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Book Review: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

27830287It Started with Goodbye is a modern contemporary YA spin on Cinderella, though a bit darker, and much lighter on the romance (sorry Prince Charming). There is humor and heart and friends and lots and lots of feelings. So if anything sounds like it is up your alley… read on!

Our story centers around 16-year-old Tatum, who gets falsely accused of shoplifting and has to spend her summer in house-arrest and doing community service. First off, Tatum is a very likable character. There are many true to life moments as she has her interior monologues and arguments with herself about what valediction to use as she closes letters. If you overthink small decisions, you will find her relatable. Of course Tatum is also into doing freelance graphic design, so that is even more relatable to me.

It is also important to note that this, as many re-tellings are, is inspired by Cinderella but it is not a reimagining that follows every detail. Yes, there is a step-mother and a step-sister, but the father (who turned out to be the most annoying of the characters for me) is still in the picture. Like so many well-loved contemporaries, Tatum has to find confidence in herself, which isn’t something I had really considered in a Cinderella before… again, very relatable.

While this book will be good for fans of Cinderella re-tellings, it is also a good for when you need a contemporary YA fix. Very enjoyable debut novel.

Thank you to NetGalley, Blink/Harper Collins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changed my opinion of the book. The book releases today, May 9, 2017!


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