Ebook, 384 Pages
YA/ Contemporary/ Fiction
By: Jeff Zentner
“If you’re going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things.”
🌟 Honest Hamad strikes again and he’s here to tell you that he was never a fan of the synopsis of the story. He only read this because he loved Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner!
🌟 This is Jeff Zentner’s debut and I have heard great things about it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it but after Goodbye days joined my tear worthy books, I needed to read this even more when Fares picked it for me in my 10 bloggers, 10 recommendations challenge.
🌟 The Writing style is usually the first thing that I notice when I start reading a book and though the writing here was good. I had higher expectations because Goodbye days prose was excellent. I guess this can be taken positively that the author improved and I respect him for that!
“Because we should do things we’re afraid of. It makes it easier every time we do it.”
🌟 We have 3 main characters here and we have all of their POVs in the book. Each of them was special in their own way! Dill whose father is unavailable and is from a strictly religious family, Lydia is a famous blogger online but not so famous IRL and I loved this representation. Trevor was my favorite, he is the softest nerd you will meet who is trapped in a huge body!
🌟 I liked the small village dynamics and the reviews I just saw are a living proof that it was realistic and well written. I may have not been a big fan of the romance between Dill and Lydia but it is what it is.
🌟 The book has a kind of a fast pace with shorter chapters which is my favorite mix! I believe Jeff is great when it comes to this formula. I think the book deals with heavy topics and the most prominent was religion which may not be a comfortable subject for some readers!
🌟 Summary: This book was good and enjoyable although it is kind of a heavier read. I think the format of the book makes this feasible. I liked the writing but I know Jeff can do better (I read his other works). I felt like it was a 3.5 stars book for me but I teared at one point (Of course you know it if you read the book) and that always makes me biased and give a better rating. So it is a 4 stars rating from me!