Monday, May 1, 2017

May Book Club

Welcome to May and another thrilling book club selection! I'm actually not sure if this book is more thrilling or thought provoking but I hope you'll enjoy it all the same. Jeff Zentner was one of my favorite debut authors in 2016. His debut, The Serpent King, was basically a perfect book and topped my favorite books from last year, maybe one of my favorite books ever. He manages to capture the angst of being a teenager while also grounding it in the real world. The Serpent King was also based in a small town and the aching to get out and also family ties that might not be healthy. Basically, read The Serpent King when you can, but for now, let's dive into his next book, Goodbye Days. It's a newer release, but  Jen and I both wanted to fit it in since Jeff is coming to St. Louis this month. We are really excited to meet him and to get started on this book! Hopefully you join us and we can all meet up and discuss at the end of the month. 

About the Book
Where are you guys? Text me back. That's the last message Carver Briggs will ever send his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought that it would lead to their death.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. 

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

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