If there was one thing I’d change I think I’d want more on her. This was a really beautiful coming of age story, the writing was amazing and heartfelt, and the whole story was genuinely moving. The characters were all so relatable and everything pieced together really well. I’d happily recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary or Cinderella retellings. I think that we all feel lonely sometimes just like Tatum, this was a perfect book to help you out of that feeling. *I received a copy of It Started With Goodbye from Blink via NetGalley in return for my honest opinion. All opinions and thoughts are my own and are no way influenced by the publisher. Thank you Blink and NetGalley for letting me read and review!*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone please give me some book reccomendations!!!!!!!!!
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This was a super cute read. Predictable, but still very enjoyable. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars. I obviously enjoyed this one to finish it in two nights. It was a quick read, and I adored the characters. I think a lot of girls can relate to Tatum, and her situation. Maybe not the severity of it, but we all have falling outs with our parents as teens. I really enjoyed virtual Prince Charming, Tatum’s step-abuela slash fairy godmother, and some of the other characters like Abby. Nothing really surprised me while reading this book, but I don’t think books always need to do that. And since it’s a spin on Cinderella, you kind of already know what’s going to happen. Prince Charming was just that…super charming. He’s going on my book boyfriend list for sure. I get swoony just thinking about him. *sigh* I liked the growth Tatum reaches by the end of the story, and how she–and everyone around her–is better for it. I guess I wanted a little more romance, but I know the focus was more on the family dynamics, and Tatum’s journey of discovery. Props for making me a little emotional towards the end. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a cute contemporary read with heart.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE is really fun. It is about this teenager who got busted for being a getaway driver for her friend and her creepy boyfriend, but she didn't even know about the crime. It is a really really good book. Written in first person, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE immediately puts me in the main characters point of view. I really identified with her and felt how scared she must've been and how bored she was under house arrest. This is a great book for teens and tweens. Recommended. This is not a Christian book, but it was a clean read. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, can't wait to read her next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were fun and overall a good plot
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
It Started with Goodbye. Goodbye to Tatum's father on an overseas business trip. Goodbye to her BFF after an argument. Goodbye to the handsome stranger at her sister's art show. Goodbye to her keys. And goodbye to her freedom. It all started when Tatum's BFF got mixed up with a shady boydpfriend. It ended with the boyfriend being incarcerated, the BFF shipped off to a stuffy private boarding school, and Tatum with a permanent mark on her record and 100 hours of community service. What a summer this is going to be. It Started with Goodbye is a contemporary teen romance and comping of age story, with a bit of Cinderella added to the mix. Tatum is a normal teen who unknowingly gets stuck in a bad situation. She has to face the consequences, and she does not do so gracefully. She feels like the entire world is against her and, instead of accepting the overbearing rules her step-mother lays down, she gripes, complains, and disobeys. It would be frustrating to be blamed for something you didn't do, but still, acting rationally would have helped Tatum's cause. So she learns, one painstaking mistake and conversation after the next. It is definitely a Cinderella retelling also. You can see it in the family situation (though her step-family isn't that awful), the handsome stranger, and the hip grandma coming to visit. And I'll try not to give too much away by adding that the emails exchanged as part of the romance were absolutely hilarious. Definitely not a "true love at first sight," these characters get to know each other before falling in love. It Started with Goodbye is a cute Cinderella retelling and coming of age story. I recommend it to fans of such tales. I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
13835877 More than 1 year ago
It Started With Goodbye is a sweet young adult romance that also address the complexities of teenage friendships and the relationships involved in blended families. I enjoyed Tatum's snarky commentary and seeing her attempt to repair and better her relationships with those around her. 
LaurieTomlinson More than 1 year ago
I found this author on Instagram and pre-ordered the book because it sounded so good! June has a voice developed far beyond a debut author's and a message that's relevant both for the young adult audience and a 30+ mom like me. Can't wait to read more from this author!
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Tatum has been falsely accused of taking part in a criminal offence, while she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Because of this injustice she has to do community service, her father and stepmother have given her house arrest, she isn't allowed to go anywhere for the entire summer, and she has to pay a hefty fine. If Tatum wants to be able to afford this she should work, that's why she starts her own graphic design business and she pet sits when she's back from her community service. Because Tatum's stepmother has a job she asks Tatum's step abuela to keep an eye on her when she isn't around. Tatum actually likes this woman and it isn't so bad to spend time with her. With abuela's guidance Tatum is trying to get her life back on track. She might even find something she has in common with her stepsister. Will Tatum's summer be as horrible as she thought it would be or will something good come out of all the bad stuff that's been happening to her? It Started with Goodbye is a captivating story. My heart ached for Tatum when I read about the situation that lead to her heavy punishment. She's being treated unfairly by everyone in her surroundings and she manages to stay calm and undergo it all. I greatly admired her strength and determination to make the best of an awful situation. She's strong, she can stand up for herself and she's a wonderful friend. It was sad to see how little appreciation she receives from her family and I kept hoping they'd open their eyes and start to see the beautiful person she is instead of the disappointing daughter they're making her out to be. The only support she has is from her step abuela and I enjoyed reading about the wisdom of this woman and their heartwarming connection very much. Christina June writes about acceptance, resilience and perseverance in a fantastic open way. Her story has the classic Cinderella elements, but it also has a fresh and original approach of the subject at the same time. I loved that combination and the execution is flawless. The writing is great, the plot is impressive and the overall atmosphere is fascinating. It Started with Goodbye is a fantastic story about dysfunctional families, expectations and prejudice. I highly recommend this amazing book, it's moving, compelling and entertaining at the same time and it has a sweet happy ending.
inkouraged More than 1 year ago
Inkouraged search Classic Flipcard Magazine Mosaic Sidebar Snapshot Timeslide MAY 27 It Started with Goodbye by Christina June-- BOOK REVIEW A quick, summer-y read. Finished this one in one sitting, ~2 hours. It was definitely enjoyable but would not rank high on my list of Cinderella inspired stories (ie. Cinder or Ella Enchanted which top that list!). For one thing, when Tate the MC's BFF tells her that getting a misdemeanor is not a big deal she responds with "If you really believe that, there's a beach in Antarctica I'd like to sell you to." LIKE ??? WHAT? #whenyourroastsareworsethanbeef alSO cAn wE tAlK AbOUt tHE InSTAlOVe okay fine Cinderella is basically the epitome of instalove but what kind of teenage guy is like wow this girl looks cute I'm going to talk to her wow she hates my art work poster thing ahah she's so cute!!! LIKE PLEASE NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING SHE HAS NO PERSONALITY. ACTUALLY NO ONE HAS PERSONALITY. Her new friends Abby and Hunter? blip. Her stepmother? blip. The love interest who has green eyes "the same color as sea glass"? BLIP. The "fairy godmother" person that did basically nothing and was there just to act as a source of $$$ for Tatum and her personal cheerleader? B-L-I-P. She distracted from what I believe was the author's intended purpose, to tell the story of a girl who learns to believe in herself and make her own decisions instead of relying on an abuela to teach her everything. Even Ashlyn, Tatum's supposed "BFF" had no motives beyond being a bad-girl for once and going against her father's expectations. WHERE HAVE WE SEEN THIS BEFORE OH YEAH EVERY SINGLE YA BOOK EVER?!?!? This said, I did enjoy the emphasis on the importance of art in this book. Tatum's sister dances, the love interest plays cello, and Tatum runs a graphic design business. tHE CoVeR iS GoRGeOUs ToO!! Disappointing debut overall, but not so bad that I would have to sell it to a beach in Antarctica.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. My Review: Tatum Elsea is a sixteen y/o girl caught in a bad situation. Her rebellious bestie was dating bad boy--and she's just been charged as an accessory to grand larceny when the idiot steals four iPhones from a store and jumps into Tatum's car. Tatum's parents are supremely disappointed, not that she's ever felt like anything less than a disappointment to her perfect stepmother. Tatum's friend is furious, and missing-in-action after her fed-up father ships her off to a boarding school. Tatum's charges are dropped in exchange for 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine, which she has to pay herself. And, she's essentially under house arrest for the entire summer. Sure, her step-sister Tilly is home, but they hardly ever speak. Tilly's gifted, and a dancer at an elite high school for the arts--that disappointing Tatum didn't gain acceptance into. Her beloved father is away on a diplomatic mission to Africa, too, so it's just Tatum, Tilly, the step-monster and Blanche, her step-grandma. Blanche is a free-spirited gal, though, and proves to be one speck of happiness in an ocean of frustration, as far as Tatum's concerned. This is a bittersweet story that ends up being really awesome. The beginning is all about separation--Tatum's support networks all disappear--but she cobbles together new ones, and forges better connections within her world as a result. Tatum's got a lot of trouble in front of her, and it's not exactly all her fault. I could really sympathize with her anger over the way her parents treat her. It's not as if she planned the arrest; she was being a friend to her bestie, and had no idea the boyfriend was a thief. And, I also thought their treatment of her was overly harsh. As an outsider to Tatum's life, the narrative is structured to throw her stepmother into the harshest light possible, which is misleading. The lack of communication was frustrating, for me as a reader and mother. I can't imagine being so high-handed and never explaining why. Sorry. That said, I liked how Tatum found constructive ways to survive her punishment, and earn her fine payment. She's a great girl who's in need of a hug, probably several everyday. Her life, though it isn't terrible, hasn't been easy wither, and she could have used some counseling at some point. Or, hey, a human conversation every now and again. I get that her step-mom had issues, but be an adult, for goodness sake. Even her daughter was terrified of her critique. In the midst of this summer, Tatum recognizes that she's making friendships--and perhaps more--with the few people with whom she's interacted this summer, both in community service, and her new business venture. It's sweet seeing Tatum vindicated in the end, with her bestie making it right.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet coming of age story with characters you want to hug and never let go of again. Tatum is a sixteen-year-old girl, who thanks to her strong sense of loyalty and desire to watch over her friends, gets herself wrapped up in a criminally sticky situation. Now, she has to pay the consequences no matter how unfair they might seem. Life as she knew it ends when her stepmother places her under summer long house arrest. According to the blurb, this is a Cinderella retelling of sorts, and although there are perhaps a couple of similarities between the two, they are far and few between. In other words, if it really can be considered a play on the fairy tale, it is a very light one. That said, the book is wonderfully sweet and well done. Tatum is a normal teenager in every way and could be the girl next door. Her problems are very realistic--friends, parents, being misunderstood. It's something readers of the intended audience will relate to without any problem. Nothing goes smoothly in Tatum's life, but then she does have a slightly rebellious side. Her decisions aren't always the best ones, but coming of age and learning to prove yourself isn't an easy process. The story line is one full of feelings and emotions, nothing over the top but just enough to grab and not let go. It's all familiar, which makes it that much more engaging. This isn't a 'packed full of adventure' kind of book, but the pace still keeps up nicely, and it's easy to get lost in the pages. There's a perfect amount of descriptions, bringing the world and characters to life. It's not dull. . .and I'm saying that as an action fan who steers clear of heart-filled novels. . .but simply grabs with a wonderfully, warming story. There's a little romance, a light sort of thing which glides as gently as snowflakes. There's tons of friendship--new ones, old ones and ones which are in need of repair. There's family, forgiveness, learning to give, understanding and tons of other messages all rolled into a lovely, woven flow. It's the type of book to be read and thought of long after the last page is done. I received a free ARC from the publisher and loved it so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
YA_Obsessed More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. I finished it in one day! Tatum's struggles are believable and not too easily solved. Her relationship with her family is complicated and beautifully emotional. And Shay. Oh, Shay. He's the perfect combo of swoony and sweet! Highly recommend.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE is a story of old and new friendships, navigating family relationships, self discovery, and finding new love. Written with a voice that is easy to fall into, a story that lightly plays off the Cinderella trope, and a lovable heroine to cheer on make for an enjoyable story that is sweetly perfect. Highly recommended to contemporary young adult readers! This story is such a delight to read, although everything isn't easy or happy per se. There are some rough patches the heroine, Tatum, has to go through to find her happily-ever-after. Thank goodness she is a heroine that is so easy to connect with and cheer on, especially as she's pretty much an underdog through most of the story. I loved the other characters as well, especially her step-abuela, Abby (her new friend), and a boy named SK. The family dynamic added quite a bit to this story and I liked how perspectives change when Tatum learns some things. I also like that her family relationships are works-in-progress. The plot feels a little Cinderella-like with just a few similarities. I loved the story, even when I had issues with Tatum's stepmom. I loved that they both have some figuring out to do and that no one is portrayed as perfect. There are some realistic challenges from having remarried parents and a very rocky beginning when Tatum is pulled into a crime. I absolutely adored the romance! It doesn't take over the story as there is so much more going on. It develops slowly and sweetly and even though I figured out who SK was from the start, I loved how it all plays out and how they so effortlessly fall together. And that ending... Loved it! In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! This is a sweet and charming story with some great characters about a girl who is figuring out who she is and how she fits with friends, family, and in love that I enjoyed from beginning to end! Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from Blink/HarperCollins through Jean Book Nerd Tours, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“It Started with Goodbye” is a wonderful modern-day retelling of Cinderella. Tatum has always felt like an oddball in her family with her “wicked” (maybe just misunderstood), helicopter stepmother, Belen, and distant stepsister, Tilly (Matilda). Her father is frequently out of town for business and she is left with her extremely strict stepmother watching her every step (or misstep as the case may be). The book begins when she takes her BFF, Ashlyn, and her boyfriend who spells trouble, Chase, to a store- and then, without knowing it, becomes an accessory to theft. Her father and stepmother don’t believe her that she didn’t know what was going on, but their lawyer helps her make a deal to identify the other two (Chase and Ashlyn) in exchange for community service and a small fine. In addition to the legal punishments, Belen is putting Tatum under house arrest for the whole summer, and since her father is out of town, she has also brought her mother, Blanche, to stay and watch Tatum whenever she can’t be there. Tatum is suffocating and lonely- Ashlyn won’t speak to her and she is already isolated from her stepmother and stepsister. Luckily, she makes some friends at community service, Abby and Hunter, plus she has her stepgrandmother, who looks after her like a fairy godmother. Tatum also begins a business of graphic/web design, and she is going to earn back the money to pay for her fine, as well as build a portfolio for future college applications. Ultimately, Tatum learns some bigger lessons about empathy and honesty during the book. This is a fantastic retelling of Cinderella, and I really loved Tatum’s character- she grows a lot during the book and is a wonderful example for a teenager to try to see the world from someone else’s point-of-view. Blanche was a really fun character, and I instantly caught the fairy godmother vibe from her. There’s just a touch of romance in the story, and it was like icing on the cake- nice but not necessary. The biggest aspects of the story were Tatum’s personal growth and familial/friend relationships. There is also an undercurrent about the value of creativity and the arts/music, which was a lovely touch. The Cinderella aspect was really interesting, and none of her situations seemed as bad as she thought they were (of course, all stories are a matter of perspective) and it gave an interesting spin to the overall concept. This is a really clever debut of a talented author from whom I’ll be interested in seeing more! Overall, this is a really fantastic read, and I enjoyed it! I read it pretty fast, as it was hard to put down and the perfect length for a one-sit reading. It’s a feel-good book and a perfect holiday/summer read! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Blink Publishers for gifting me with a copy of It Started With Goodbye in exchange for an honest review! This book honestly made my heart melt.  I had been feeling kind of meh when I decided to pick it up and by the end of the book, I felt like the Grinch after his heart expands.  It's that adorable. 1.  The characters.  The author does such a good job developing the characters and exploring their different quirks.  I loved how Tate is a graphic designer at heart and she really goes after what she wants.  Tate, Tilly (her stepsister), Abby (a new friend), SK (a client), and Ashlyn (the best friend) are all wonderfully fleshed out and real feeling.  Their conversations with each other are equally hilarious and serious which made for the perfect mix to avoid most of the fluff that comes with the territory in contemporaries.  I do wish more development had been given to the stepmother and the father.  Personally, I found the stepmother's actions to be quite shocking and I wish there would have been a little more to display her side of the story.  Perhaps it's just because I was raised in a somewhat laze-faire household but tracking your child by their GPS?  A little much. 2.  The plot.  This was also well done.  I finished this in two sittings and found myself engrossed from the first page.  While the outcome and the identity of SK is somewhat obvious from the outset, I truly enjoyed the journey.  The pace is just right and keeps you interested.  It was nothing overly ambitious for a contemporary but it accomplished what it set out to do. 3.  The romance.  The author kept the romance to a subplot which I appreciated so, so much.  Romance is perceived as a necessity in contemporaries but the actuality is that they simply aren't entirely necessary.  The author included two romances which occurred very naturally which kept them to a very realistic subplot.  I loved the banter between the characters and the sweetness of their relationship.  The last chapter seriously made my heart resemble a pile of jello. 4.  The crime.  The crime that Tate is supposedly involved in is the main catalyst for this story.  While it served it's purpose admirably and brought some wonderful themes to the table, I couldn't help but be extremely annoyed at how the parents handled the situation.  Again, perhaps this is my upbringing showing, but if your child hasn't done anything wrong in their life and are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, extreme punishment is not the answer.  It'll only force the child to resent the parents more and drive a wedge that may not be able to be removed.  I understand that parents freak out a bit when they see their child in a police station, but it could have been handled so much better.  This prevented me from sympathizing with the parents at all, especially at the end.  They do try to correct things but it came too little too late for me.  However, it did bring to light what strong character Tate has and how she embraces responsibility. The Final Verdict: Quite a lovely contemporary with a true plot line of discovery and sweet romance subplots. 4 stars
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
It Started with Goodbye by Christina June is a recommended YA retake on the story of Cinderella. Tatum Elsea (TLC) is sixteen and about to experience a horrible summer. After Tatum unwittingly acted as a getaway driver for her best friend Ashlyn and Ashlyn's boyfriend, she's been charged with a misdemeanor. She has to pay a $500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. To make things worse, her strict and intolerant stepmom along with her perfect stepsister are the ones in charge of her "house arrest" as her father is going to be away on business. When her stepgrandmother/fairy godmother arrives, it is a blessing. Tatum is secretly starting a graphic design business, TLC Design during this summer of reflection and growth. This is a feel good story where the characters make dramatic changes rather quickly and the plot is very predictable. but it is all for the happy ending that you know will be coming because it is a Cinderella story. It is also quite decidedly a young adult novel. As an adult reader there were parts that made little to no sense and annoyed the heck out of me, but I am definitely not the target audience here. I would take this down to a younger teen audience (grade 8 for sure) as older teens or adults who like YA fiction are likely going to also have a few issues with the novel. The writing is fine and there is some progression with the plot. Suspend disbelief for a few parts and just go with the flow to appreciate this light, fun novel for younger YA readers. (I really love the cover more than the book.) Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Blink.