It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

It Started With Goodbye

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 clie...

Title:It Started With Goodbye
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ISBN:0310758661
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages

It Started With Goodbye Reviews

  • Marci Curtis
    Nov 17, 2015

    You guys...SO MANY HEARTS TO THIS STORY. Absolutely loved this fresh, charming debut, brimming with friendship, family, and love.

    And--hello--SK.

    SK.

    AHHHHHHH....

    *dies*

    *swoons*

    *falls over dead*

  • Lisa Maxwell
    Nov 17, 2015

    I had a chance to read this one early, and what a terrific debut! Tatum is such a three-dimensional and *real* character. It's a great contemporary take on the Cinderella tale that explores the complexities of family and friendships, love and change.

  • Laurie Flynn
    Nov 17, 2015

    SUCH a fantastic debut. There is so much to love about this book: an authentic, realistic plot, conflicts you'll relate to, and a main character you'll wish you were friends with in real life. Plus, there's lots of humor and heart, and I adore a book that can make me laugh and make me think. Tatum's voice is fantastic and so spot-on. Teen me wouldn't have been able to put this one down, and adult me couldn't either!

  • Katy Upperman
    Mar 17, 2016

    Another Swanky book! I had so much fun reading It Started with Goodbye. It’s a modern spin on Cinderella, a story with weighty themes that’s told in this spirited, heartfelt way that made diving into its world an absolute joy. Main character Tatum is awesome; she’s constantly railing against her too-strict stepmother, but she never reads as bratty. Her voice is spot-on, full of humor and insight, and I’m pretty sure Teen Katy would’ve wanted her as a BFF. It Started With Goodbye has some steep a

    Another Swanky book! I had so much fun reading It Started with Goodbye. It’s a modern spin on Cinderella, a story with weighty themes that’s told in this spirited, heartfelt way that made diving into its world an absolute joy. Main character Tatum is awesome; she’s constantly railing against her too-strict stepmother, but she never reads as bratty. Her voice is spot-on, full of humor and insight, and I’m pretty sure Teen Katy would’ve wanted her as a BFF. It Started With Goodbye has some steep arcs, but author Christina June handles them with finesse, letting her characters grow in meaningful ways while preserving the heart of their well-developed personalities. And, as a romance lover, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “SK”, the mysterious and witty boy Tatum trades emails with after he contacts her regarding her graphic design work. So cute and so sweet, and the payoff is perfection. It Started with Goodbye debuts May, 2017, but mark it To-Read now, because you’ll want to snatch it up as soon as it hits shelves.

  • Tanaz
    Sep 30, 2016

    Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is in trouble for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. After being falsely arrested for shoplifting and paying a hefty fine, Tatum’s dad grounds her indefinitely as punishment. Tatum’s best friend Ashlyn (whose boyfriend had done the shoplifting) is shipped off to a private school, while Tatum is left alone at home with her fro

    Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is in trouble for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. After being falsely arrested for shoplifting and paying a hefty fine, Tatum’s dad grounds her indefinitely as punishment. Tatum’s best friend Ashlyn (whose boyfriend had done the shoplifting) is shipped off to a private school, while Tatum is left alone at home with her frosty stepsister Tilly, under the strict supervision of her stepmother, Belén.

    Tatum must now find ways to fill her free time and get through her house arrest without ruffling any more of Belén’s feathers. An unexpected ally arrives in Belén’s mother, Blanche, who sees through everyone’s nonsense, including her daughter’s. As Tatum completes her community service and opens a secret freelance graphic design business, she discovers that there is more to each member of her family than she realized.

    This modern-day Cinderella story is authentic and multi-faceted. Christina June has written all of these characters with such wit, humor and charm that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them (especially SK!). The references to

    made this book even a bigger winner for me!

    Recommended for readers of quick-paced, uplifting YA with an utterly sweet romance in store!

    (Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    May 19, 2017

    This one's going to be a mini-review as I can't seem to conjure up enough to write a fully fleshed wording of how I felt. I think this is mainly due to the fact that the story is fairly straight forward and I really don't want to take anything away from the future reader who may want to go in blind. I think most readers are aware this is a form of a Cinderella/Fairy Tale retelling that simultaneously felt new and familiar. While I wasn't blown away with the story, I highly respect how the author

    This one's going to be a mini-review as I can't seem to conjure up enough to write a fully fleshed wording of how I felt. I think this is mainly due to the fact that the story is fairly straight forward and I really don't want to take anything away from the future reader who may want to go in blind. I think most readers are aware this is a form of a Cinderella/Fairy Tale retelling that simultaneously felt new and familiar. While I wasn't blown away with the story, I highly respect how the author has created an age appropriate book in the YA realm amidst a sea of mature and graphic material that is being touted to a younger audience. This is the type of book I'd feel comfortable handing to the most conservative of teens and even a mature middle grade reader.

    The story did feel a bit predictable, but I applaud the author for covering some tough topics while still keeping the overall feel of the story light and uplifting. Those readers who love extra cheese with their romantic tales will be head over heels for this one; I think my experience was more a case of being too old for the appropriate demographic that will enjoy this story. I was immediately drawn in by the cover though, and I feel like it was a read that was worthy of my time, just nothing memorable. I would, again, still highly recommend this to that younger audience that are in the intended reading range and I think this novel will resonate in a deeper way with those in a similar walk of life as our characters in ISWG.

    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley

  • Joshua Gabriel (Forever Bookish Josh)
    Feb 28, 2017

    .

    . —Tatum

    This contemporary retelling of

    is nothing short of literary perfection. I even liked it more than the original fairy tale. It was a quick read for me, but I t

    .

    . —Tatum

    This contemporary retelling of

    is nothing short of literary perfection. I even liked it more than the original fairy tale. It was a quick read for me, but I thought that its content was surprisingly hefty.

    features elements inspired by its predecessor. Essentially, it is about a teenage girl who finds herself unhappy in her own home, particularly because of her mean stepmother. The doting father archetype is also present, as well as the beloved fairy godmother and the infamous stepsister. Finally, let's not forget Prince Charming, although he is relatively negligible in this book.

    When I come to think of it,

    is not a love story. One of the reasons why I loved it is that it focused on Tatum's relationship with her family and friends. In fact, one of the main conflicts in the story is the strained connection between Tatum and her best friend, Ashlyn. The identity of Tatum's very own Prince Charming isn't even revealed until (whisper whisper). ;) It is a truth widely accepted that YA contemporary books generally put a premium on romantic themes. Hence, in light of its

    content, I really found this book to be very refreshing. Surprisingly, the lack of romance (combined with the simplistic writing) even made the novel fast-paced. I could have read it in one day, but I restrained myself because I wanted to savor each intriguing chapter.

    I also loved this book because of its well-developed and down to earth characters. I especially liked Tatum because her inner monologues made me feel a variety of emotions. It was also hilarious how she tended to overthink the valedictions of her letters. To my delight, I even managed to like Tatum's stepmother and stepsister because they were suspiciously more than what they seemed. Reading about them made me understand why retellings of fairy tale villains became so popular nowadays. This might sound strange, but the only character I disliked was Tatum's loving but naive father.

    I may have given this book 5 stars, but I did encounter one minor problem: Tatum's relationship with her mysterious Prince Charming was reminiscent of a certain overhyped novel written by Nicola Yoon. Haha. I shall leave it at that. If you're curious, please go ahead and read this book!

    In the end,

    is a new addition to my shelf of favorite books in 2017. Even though this book is a retelling of

    , the feelings it evoked in me were beautifully authentic. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a short yet meaningful book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kaylin
    May 28, 2017

    Look, don’t judge me. I just can’t stand the main character and I’m not compelled to read any further.

    Tatum is

    She continually bemoans her circumstances, her stepmother (who didn’t seem that bad to me?) and consistently reassures the readers that

    Yeah, it sucks. But damn girl.

    You keep glossing over all the good things that happen in order to whine about the same three things.

    I know a lot of reviews praise this for appealing to ‘all-ages’ but I

    Look, don’t judge me. I just can’t stand the main character and I’m not compelled to read any further.

    Tatum is

    She continually bemoans her circumstances, her stepmother (who didn’t seem that bad to me?) and consistently reassures the readers that

    Yeah, it sucks. But damn girl.

    You keep glossing over all the good things that happen in order to whine about the same three things.

    I know a lot of reviews praise this for appealing to ‘all-ages’ but I found the writing very juvenile, with Tatum constantly referring to her “stepmonster” and how her best-friend “stupidly trusted her loser boyfriend.”

    Other than that, the narrative is riddled with clichés such as:

    - “She fell for it hook, line, and sinker.”

    - “I hoped he was just something she needed to get out of her system.”

    - “Chase wasn’t exactly the kind of guy you bring home to meet the parents.”

    - “If you believe that, there’s a beach in Antarctica I’d like to sell you.”

    - “I’m trying very hard to put myself in your shoes.”

    I’m not opposed to common sayings, especially when it makes the dialogue more believable. But I was drowning in them before the end of the first chapter. It was just too much and bored me.

    Maybe I’m just cynical, as others really seem to enjoy this cutsie take on Cinderella-- but it wasn’t for me.

    (I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Blink for the opportunity!)


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