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Publisher's Summary

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident, and, even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli's girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake's grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a "goodbye day" together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye days with Carver - but he's unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or - even worse - prison?

Includes the song "The Motion of the Earth" by Jeff Zentner, performed by Jeff Zentner and Elin Palmer.

©2017 Jeff Zentner (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of the most stunningly heartfelt, lump-in-your-throat novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you." (Becky Albertalli, author of Morris Award winner Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)
"Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent." ( Booklist)
"Narrator Michael Crouch's tonal changes are crucial to the story of Carver, a 17-year-old whose texting has contributed to the death of his three best friends. Crouch expresses Carver's regret and grief.... Crouch relieves Carver's anguish with glints of humor that are fully realized in the flashbacks of his adventures with his friends. Crouch equally succeeds with the secondary characters.... Crouch's shifting tones highlight the many aspects of grief and the power of connection." ( AudioFile)

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  • Justin
  • NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States
  • 04-22-17

Text "car accident"

While this maybe unnerving for whether coping with the loss of friends or a grieving mom and Dad.
This book was phenomenal from to finish. Sad,funny at times, and thought provoking.

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That’s not how that works...

That’s not how any of this works. Why doesn’t any one character say to Carver that it wasn’t his fault. That Mars was driving and texting and he couldn’t have truly know if Mars was driving at that moment. Since the question he asked was, “Where are you guys?” Texting someone as they drive isn’t the senders responsibility. It is the receivers. The story would have been better if Carver was actually driving the car and was the only survivor. Not even Carver’s therapist or lawyer tell him this. If negligent homicide is on the table, Mars’ father got his son a car and cellphone, knowing full well that those two things together could kill him. I read Zentner’s first book and this one seems like it’s a repeat of all the similar themes which was tiresome.

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Heartbreakingly written and voiced

This is the 2nd book I've read by this author, but the first I've listened to. His language is imaginitive, his characters lovable and imperfect. You feel you know them by the end of the story. The premise--the guilt of maybe being responsible for your best friends' deaths by texting the driver--is instantly gripping, but I was worried it would fall flat when developed. It did not. I was invested from beginning to end and the plot was heartbreaking and cathartic in turns. Carver deals with so much pain and confusion, and the adults & young people in his life help or hurt him in extremely realistic ways. I'll be recommending this to teens and adults alike because anyone who reads this will be emotionally challenged and matured by it.

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Read this one before Zentner's debut novel.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well, it's not one of those books that leaves me wishing I could get those hours of my life back, but it's also not one that I will remember ever happened.

What does Michael Crouch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't think that the narration was anything remarkable, but I think the narration was better than the story.

Do you think Goodbye Days needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, this is a stand alone story.

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