In a nutshell (Goodreads description):
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). 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.
My review (aka Diana’s review):
I’m going to start off by saying that I came into this book thinking there was going to be a whole lot of angsty YA romance. If you read the description of It Started With Goodbye then you know I was wrong. After reading the description of the book a second time I realized it actually doesn’t mention a huge romance happening, so y’all please pardon me for not knowing how to read a freaking book synopsis and getting my expectations too high. I don’t know why I thought this book was going to be all romance.
Even though It Started With Goodbye is not what I was expecting, I actually did enjoy reading it. It took me days to get past the first half of the book because nothing really exciting happens but once I got past that first half, I finished reading it on a whim. It’s not a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat—not for me, at least—but it sure is a cute YA read.
Now, let’s talk about the romance. I love Tatum’s email flirting with SK, the “cute cello-playing client”. He’s so very charming, love his character. They make the cutest couple, unfortunately their relationship barely begins by the ending of the book. I wish there was more of their relationship in the book because they have potential to become one of my favorite book couples.
Christina June did an amazing job writing It Started With Goodbye. Her writing style is perfection and her characters jump out of the pages like real people.
I’m sure YA lovers out there are going to enjoy this book and fall in love with Christina’s writing style.