Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself. Perfect for fans of Jay Asher’s blockbuster hit Thirteen Reasons Why, Coriell’s second novel features her sharp, engaging voice along with realistic drama and unforgettable characters.
GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE is not only an entertaining read, it is book that also makes you think. There are some gorgeous quotes in this book and the overall message sticks with you. Even if you do not believe in fate or destiny like Rebel, at the end of the book you might just be rethinking that.
Rebecca, Rebel, Blue had no idea that her regular trip to detention was going to result in such a life-changing moment. After being assigned a bucket list, a girl named Kennedy tries to strike up a conversation about life and death but Rebel isn’t having any of it. She pushes the girl away, ignores her, and declines her offers at friendship. The next day Rebel finds out that Kennedy drove over the bridge and fell into the water below.
Feeling just a bit guilty, and trying to convince her cousin that she is capable of doing good, she begins to complete the dead girl’s bucket list.
Rebel is the most relatable young adult protagonist I have read about in a very long time. At the very heart of her problems is loneliness, something we all have felt, and she hides it with sarcastic comments and a snarky attitude.
The character development for Rebel was written beautifully, you could really see how much she changed as a person and grew stronger. She became an overall better, happier person once she realized there were so many good things in her life, all because of Kennedy’s bucket list.
Every character in this book played an important role in the story and Rebel’s life, even a janitor and a woman she happened to meet in a flash mob, they all affected her in some way.
The actual completion of the items on the bucket list was my favorite part, I loved the way Rebel interpreted some of them and how seriously she began to take it, even when it was just a nuisance to her in the beginning.
GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE makes you feel all the emotions, whether it’s laughing out loud at Rebel’s jokes or having tears in your eyes at the meaning of this book. It is a truly great contemporary.