It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Age Range: 12+ | Paperback: 272 pages | Publisher: Blink (May 9, 2017)
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I didn’t realize this was a Cinderella retelling until I was nearly finished and the step-grandmother gave Tatum a midnight curfew, along with a new dress and a pair of shoes.
Of course, I felt silly for not knowing that going in, and for not recognizing it until the story was nearly over, but I didn’t read the synopsis.
The book starts with Tatum receiving her sentencing for being an accidental accomplice in a crime. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong person and got caught in the cross-fire. But that doesn’t seem to matter to her dad and stepmother, who exact their own punishment on top of the fine and community service ordered by the court.
With her dad out of the country on business for the whole summer, Tatum is left under parent-imposed house arrest with only her stepmother, stepsister, and step grandmother for company.
I really enjoyed the journey of self-discovery and growth that Tatum goes on during the summer. She grows and matures as she learns more about herself and the family members she’s kept at arms distance.
One of my favorite things about It Started with Goodbye is the way Tatum’s life changes once she changes her attitude. I loved her self-starting personality and the way she learns from her mistakes. She takes charge of her life and is proactive about finding solutions to her problems. While she isn’t perfect, she learns to look inward and change herself before expecting changes from others.
The romance is a minor subplot in the book. It’s squeaky clean and very sweet.
Cover Love: The cover is one of the things that attracted me to this book in the first place. I love the colors. It does a good job of setting the mood for the story. I look at this cover and think that the book must be about an inner struggle (and it is).
Content: Clean. There is mention of the robbery that got Tatum arrested and there are a couple of clean kisses. Movie rating would be PG.
Source: I bought this book.
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