The Resource Goodbye days : a novel, Jeff Zentner

Goodbye days : a novel, Jeff Zentner

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Goodbye days : a novel
Title
Goodbye days
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jeff Zentner
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eng
Summary
"Looks at a teen's life after the death of his best friends and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives--and ultimately learning to forgive himself"--
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Award
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award (Pennsylvania), High School level, 2019.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 /* Starred Review */ “I may have killed my three best friends,” 17-year-old Carver agonizes. How so? He sent a text to his friend Mars, knowing the boy was driving at the time; distracted by replying to the text, Mars crashed into a stopped truck, killing himself and Carver’s two other best friends, Blake and Eli. Now Mars’ father, a judge, has called on the district attorney to open an investigation and weigh charges of criminally negligent homicide against Carver. Bereft and virtually friendless, riddled by guilt, and overwhelmed by stress, Carver begins having panic attacks, which send him into therapy. Interestingly, he makes an unlikely new friend in Eli’s girlfriend, Jesmyn, but when he tells her that he desires more than friendship with her, she rejects him. Meanwhile, Carver’s attempts at atonement with Blake’s grandmother, Eli’s parents, and Mars’ father meet with mixed success, feeding his subconscious desire for punishment. Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent. The story builds suspense while developing not only empathetic but also multidimensional characters in both Carver and Jesmyn. The result is an absorbing effort with emotional and psychological integrity. -- Cart, Michael (Reviewed 12/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 7, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Carver Briggs already feels responsible when his three best friends are killed in a car accident after he sent a “Where are you guys?” text message to the driver. Now it seems as though the whole town wants him to be prosecuted, and he’s having debilitating panic attacks. When one friend’s grandmother suggests they pay tribute to the deceased by spending a “goodbye day” swapping stories and doing what he loved, Carver finds a cathartic way to atone for his perceived sins. From the opening line, Zentner (The Serpent King) expertly channels Carver’s distinctive voice as a 17-year-old writer turned “funeral expert” who argues with himself about girls and retains glimmers of easy wit despite the weight of his grief and guilt. Flashbacks and daydreams capture the jovial spirit of the four members of the so-called Sauce Crew, glimpses of sophomore shenanigans interspersed with poignant admissions only best friends would share. Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events. Ages 14–up. Agent: Charlie Olsen, Inkwell Management. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/09/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 02, p)
  • Seventeen-year-old Carver Briggs feels responsible for the deaths of his best friends and must deal with his own life, now forever altered. "Where are you guys? Text me back," Carver texted his friend Mars, who replied, or at least started to, as proven by the half-composed text found on Mars' phone at the crash site. Mars had been driving while texting, and his car smashed into a semi on the highway, killing Mars, Blake, and Eli. Carver feels responsible, but is he responsible? It turns out that under Tennessee law (Nashville is the setting for the story), Carver might be held as "criminally negligent," since he knew Mars was driving and knew Mars would reply, even though he never intended to kill anyone. Zentner's novel peels back the many layers of feeling that Carver experiences as he deals with his family, the families of his friends, and school, the present-tense narration putting readers directly in Carver's head. However, although Carver is an unusually bright student with a supportive family and therapist, his voice is at times too adult, too didactic in delivering long passages of wise reflections about life normally gained from more time and experience. Still, it is a novel full of wisdom, even if Carver himself hasn't had time to acquire all of it himself. Carver is white, as are Eli and Blake; Mars is black. A fine cautionary tale and journey toward wisdom, poignant and realistic. (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2016)
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10552079
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Zentner, Jeff
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL620L
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Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.1.Z46
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
4.3
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True
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Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Goodbye days : a novel, Jeff Zentner
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Dimensions
22 cm
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First edition.
Extent
404 pages
Isbn
9780553524062
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2016008248
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Goodbye days : a novel, Jeff Zentner
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22 cm
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First edition.
Extent
404 pages
Isbn
9780553524062
Lccn
2016008248
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unmediated
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