Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner is the acclaimed author of The Serpent King. In addition to writing, he is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. Goodbye Days is his love letter to the city of Nashville and the talented people who populate it. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son.

Perfect for fans of Turtles All the Way Down,Thirteen Reasons Why, and Zentner’s own The Serpent King, one of the most highly acclaimed YA novels of 2016, Goodbye Days asks what you would do if you could spend one last day with someone you lost.

Where are you guys? Text me back. That’s the last message Carver Briggs will ever send his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought that it would lead to their death.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own 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 a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

Why you should read this book?


PAPERBACK FORMAT is perfect for readers looking for unforgettable writing that is both literary and commercial.

TEXTING AND DRIVING is a universal issue impacting teens and adults alike, making the book resonate even more with readers.

LAUGH THROUGH YOUR TEARS: Carver’s friends—their bond and humor—leap off the page in flashbacks, making their loss even more poignant.


GOODBYE DAYS are an amazing creation of Jeff’s with real resonance and real world applications.

A STAR ON THE RISE: The Serpent King has been named to nine Best of the Year lists and received four starred reviews—this book packs the same emotional punch.

MEMORABLE FRIENDSHIPS: Teens connect to their friends in very powerful ways, and that bond is revered, respected and celebrated in Goodbye Days.


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