Genre: Young Adult
Length: 432 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 39 minutes
First Published: 2017
Where are you guys? Text me back. That’s the last message Carver Briggs will ever send his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought that it would lead to their death.
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 day 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?
Quotes from Goodbye Days
Our memories of our loved ones are the pearl we form around the grain of grief that causes us pain.
Grief is weird. It seems to come in these waves out of nowhere. One minute I’m standing in the ocean, fine. The next minute I’m drowning.
For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.
About Jeff Zentner
Jeff Zentner is the author of three young adult novels, The Serpent King, Goodbye Days, and Rayne &Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in Brazil for 2 years. Visit the author’s website →