Hellloooo! Thanks for all of the kind comments on my last Insta of this dress and book! Feelin’ the love, for sure! I am officially on summer break and am looking forward to more time for blogging in between grad school and summer work – summer is when I feel like the most accomplished reader! If you missed my last post about my summer reading list, check it out here. I will be posting a follow-up sometime in the near future. I love seeing all the beach-goers with books in their totes! This week sure is hot in Chicago, but I’ve got some cool blues to share with you today. Check out my review of Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner below and the deets on this stunning Bardot dress (that probably wouldn’t go well with a 100+ degree day…just sayin’). Photos were taken in the Avondale neighborhood by a wall underneath the Kennedy Expressway. Sounds a lot more sketchy when you actually read that/say it out loud. I promise it was FINE. Thanks for all the love and support, trendy readers! xo
I bought this dress for a photo shoot that I did with Mario Tricoci (you can see some of the photos if you click the link!) I was looking for a dress that was a spring and summer-y color because all of my nicer dresses are either black or darker in color, so this one fit the bill. The blue is true to the photo online and in my photos. I think it is the perfect shade and a color you don’t see very often! I don’t always like the way loose OTS sleeves look on me (and I don’t think they are very comfortable) but these were not too bad! I think this is a perfect little number for a summer wedding or a fancy date night in the city!
BOOK: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
I promise I am not still crying. I promise I am not still crying. You guys, this book was so sweet and sad and had all of the things that I love about a good YA novel. It tells the story of Carver, whose three best friends were just killed in a car accident, which, he will tell you, was his fault. “I definitely killed my three best friends,” he says. You see, Carver sent the text that Mars was reading and responding to when his car slammed into the back of a semi, killing three of the four members of Sauce Crew. Amidst his sadness, Carver has this immense, overwhelming guilt. On top of that is the fear that the hard-hitting judge (who happens to be Mars’s father) wants to indict Carver for involuntary manslaughter. So there’s that. While all of this is going on, Nana Betsy invites Carver to have a “Goodbye Day” with her to remember her grandson, Blake, who was also killed in the accident.
The idea of a Goodbye Day is that you live one last day as that person would have wanted to, doing all of the things he loved to do while telling stories about him and reminiscing about happier times. Carver ends up doing the Goodbye Day and then the parents of the other boys want Goodbye Days of their own. Each Goodbye Day offers more of the story and has a different effect on its participants, especially Carver. This novel is heartbreaking, funny, and full of emotion—a definite winner from Jeff Zentner. If you love YA as much as me, you don’t want to miss this one.
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars