It Started with Goodbye – Christina June

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). 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. –

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via in exchange for an honest review.

There was so much I loved about this book so I am going to dot point it out so that I can keep my thoughts on track!

  • It’s a Cinderella story. I feel like that’s “enough said”. Who doesn’t love a Cinderella style romance?
  • It reminded me a little of Looking for Alibrandi in terms of the strained relationship with the mother and father as well as the trouble of fitting in and doing right by others and yourself conflicting.
  • It really holds your attention, well paced, interesting characters, nice character and plot development and relationships don’t happen out of nowhere, they are built and true to life.
  • The constant theme of saying goodbye and letting go and how to do either really rang true throughout the entire novel and was a lovely sentiment.
  • For once, family secrets and differences work to bring people together rather than push them apart.

Please do yourself a favour and pick up a copy asap!


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