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It Started with Goodbye
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Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is settling in for the worst summer on record. After she's unfairly implicated in one of her best friend's ideas gone awry, Tatum's stepmother places her under virtual...
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is settling in for the worst summer on record. After she's unfairly implicated in one of her best friend's ideas gone awry, Tatum's stepmother places her under virtual...
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  • Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is settling in for the worst summer on record. After she's unfairly implicated in one of her best friend's ideas gone awry, Tatum's stepmother places her under virtual house arrest. But to Tatum's surprise, her summer doesn't turn out to be all bad. And things really begin to look up when she starts her own graphic design business and meets a cello-playing client, Seamus. If Tatum is reading his emails right, Seamus is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he's spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland...not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.

    But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules. In the process, she'll discover things about her friends, her family, and herself that she never could have guessed. And when Seamus turns out to be closer than she thought, she might just get a perfect kiss in the bargain.

    A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June's It Started with Good-bye will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

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  • Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she's not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they're meant to become—whether it's her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal—the east coast of the U.S. and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2017

    Gr 8 Up-When 16-year-old Tatum Elsea is arrested for being a getaway driver for her best friend Ashlyn and her boyfriend Chase, she is charged with a misdemeanor. Her punishment is a $500 fine and 100 hours of community service. In addition, Tatum's father and stepmother decide that she should be under house arrest for the entire summer, allowed to leave only for work and community service. Luckily, Tatum's stepgrandmother will be around to act as a buffer between her and her strict stepmother. Ashlyn has been sent away for the summer and refuses to respond to Tatum's emails. But Tatum becomes close to Abby, a schoolmate who is doing the same community service. Abby suggests that Tatum spend her "jail" time productively and encourages her to advertise her web-design skills. With very little effort, Tatum ends up with a few clients, one of whom is her perfect stepsister Tillie, who at first has no idea that Tatum is behind TLC Design. Tatum's decision to come clean with Tillie transforms their previously frosty relationship into true sisterhood. The quick changes in Tatum's stepmother's and Tillie's attitudes add to the fairy-tale quality of the story. A glib contemporary coming-of-age novel loosely based on "Cinderella," this book is suitable for teens who enjoyed Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries. VERDICT A good purchase for large collections.-Marlyn Beebe, Long Beach Public Library, CA

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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