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Monday, June 19, 2017

It Started with Goodbye Not All Stories Begin With Once Upon A Time By Christina June Published by Zondervan


It Started with Goodbye Not All Stories Begin With Once Upon A Time

By 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. If Tatum is reading his emails right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.

But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And 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. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.
My Thoughts:
This is your typical Cinderella story, but for YA. The book writes itself and that isn't a bad thing, it just is what it is. Their is a handsome prince, but the girl has to go through some stuff to get to him.  This is more than a love story, but a story about friendship and family. It is fast paced and can be read rather quickly. The characters are my favorite. They felt very relatable and down to earth as if you are entering their world. The plot was decent and I enjoyed the overall story. I give this book a 4/5 star. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, will be published by Blink/HarperCollins in May 2017.

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