Friday, August 8, 2014

TOUR STOP: Goodbye to You

Source:YA Bound

A tragic diagnosis. A determination to survive. A drastic decision. The man who changes everything.
This summer, I'm playing nursemaid to my sister. Yeah, I know. Relatively good looking twenty-two-year-olds don't spend the summer bedside in the cancer ward but, that's the plan. Until my sister threatens me with bodily harm unless I get on a plane and take a trip like normal girls my age.
And even though I hate leaving her, I know she's right. At least I'll have stories to tell when I return. In the back of my mind, all I can think is, "Go and live your life, while you still can." So I go and promise to have a good time.
That's when I met him. He likes me. Really likes me. But more than that, he loves my boobs -- like can't get enough. I have no idea how to tell him that they'll be gone soon, courtesy of a preventative double mastectomy. Yep. That's what testing positive for the breast cancer gene mutation will do to a girl.
But don't feel sorry for me. I'm enjoying him, holding on until the last possible minute, while I muster up the strength to tell him, and watch him walk away.
GOODBYE TO YOU is for older fans of John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. It's heart wrenching, funny, and real.

Hey guys! Welcome to my tour stop for the Goodbye to You tour! As always, please click the tour banner up above to check out the other amazing stops on this tour!! 

Goodbye to You, as you guys can see from the summary, is advertised for older fans of The Fault In Our Stars. To be honest, I don't think that is a very accurate description. Yes, there is cancer in this story and there is a heart warming romance, but that hardly holds it up TFioS standards. Goodbye to You focuses on a girl who is preparing for a surgery that will hopefully remove her chances of getting breast cancer which took her mother away at a young age and is now attacking her sister. Before her surgery, her sister forces her to take a short vacation to relax and have fun. Thea planned for a nice vacation fling but she never expected to find the guy of her dreams.

So the biggest part of this story was definitely the romance. Thea and Shay kind of had a love at first sight moment which I'll admit is not my favorite thing in the world. What made this slightly more "acceptable" and easier to swallow was that the author showed them falling in love. We got to see their relationship progress even though they both looked at each other and essentially fell in love. It was really fun to see their relationship progress within the few days that they spent together. Also, even though you could say the relationship escalated quickly, the characters stayed true to themselves.

Thea is such a strong and independent character. On the outside, she's this confident woman, but on the inside, she battles with her decisions of getting a mastectomy. As the reader you really got to see her struggle with herself up close and really bond with her as she makes her final decision. Shay is a total sweetheart, and while I do believe he reacted waaaay to harshly, I still really adore him. He's just a wonderful person and after talking it out with Thea he is so supportive and just who she needs to lean on after her surgery and through recovery. Their relationship was really sweet and special.

Overall, the story is really cute and heartwarming. Again, I wouldn't really call it an adult TFioS but it definitely has the same drive of life and romance that makes you smile. :)

About the Author
I wrote my first book at six. A retelling of The Three Little Pigs, illustrated by my grandmother, the book was never picked up and was self-published instead, glued to cardboard with a cover fashioned from wallpaper scraps.

Today, I write stories featuring nice guys (or nice guys in-the-making) in between my other jobs writing research reports for a commercial real estate company, refereeing two young daughters, navigating the teen waters with a too-cute-for-his-own-good son, spoiling a neurotic cat, and making my darling, patient husband shake his head. I'm also an autism mom, chocolate enthusiast, sports-watcher, nacho-eater, and beer-drinker. A Maryland native, I live in North Carolina now, but dreams of the beach fuel my fantasties, and my characters can often be found strolling in the sand or sailing along a coast.

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