It Started with Goodbye by Christina June ~ Book Review

Annike: Hey guys, so I’m here today with a book review on another book I received from Netgalley called It Started with Goodbye. So let’s get onto the review:

27830287Sixteen-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.

So this book follows, a 16 year old girl who was caught up in the wrong situation at the wrong time and ends up under house arrest for the summer. Tatum, a girl who is a creative free spirit is now spending her days at community service, has a best friend who hates her and was sent to boarding school and a father overseas dealing with work and not her. Tatum is alone and this is where the story really begins.

But not only that, Tatum decides to begin her own designing company where she begins to get clients looking for her to do work for them. It’s from there that she starts to talk to a guy called SK, their emails and messages to one another become less client based and more friendly.

One of the great things about this book are all the characters and their individual storylines. Starting with Tatum, she had an incredible voice and a really likeable attitude. Although she allowed herself to be upset with the numerous things that had gone wrong in her life, she was funny and sarcastic like a teenager should be and she made a great main character. I loved how Tatum’s stepfamily really grew on you throughout the book despite the dislike that Tatum had towards most of them at the beginning. I loved Tilly (Tatum’s step-sister) and all of her own secrets, the way that she developed into a character who was so unlike the one you were introduced to.

Then came all the new friendships that Tatum was able to make. Abby , Hunter and his band. I loved the way that Tatum let herself accept the people in her life that wanted to be there for her and even if her Dad was distant and tough-loving she didn’t let that get in the way of any of her other relations. Finally came SK, who through the emails and messages that he wrote, sounded like an amazing guy The conversations he and Tatum had were funny and gripping, mostly just had a good time reading them. One of my favourite parts of this book was definitely the emails and messages that were sent and received. Whether it was to SK, Ash or her Dad I loved reading how she related to people through words.

This was a really beautiful coming of age story. The writing was amazing and heartfelt and the whole story was genuinely moving. The characters were all so relatable and everything pieced together really well. I definitely do recommend it to everyone. Look out for it when its released on May 9th and I hope you enjoy it as much as me.

4/5 stars



  1. Tatum, is such a realistic character. There’s lots of humor and heart, which is something that gets us readers laughing and thinking.

    Christina June has really done well with her debut novel. Waiting for more to come! Can you follow me back?

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