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Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

e29c8700-2a5e-0134-0657-062f3a35be5fTITLE:  Goodbye Days
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Zentner
PUBLISHED BY: Andersen Digital
VERSION I READ: e-arc from Netgalley
PAGES: 416


(PLOT BY GR) Can a text message destroy your life?
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths. Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?


Thank you so much to the publisher from grant me an advance copy through netgalley. (This won’t change in any way my review for this book.)

Goodbye Days is my first Jeff Zentner’s book and I am so glad I have requested it: it is so much more than what I have expected. The writing is so overwhelming and tears were actually flowing out my eyes even in public places I couldn’t control myself. This story is so real that I am still shacking.

Goodbye Days brings to life the story of Carver Briggs who texted his three friends while they were going to pick him up and the text (probably) caused the accident that killed them. The reader will be drag in Carver’s nightmare where he is going to face the families of his lost friends that are blaming Carver for the accident, at least a good part of them.
Carver will have to deal with panic attacks, grief and guilt; he also has to say goodbye to his friends through the goodbye days which are an entire day dedicated to his friend with his family’s friend, it is a day where both Carver and the families of his lost friends are gonna learn something of the person they have just lost.

In a world where people decided to using their phones careless while driving even to do stupid things like to answer a text or (worse) check their Facebook page (I have seen those people and insult them from my car!) Jeff Zentner has been able to portrait a topic like “no texting while driving” in a brilliant and realistic way. Goodbye Days is gonna to make your think about life and not not take things for granted.

Jeff Zentner has written Goodbye Days in such a beautiful way — I literally couldn’t stop sobbing for the entire book and I had this urge to hug Carver. (Can we just make him real so I can give him such a warm hug?) I also spend a good part of the story to insult anyone who was blaming Carver for Mars, Eli and Blake’s deaths. You crazy people like if you ever text someone who could possibly be driving. Come on!
In conclusion, I just want enlighten Nana Betsy (Eli’s grandmother) who was my favorite character along with Georgia (Carver’s sister): two such amazing strong women who have been such a treasure in Carver’s recovery.

For your information, I think that this US law where you can be criminal investigated because you texted someone who you know he was driving is such a stupid law. I get how Carver can feel guilty about the situation but it’s the driver’s responsibility. Nobody’s else.
Please remember there is no text worth your life or somebody’s else. If you wait few more minutes to answer a text the world won’t end. I swear.


“For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”    


The book has been released on US this week but Goodbye Days is gonna be out on the UK on 7th April you can pre-order it HERE

Of course, I loved so much this book that I already added Serpent King to my wishlist.

4 thoughts on “Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

  1. Great review! I’ve been hearing about this book for a while now and I’m thinking of picking it up 😅 The message is SO important in today’s world, and I’m glad that an author finally decided to write a book on this topic


  2. Aww, this sounds absolutely touching. Sounds a little bit like Faithful somehow? Normally, I’d be interested, but I’ve already read Faithful and it was just enough guilt and pain for a while. Seems like a great, but a very heavy read 🙂 glad you liked it though! It’s good to read one like that every once in a while.


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