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
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
*ARC generously provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
It Started With Goodbye was such a beautiful, heartwarming story! Inspired by the fairytale Cinderella, It Started With Goodbye told the story of a young girl named Tatum, and her summer living under “house arrest.”
Her “evil stepmother,” Belén, set rules and standards for Tatum that she often felt were unfair and even impossible. I absolutely loved Belén and seeing Tatum start to understand her was a wonderful thing. With the help of her “fairy godmother,” aka step grandmother, Tatum was able to see Belén in a new light, and view things from Belén’s point of view.
Tatum was an absolutely loveable character. She was strong, independent, sarcastic, goofy, and a little nerdy, and it was such a joy to be in her head! She spends her summer doing community service and she also secretly starts her own graphic design business. Tatum begins exchanging emails with one of her clients, SK, and their back and forth banter is so adorable!
Tatum also is able to mend her relationship with her “evil stepsister,” Tilly. The two quickly become thick as thieves, and the whole experience is very eye-opening for Tatum. She truly does a lot of growing up during her summer and is able to start fresh with some rocky relationships.
This was such an enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it to everyone! You won’t be disappointed!!
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