Goodbye Days

What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Wow, just wow.  This book is amazing, it hits right in the heart.  The story of four friends, three killed in an accident and the fourth feeling he is to blame.  Throughout the story there are flashbacks to the four together so we get to know them as a group.  We also see the raw emotions of those that are left behind. It is a grim reminder of why texting while driving is such a bad thing.  And I’m not gonna lie, this book invoked tears from me on more than one occasion. It is a MUST READ.

The Dead House

Three students: dead. 
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace. 
Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.” 

Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson. 

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it. 

I had a bit of trouble getting into this book but, wow, once in….  So many questions – what happened to their parents, who is the girl, where is Juliet, what is the incident…. But no I am not going to answer any of them for you, you will just have to read the book yourself.  Yes, this book sucked me in but midway through the “witchcraft/voodoo” stuff did get a little tedious and I had the Shyan figured out long before Kaitlyn did. That being said I still wanted to know all the answers to my many questions so I kept reading, and I did get answers.  So if you like books that are a little twisted this one is for you.

The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

I had a tough time when I started reading this book due to the African American vernacular in which it is written but a few chapters in I didn’t notice it anymore.  This book gives a first hand look into life in the ghetto, what is is like to live in a world filled with drugs and gangs. You see how racism can result in life changing events that perpetuate the distrust on both sides.  This is an easy read with a good message and will be an eye opener for many.