Published by Blink/HarperCollins
It started with goodbye started really, really slow for me. So slow, that I almost did not keep reading. Which is rare for me. I looked at all the 4 star reviews and scratched my head – what was I missing? So I kept at it. Then this book began to grow on me. It found it’s stride or perhaps I found mine while reading this book. It started with Goodbye – this modern take on Cinderella – slowly grabbed my attention. Although it did start slow for me, it did build and became a cute, enjoyable read. This book is most likely going to appeal more to the YA crowd.
Sixteen year old Tatum Elsea is out with her best friend and her boyfriend when things go wrong. She is waiting for them in the car when they jump in the back and things turn horribly wrong. Tatum is falsely accused of a crime and her father and step – mother do not believe her and she is basically placed under their house arrest and assigned community service. This all goes down right before her father goes out of town on business. I did find it strange that her father and step Mother really didn’t listen to Tatum and her version of events. They were quick to be her judge and jury. How sad to be falsely accused and not have anyone believe you or even give you a chance to tell your side of the story.
Tatum is a typical teenager but with mad design skills. She is quirky, sullen, secretive, funny, and believable. To earn money she has started her own web design business and takes on clients. She is also pet sitting at night while doing her community service during the day. Along the way, she is given some insight from Blanche, her step-Mother’s Mother. Blanche is wise, fun and likable while her daughter comes off as severe, harsh, stiff, and unlikable.
Tatum also meets a young man and he unknowingly becomes one of her clients and after some cute correspondence they realize that they have met before. He is essence her prince.
As I mention, this is a re-telling of the Cinderella story but with modern issues. While Cinderella was more about finding your prince, It started with Goodbye was about growth, family relationships, friendship and young love. I liked how Tatum grew over the summer and accepted responsibility for some of her actions.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.