Monday, August 4, 2014

Goodbye to You Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

A tragic diagnosis. A determination to survive. A drastic decision. The man who changes everything.

This summer, I'm playing nursemaid to my sister. Yeah, I know. Relatively good looking twenty-two-year-olds don't spend the summer bedside in the cancer ward but, that's the plan. Until my sister threatens me with bodily harm unless I get on a plane and take a trip like normal girls my age.

And even though I hate leaving her, I know she's right. At least I'll have stories to tell when I return. In the back of my mind, all I can think is, "Go and live your life, while you still can." So I go and promise to have a good time.

That's when I met him. He likes me. Really likes me. But more than that, he loves my boobs -- like can't get enough. I have no idea how to tell him that they'll be gone soon, courtesy of a preventative double mastectomy. Yep. That's what testing positive for the breast cancer gene mutation will do to a girl.

But don't feel sorry for me. I'm enjoying him, holding on until the last possible minute, while I muster up the strength to tell him, and watch him walk away.

GOODBYE TO YOU is for older fans of John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. It's heart wrenching, funny, and real.

Author Bio:
I wrote my first book at six. A retelling of The Three Little Pigs, illustrated by my grandmother, the book was never picked up and was self-published instead, glued to cardboard with a cover fashioned from wallpaper scraps.

Today, I write stories featuring nice guys (or nice guys in-the-making) in between my other jobs writing research reports for a commercial real estate company, refereeing two young daughters, navigating the teen waters with a too-cute-for-his-own-good son, spoiling a neurotic cat, and making my darling, patient husband shake his head. I'm also an autism mom, chocolate enthusiast, sports-watcher, nacho-eater, and beer-drinker.

A Maryland native, I live in North Carolina now, but dreams of the beach fuel my fantasties, and my characters can often be found strolling in the sand or sailing along a coast.

First line:
I love my boobs.
review copy from author
3 beaches out of 5
Goodbye to You isn't as intense as The Fault in Our Stars, but it is an amazing novel about making the tough decisions in life. Thea's mom died of breast cancer and her sister Jen is currently going through treatment. Since Thea tested positive for the breast cancer gene, she's decided to have a preventative double mastectomy. Shay is shy and has been focusing all his energy on getting into med school.

Thea is strong and independent. She knows what she wants. She knows she never wants to put her friends and family through what she went through with her mother and Jen. Shay is often described as being shy particularly around girls, but I never felt like he actually was. None of his actions matche dup with that description and it bothered me.

I wish the book had gone on longer, but I enjoyed the book at the length it was. Their adventures throughout Key West were cool. Shay is also so sweet. Their first date was so romantic.

Goodbye to You is good for people who enjoy a fun romance with some seriousness woven in.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Gabi! Thanks for your lovely review. I really appreciate you taking time to read and post about Goodbye to You. :)