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One of the most stunningly heartfelt, lump-in-your-throat novels I ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you. Becky Albertalli, author of Morris Award winner Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Praise for Jeff Zentner s The Serpent King
[T]his sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope. Publishers Weekly, Starred
Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts. . . . [An] extraordinary YA debut. Shelf Awareness, Starred
Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel s strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace a new voice to savor. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
The third-person narration manages to convey distinct flavor for each deeply personal and introspective storyline, so each character emerges as an authentic individual, flawed yet lovable, and readers will find themselves drawn by the heartstrings into their complex lives. The Bulletin, Starred"

"Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent." Booklist, Starred
"Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an oftenraw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifswhen faced with awful, irreversible events." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"[A] novel full of wisdom." Kirkus

"[The] kind ofintelligent, intense, and life-affirmingtale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty." SLJ
Praise for Jeff Zentner s The Serpent King
[T]his sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope. Publishers Weekly, Starred
Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts. . . . [An] extraordinary YA debut. Shelf Awareness, Starred
Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel s strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace a new voice to savor. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
The third-person narration manages to convey distinct flavor for each deeply personal and introspective storyline, so each character emerges as an authentic individual, flawed yet lovable, and readers will find themselves drawn by the heartstrings into their complex lives. The Bulletin, Starred"

An Indie Next List Selection
"Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent."--Booklist, Starred
"Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"[A] novel full of wisdom." --Kirkus

"[The] kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty." --SLJ
Praise for Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King
"[T]his sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope." --Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences--the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts. . . . [An] extraordinary YA debut." --Shelf Awareness, Starred
"Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel's strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace--a new voice to savor." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"The third-person narration manages to convey distinct flavor for each deeply personal and introspective storyline, so each character emerges as an authentic individual, flawed yet lovable, and readers will find themselves drawn by the heartstrings into their complex lives." --The Bulletin, Starred

An Indie Next List Selection
"Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent."--Booklist, Starred
"Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"[E]xquisite and tragic." -Shelf Awareness, Starred
"[A] novel full of wisdom." --Kirkus
"[The] kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty." --SLJ
"An organic, frequently raw narrative." -Horn Book

Praise for Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King
"[T]his sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope." --Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences--the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts. . . . [An] extraordinary YA debut." --Shelf Awareness, Starred
"Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel's strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace--a new voice to savor." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"The third-person narration manages to convey distinct flavor for each deeply personal and introspective storyline, so each character emerges as an authentic individual, flawed yet lovable, and readers will find themselves drawn by the heartstrings into their complex lives." --The Bulletin, Starred

An Indie Next List Selection
-Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent.---Booklist, Starred
-Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events.---Publishers Weekly, Starred
-[A] novel full of wisdom.- --Kirkus

-[The] kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty.- --SLJ
Praise for Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King
-[T]his sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope.- --Publishers Weekly, Starred
-Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences--the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts. . . . [An] extraordinary YA debut.- --Shelf Awareness, Starred
-Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel's strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace--a new voice to savor.- --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
-The third-person narration manages to convey distinct flavor for each deeply personal and introspective storyline, so each character emerges as an authentic individual, flawed yet lovable, and readers will find themselves drawn by the heartstrings into their complex lives.- --The Bulletin, Starred

An Indie Next List Selection
-Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent.---Booklist, Starred
-Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events.---Publishers Weekly, Starred
-[A] novel full of wisdom.- --Kirkus
-[The] kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty.- --SLJ
-An organic, frequently raw narrative.- -Horn Book
-[E]xquisite and tragic.- -Shelf Awareness

Praise for Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King
-[T]his sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope.- --Publishers Weekly, Starred
-Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences--the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts. . . . [An] extraordinary YA debut.- --Shelf Awareness, Starred
-Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel's strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace--a new voice to savor.- --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
-The third-person narration manages to convey distinct flavor for each deeply personal and introspective storyline, so each character emerges as an authentic individual, flawed yet lovable, and readers will find themselves drawn by the heartstrings into their complex lives.- --The Bulletin, Starred

"Tender, honest, moving, and lyrical. Zentner is the real thing." --Benjamin Alire Saenz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Printz Honor winner

An Indie Next List Selection

"Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent."--Booklist, Starred

"Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events."--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"[E]xquisite and tragic." -Shelf Awareness, Starred

"[A] novel full of wisdom." --Kirkus

"[The] kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty." --SLJ

"An organic, frequently raw narrative." -Horn Book

"Tissues not optional." --The Bulletin

Praise for Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King
"[T]his sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope." --Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Pens would run dry if readers were to underline extraordinary sentences--the kind that are so true, or funny, or beautiful that they clamp hearts. . . . [An] extraordinary YA debut." --Shelf Awareness, Starred

"Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel's strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace--a new voice to savor." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"The third-person narration manages to convey distinct flavor for each deeply personal and introspective storyline, so each character emerges as an authentic individual, flawed yet lovable, and readers will find themselves drawn by the heartstrings into their complex lives." --The Bulletin, Starred

"Tender, honest, moving, and lyrical. Zentner is the real thing." --Benjamin Alire Saenz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Printz Honor winner

An Indie Next List Selection

"Zentner does an excellent job in creating empathetic characters, especially his protagonist Carver, a budding writer whose first-person account of his plight is artful evidence of his talent."--Booklist, Starred

"Racial tensions, spoiled reputations, and broken homes all play roles in an often raw meditation on grief and the futility of entertaining what-ifs when faced with awful, irreversible events."--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"[E]xquisite and tragic." -Shelf Awareness, Starred

"[A] novel full of wisdom." --Kirkus

"[The] kind of intelligent, intense, and life-affirming tale that will resonate with teens seeking depth and honesty." --SLJ

"An organic, frequently raw narrative." -Horn Book

"Tissues not optional." --The Bulletin

Praise for Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King

A William C. Morris Award Winner
A New York Times Notable Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year

An Indie Next List Top Ten Selection

A Paste Magazine and popcrush.com Most Anticipated YA Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Flying Start


"Move over, John Green; Zentner is coming for you." --The New York Public Library

"Will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks ofBeing a Wallflower." --BookRiot.com

"A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it's as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking." --PasteMagazine.com

"A brutally honest portrayal of teen life . . . [and] a love letter to the South from a man who really understands it." --Mashable.com

"Zentner's great achievement -- particularly impressive for a first novel -- is to make us believe three such different people could be friends. He also manages to blend a dank, oppressive, Flannery O'Connor-esque sense of place with humor and optimism .... I adored all three of these characters and the way they talked to and loved one another." --New York Times Book Review

Book Description

'Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming' Nicola Yoon

Carver used to have three best friends, until one night a text message changed everything. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for his friends’ deaths – and he’s not the only one. A heartbreaking yet uplifting novel, perfect for fans of John Green and Jennifer Niven.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3022 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553524062
  • Publisher: Andersen Digital (6 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0XLP8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After first reading the blurb for Goodbye Days, I was happy that an author was finally going to write about the dangers of texting and driving. It's such a dangerous thing to do and so many people die because of it. So to have a young adult book address this is amazing.

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 it all crashed and burned, literally, after he wrote them out of existence with a text sent to his friend Mars--the last words his friends ever see.

Carver can't stop blaming himself for the fatal crash and he's not the only one. But Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli's girlfriend, who is the only person to stand by him at school, and Blake's grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her--having him stand in as Blake for one last day doing all their favorite things so they can share memories and say a proper goodbye.

Soon Eli and Mars's families are asking for a 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 prison or a complete breakdown?

This book gripped me immediately. We were taken straight into the story line and I felt like no build up was necessary; we were given character foundations through flashbacks that Carver had. I just felt so sorry for Carver but it also made me think about my actions. Carver knew that Mars was driving when he text him and Mars went to answer Carver's text. Who's in the wrong? Carver or Mars? Personally, I text my Mom when I know she is driving, but I know that she'll reply once she is parked up.
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I have no words. This book was everything. I haven't cried so much in a long time. There was so much emotion, I had to take breaks every few chapters out of fear I might dehydrate.
Jeff Zentner is a literary genius. He could probably write a shopping list full of emotion and heartbreak.
But "Goodbye Days" isn't a shopping list. It's a story full of sadness, grief, guilt, mistakes but also about strength, hope and resilience.
It's the kind of story that puts you through a blender and when there are only pieces of you left, that's when it starts putting you together again.
Though the book primarly deals with Carver's guilt and grief over the death of his three best friends, it goes way deeper than just that. I've never been in Carver's situation - thankfully - but not only could I feel his emotions, was crippled by his guilt and his pain, I also could relate to so many other aspects that this book talks about. So many thoughts were expressed that resonated with me.

There aren't many authors who can do what Jeff Zentner does. The writing is lyrical, poetic and at the same time relatable. It's filled with emotion without being cheesy. It's atmospheric to the point that I as a reader could feel the wind on my skin, smell the autumn air and feel my heart breaking.
Jeff Zentner isn't scared of digging deep, exposing the vastness of human emotions, their flaws, their weaknesses but also their love, their strength and their goodness.
His characters aren't perfect - not the main ones, not the supporting ones. And with that they are extremely realistic and life-like.
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Goodbye Days follows Carver Briggs, a teenage boy whose life was almost perfect. He had his three best friends (AKA The Sauce Crew), a wonderful family and a great school. Everything was perfect. Until he sent the text that ruined everything. The text that killed his friends, causing him to blame himself for their deaths. But it's not just him - the families of his friends decide to attempt to press charges on Carver for the Accident. So now Carver has to face not only his own grief and guilt, but also the possibility of imprisonment. He still has a few people on his side, including the grandmother of one of his dead friends, who suggests they have a 'goodbye day' to remember his life. Now the other 2 families want to do the same thing and Carver has to decide whether this will bring them closer to peace, or bring him closer to prison.

In terms of the plot of this book, I think it's a very important story to tell, as texting whilst driving is a big problem nowadays, and I think this book sheds light on the fact that we really need to think before acting. I think the idea of the 'goodbye days' was really wonderful and seems to be a great way to pay tribute to somebody. My favourite 'goodbye day' was the first one (predictably), but all of them were important in progressing the story. I also thought the lack of romance was quite refreshing, as almost ever single YA book includes some romance, but this was focused mostly on friendships and family relationships, which are far more important than romantic relationships.

I thought the writing was beautiful and was very appropriate for the tone of this book. My only qualm was that the story was quite slow at times.
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