Title: It Started with Goobye
Author: Christina June
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Retelling
Release: May 9, 2017
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for review. This is no way influenced my opinions.*
When I saw this on Netgalley I just had to “wish for it” immediately because I love contemporary retellings! It Started with Goodbye is a Cinderella retelling. Once you begin this book you can immediately start seeing the parallels. It’s actually quite fun making all the connections. Tatum has one stepsister ,Tilly, who isn’t “evil” but she is distant and they do not really get along. Her father is absent because he is away on business so this leaves her alone under the very close watchful eye of her stepmother, Belén. To help make sure Tatum is on the right track during the summer Belén brings her mother, Blanche “the fairy godmother”, a quirky abuela who seems to be the only one in Tate’s corner. Tatum starts her own freelance graphic design business online and quickly gets some new clients. One of them being, SK. SK! Tatum and the mysterious Sk begin a penpal-esque friendship and it is adorable. SK is adorable and exactly what Tate needs to show her she has more people in her life that are there for her.
What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was so much more than just a romance story (though I could have used a little more romance 😉 ). This book was surrounded by building friendships, new relationships, and mending familial relationships. It was very much family and friend centered and I appreciated that. Tatum needed some mending and this showed her maturity. She admitted when she was wrong and didn’t act out. She accepted responsibility for her actions (even though she didn’t do anything wrong in the first place) and paid her dues. I really respected her.
Now, the romance. Ah, you can quickly see who the mysterious SK would be right from the beginning, but who else he ended up being really surprised me. I loved the cute little surprise and the way he swept Tatum off her feet. I may or may not have swooned myself. Okay, I am lying I totally did.
While I wish there was a tad bit more romance, but I still loved how family oriented this book was. It was cute and just the right amount of fluff.
If you like modern retellings, definitely pick this one up!