Author: Christina June
Publisher: Blink YA Books
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to more than expected as Tatum Elsea finds out.
Tatum Elsea thinks she is about to have the worst summer of her life. She has just been given her punishment after being accused of a crime she didn’t commit. She must pay a fine, do community service and be under the watchful eye of her stepmother. To top it off, she has lost her best friend. Her days are now filled with community service and working on her new graphic design business, something she is keeping secret from the rest of her family for now. She is not the only one in the family keeping secrets, a fact that will change the relationships she has with those closest to her. Tatum is ready for a fresh start and hoping for a happy ending.
It Started With Goodbye was a delightful read that had some of the best character development I have seen in a very long time. The way the relationships with the characters changed throughout the course of the book was so natural. Tatum’s relationship with many individuals changed so much and amazingly it all felt natural. That is a difficult thing to accomplish. I am spending a lot of time talking about the character development, but that is because it is the best I have seen in so long, it just blew me away. I loved the way Christina June used the fact that sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Even if at first it seems horrible, it can turn out to be good. There are lessons to be learned from every situation we find ourselves in if we just take the opportunity to look for the lesson and take all we can from it. I recommend this book to young adults looking for a good read but also one that will give them something to think about.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.