The Goodbyes is a moving and realistic account of the strength of an unbreakable bond, the anguish of unrequited feelings, and the wisdom attained through the highs and lows of triumph and tragedy. Told through the unique prose of debut author Leslie Welch, this story aims for the core of our emotions.
Webb Turner grew up in a seemingly idyllic Pennsylvanian town, tortured by a troubled household. His young life is turned upside down by the exciting, magnetic, and wild girl next door, Bree. They keep each other at arm's length their whole lives, however, dancing around the issue of their unresolved feelings while Bree's life steadily spirals out of control.
In the meantime, Webb's life is on a different trajectory. He escapes the small town to become a globetrotting rock music sensation, with a new romantic interest on his mind and the past left in the rear-view mirror—until he hears that Bree is dying. This shocking news unleashes a torrent of unresolved angst that won't be dammed until Webb drops everything and everybody mid-tour to undertake a dangerous drive through a blizzard to be by Bree's side, just for one last chance to say his final farewell.
With compelling characters, an unflinchingly realistic small-town setting, and emotionally sensitive prose, author Leslie Welch weaves a story that lingers in the mind long after the cover is closed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved this book! Great writing with a heartfelt story that will hook you till the end. The plot flows from the present to the past as the main character reminiscence how he falls in love at first site with the woman he is desperately going to see before she dies. The unsaid has more weight than anything as we try to understand why things happen. A very touching tale that I would highly recommend. Note: I received a digital copy free for review and an honest and unbiased opinion.
This was a heartbreaking yet reaffirming novel. The three main characters - Webb, Bree, and Charlotte - bring a lot to this story. As Webb goes from present to past and then back to present the story makes you pause and think about how different your early life was from his and Bree's. I found this book to be a worthy read that makes you feel both happy and sad. I received this free arc from NetGalley for an honest review.
What an emotive read this proved to be, heart-breaking, simply superb and unique! The story is told from the perspective of the now rockstar, Webb Turner, relating events from the present and memories from his past. Most of these events are concerned with Bree, who he met when she moved into the house across the road from his when they were both thirteen years old. He has had a call from his Mum warning that Bree is in hospital, dying so he abandons the concert he should have been performing in to drive home to say goodbye to her. As he travels through blizzard conditions, he recalls events from the past, the tumultuous times when he struggled to define their ever changing relationship and interactions. As he explores these memories, he also revises some of his opinions and re-evaluates other relationships. Exploring traumatic events from the past, the story explores the impact of dysfunctional homes and abuse in many forms, including drugs, neglect, physical, sexual and emotional. Despite the realistic portrayal of somewhat harrowing scenarios, the story is an enthralling, emotional yet easy read. It seems likely to only have a depressing outcome but keep reading, there is hope in there, too – for me the unexpected ending was superb, truly the icing on the cake! Many thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.