Today I have the brilliant Jeff Zentner on Tales to celebrate the release of his new YA novel, Goodbye Days.
Goodbye Days was released on the 6th April 2017 published by Andersen Press and is a story of grief and friendship.
This is a slightly different blog tour and I have a blog tour post with a musical twist!
I also got asked a question when emailed the content for this post……
“How you would spend your Goodbye Day with a loved one?”
This one single question hit all of my emotions and had quite an effect on my. I read Jeff’s paragraph and listened to the song he had chosen from his playlist to accompany the piece and basically whilst I am writing this I am a complete emotional wreck with tears falling onto the keyboard. Without realising it I had been provided with a piece and a question that I really needed to read.
Early this year I found out a work colleague of mine, in his 40’s, had died suddenly, without warning, and it really hit me! I mean sure we were only work colleagues, but he was the kindest most calm and wonderful man I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Whilst I’m not sure that grief was the right word for how I have felt since this happened in January it has really made me open my eyes. Almost like I am seeing the world again with a fresh pair of eyes and appreciate things a lot more than I have been. I then received and read this most and it’s almost helped fit that missing piece into the jigsaw that maybe I have been grieving in some kind of way.
So, to answer the question, I think for me my Goodbye Day would be spent with my loved ones, laughing and smiling all together, because I’ve learnt every single moment in life should be cherished.
Now over to Jeff…….
Can a text message destroy your life?
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.
Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?
‘Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming’ Nicola Yoon
‘Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you’ Becky Albertalli
#GoodbyeDaysPlaylist – Grief
One thing about grief is that it changes your perspective permanently. It can leave you with a determination to press on in the face of loss and live each day to the fullest. That’s sort of the best you can hope for from grief. That’s what this song sounds like to me: that warm spring day when you go outside and feel the sun and flower-scented wind on your face and you realize that you’re going to die someday too, like the person you lost, and so you might as well enjoy this beautiful world while you’re here.
This is the note I tried to end Goodbye Days on.
You can buy a copy of Goodbye Days here or from your local bookshop!
About Jeff Zentner
Jeff Zentner is the author of the William C. Morris Award winning and Carnegie Medal longlisted book The Serpent King (2016) as well as Goodbye Days (2017). He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.
He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.
He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.
You can find out more about Jeff on his website – www.jeffzentnerbooks.com
Or why not follow him on twitter – @jeffzentner
You can catch up with this fab blog tour and see the whole playlist at the following stops!
A huge thank you to Jeff for a fab post which held so much emotion in one paragraph it made me cry and to Harriet at Andersen for asking me to host, having me part of this wonderful tour and without realising gave me the post that I really needed to read!
Have you read Goodbye Days? What did you think? How you would spend your Goodbye Day with a loved one? I would love to hear from you! Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!