Goodbye Days

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Stirring story examines power of friendship, grief, and art.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 13+

A realistic portrayal of teen friendships and the guilt that comes with making a fatal mistake

I read this book to see if it would be OK for an all-school summer read. It does have some swearing and some scatalogical references (it's about the friendship of 4 teenage boys, so nothing that would be unexpected.) There is no sex, no drinking and no drug use, so I want to make sure that is clear. It deals with the aftermath of a texting and driving accident and I think the pain and loss are very appropriate for its message. It's a beautifully written, ultimately life-affirming book that will likely bring you to tears and then make you laugh a few pages later. I highly recommend it.

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