Today, Bee and I are lucky enough to get to celebrate one of my favourite books of the year, by one of my favourite authors ever, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. As part of the GD Playlist Blog Tour, Jeff has picked five songs that speak to the book in some way.
Today’s song is Avalanche by Leonard Cohen!
Jeff Says: This song is mentioned specifically in Goodbye Days. It’s not the brightest spot of realism in the book, since it’s the rare teenager in 2017 who’s going to be super into Leonard Cohen. But still. I had to include the song there and here. I couldn’t tell you exactly why this song is so emblematic of grief for me, but it is. The lyrics don’t seem to have any direct connection to grief, but that’s ok, because grief is often irrational anyway. The imagery of an avalanche is so powerful and consuming. It has no regard for what’s in front of it. Nothing can stop it. It covers you up so you can’t breathe. This is what grief feels like.
Goodbye Days is a really powerful book. It’s saturated with grief, and sometimes that’s overwhelming. Emotions are going to pour out of you whether you can help it or not. Just the concept of recreating a loved one’s favourite activities makes me want to tear up, let alone actually doing it. But, I really like the emphasis the book places on celebrating life, and sharing stories. It’s sensitive, heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, to know that you can find friendship anywhere.
A Maddie and Bee Goodbye Day would be identical, just like us. There’d be a take-away reading list of all our favourite books, a visit to the library, a screening of our favourite Disney Channel Original Movies and Mary Kate and Ashley’s ‘Winning London’ from back in the day, with colourful wool so people can knit while they watch.
What would your Goodbye Day look like?
Jeff Zentner is the author of both The Serpent King (2016) and Goodbye Days (2017) and can be found on Twitter and his website!
Be sure to check out the other spots on the tour which can be found on the graphic in the side bar!
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Anderson Press Pages: 400 Format: ARC Paperback Rating: ★★★★ Note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dammit, Jeff Zentner, I’m crying again and it’s all your fault.
Goodbye Days took me a while to get into. I was worried I wouldn’t like it as much as I did The Serpent King, and I thought it was because I already knew the main plot hook, whereas for TSK, I was going in blind. The thought of reading about Carver, dealing with the simultaneous loss of all three of his best friends sounded heartbreaking and I had to prepare myself for the second-hand pain. Continue reading “Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner”→
Optimists Die Firstby Susin Nielson Genre: Contemporary, Romance Publisher: Anderson Press Pages: 272 Format: ARC Paperback Rating: ★★★ Note: I received this book from Anderson Press in exchange for an honest review
I really, really liked We Are All Made of Molecules, it was an astonishingly good read that I wasn’t expecting. So, when Optimists Die First came through the letterbox – also unexpectedly – I was really looking forward to seeing whatever Nielson wrote next. And while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as WAAMOM, it was still a delightful read full of quirky characters and plenty of intrigue!
We Are All Made of Moleculesby Susin Nielsen Genre: Contemporary, Family-Orientated Published by: Anderson Press Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Rating: ★★★★ Note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
We Are All Made of Molecules is a two perspectives story. There’s Stewart, who recently lost his mum and whose dad is moving in with his new partner, Ashley’s mum. Ashley is struggling with her own new situation as her dad came out as gay and is now living in the annex at the bottom of the garden. It’s a beautiful story of a blended family, full of rich characters and really touching moments.
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Genre: Contemporary, Coming-of-Age Published by: Anderson Press Pages: 281 Format: Paperback Rating: ★★★★ Note: We received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
After first hearing about this book it sounded like exactly the type of thing I love to read. Recently, I’ve been wanting to give middle grade more of a chance, and coming-of-age is one of my favourite sub-genres. So, Goodbye Stranger definitely ticked boxes on paper. I’m pleased to say, once I’d finished it, it continued to tick boxes…and make me want to eat cinnamon toast. Continue reading “Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead”→