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It Started with Goodbye, by Christina June
Tatum Elsea is 16 years old and was falsely accused of a crime. On house arrest at her step mother's house, she fills her free time with community service during the day and hides doing her graphic design business at night. She discovers she is not the only one keeping secrets in the house. With the help of her step grandmother is she ready to start fresh and make amends with her family and friends?
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Publication Date: 2017
"You wont be able to put this book down." Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, shes stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest, and her BFFs gone ghost. With a criminal fine to pay off and no way to get a job, Tatum starts a covert freelance design business online, and is soon trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his messages right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talentedand he seems to think the same about her. Too bad hes spending his summer across the ocean …
But sometimes, going after what you want means breaking a few rules. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
Christina Junes It Started with Goodbye will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.
"A … contemporary coming-of-age novel loosely based on Cinderella, this book is suitable for teens who enjoyed Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries." ?School Library Journal
"The romance is sigh-worthy!" ?RT Book Reviews
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when shes 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 theyre meant to becomewhether its her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastalthe east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.
With an adorably charming heroine and a swoon-worthy love interest, Christina June has created true YA perfection. Heather Van Fleet, author of the Reckless Hearts series
A sweet and satisfying portrait of family, friendship, and discovering your own path. Tatums journey from fear and disappointment to honesty and freedom to be herself is one that will resonate with many readers. Ashley Herring Blake, author of Suffer Love
A heartfelt and refreshing take on a classic fairytale, with a modern Cinderella that you will root for. Tatum is a complex and realistically drawn protagonist, and the slow-burn romance with her Prince Charming had me grinning and yearning for more. Caroline Tung Richmond, author of The Only Thing to Fear and The Darkest Hour
Bold, empowering, and all-around fun. A perfect summer story. Anna Michels, author of 26 Kisses
You wont be able to put this book down. This heartfelt read totally sucked me in. Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author of Catching Jordan
[A] fun, contemporary take on the Cinderella tale that explores what it takes to be yourself while finding your place in life, love, and your family. Junes characters are vividly drawn, complex people that youll want to root for, and Tatums story will strike a chord for anyone whos felt like they were misunderstood. Lisa Maxwell, author of Unhooked, Sweet Unrest, and Gathering Deep
After being falsely accused of a crime, Tatum is faced with a summer of community service. To make matters worse, her best friend is not speaking to her, and she is being kept under her stepmothers watchful eye. Looking for a way to be herself again after this tailspin, Tatum secretly starts a graphic design business. With a new friendship blossoming at her community service project, a flirty e-mail correspondence with a client, and a supportive stepgrandmother, Tatums summer begins to turn around. In this modern take on Cinderella, Tatum embarks on a summer of learning, during which she tries to figure out who she is and to understand different points of view, leading to a changed perception of her family. While a few references feel dated and some of the supporting cast underdeveloped, Tatums journey of understanding and self-reflection is relatable and appealing. Steer readers who enjoy the updated fairy tale angle toward this book and follow with Ashley Postons Geekarella (2017). A nice addition where contemporary fiction is popular.--- Sarah Bean Thompson
An unfailingly entertaining and thoroughly engaging read from cover to cover highly recommended. Midwest Book Review
Honest, fun, and entirely compelling, this is a story about how being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to a whole lot of right. Tatum is a character youll relate to, cheer for, and want to befriend. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts
Christina Junes contemporary retelling of Cinderella is a delightful debut that addresses family, friendship, trust, and going for what you really want. A lovely story thats full of heart. Lauren Gibaldi, author of The Night We Said Yes