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It Started with Goodbye

Format: Paperback

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

Tatum Elsea’s summer has gotten off to a rough start, but neither strict stepmothers nor community service will keep Tatum from chasing her dreams, especially when those dreams involve starting a graphic design business and getting a first date with a smart and funny musician who may just be her Prince Charming.

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. If Tatum is reading his emails 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 in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.

But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And 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. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Contributor(s) Christina June
About the Contributor(s) Christina June

hristina 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.

UPC 025986758660
ISBN-10 0310758661
ISBN-13 9780310758662
Publish Date May 9, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 272
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Blink
Price $12.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
This story to me does not match the cover. I know a lot of people will read a book if the cover seems pretty or exciting. This story is a more modern take on the story of Cinderella--the fairy tale. I really enjoyed many of the dialogue that Tatum the main character has with the reader. Poor Tatum, I felt bad for her from the start. She seems like she keeps getting the raw end of the deal at every turn. It wasn't too long before Tatum's story started looking up.

Tatum's story seemed like a pretty normal story for teens these days, but It seemed like a forced type of story because many fox trails that the author sends you down have a hard time connecting. I enjoyed meeting the lead character but I would of been a little more resolute with my way of thinking if things evened out a little bit better. Story line was a good one and it was a nice, quick read!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own. (Posted on 5/11/2017)

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