Aug 7, 2014

Blog Tour -- Goodbye to You


20706643Goodbye to You
Author: A.J. Matthews
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: Approximately 193
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
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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.

My Review:
Thea is getting a double mastectomy. She is heading to Key West for a vacation with her friends to find a last minute fling before her "girls" are removed. Little did she know that she would run into Shay, the one guy that puts stars in her eyes when they kiss. She thinks pushing him away is what is best, but is that really the best thing??

This book is not what I expected. I clicked on the tour and thought the book sounded interesting, but one thing that is not mentioned is that this has a decent amount of sex scenes in it. It is pretty detailed in the foreplay area, but tapers off when the actual sex is involved. Some books over do it with the sex or make it not seem realistic but this one does it just right. I didn't feel awkward while reading it, even next to my boyfriend.

This book changes points of views between Shay and Thea. I enjoyed being able to read one character and then flip over to be in the other point of view as well. It was an effective way to get to know both characters for who they really are. You get to see when they are happy as well as when they are sad.

A little less than half of the book is set in Key West, that is where it starts. After Thea goes home and Shay ends up at Med School, it ends up in North Carolina. I like that there wasn't too much running around in the books so you could spend more time getting the details of where they were at the time.

Thea is a great character. She seems like a really nice girl, even when she makes decisions that aren't always the best. Unlike most characters in other books, Thea's mood swings make sense and don't make you hate her. The mood changes make you feel sorry for her and want to help her through her decision as well. I really enjoyed reading her side and following her through the days before as well as after her surgery.

Shay was wonderful. I have a friend that is a dark haired Irishman as well, so I was able to picture Shay very well. Most people think Irish means they have red hair, but a lot of them have dark hair. Shay is one of those with dark hair and darker eyes. He was one that was easy to picture when you looked at him and easily could tell he was very good looking. Shay didn't see his looks for what they really were. He was very modest and quite a bit on the shy side. I loved his character. He was such a sweetheart through the whole thing no matter what Thea threw at him. I loved that. Even times he did make a mistake or two, he would realize it and go fix it. Shay won my heart and made me a big supporter of this book.

This book deals a lot with medical issues from depression, autism, and breast cancer. Some issues come from Shay's side of the family and the other comes from Thea's side. It was nice to have terms in this book that were more scientific but were explained so you were able to understand what the terms meant. I felt like I learned something as I read the book which was a big plus for me.

This book was so well rounded with no only love, but friendship, family, overcoming even the hardest things in life, as well as self acceptance. I love when there is so much involved in a book, that you feel the emotions from the book well after you done reading it. This is definitely a book that gave me a hangover. I didn't want it to end.

The ending was wonderful. I hate when author's hint towards how the future will end up, but then nothing ever gets resolved at the end. You are left hanging with so many what if's that it makes the book not even worth all the time you put into it. This ending was fantastic. It wrapped up so nicely and put such a big smile on my face. It made me want to melt. I now can't wait for my own boyfriend to get home just so I can be held in his arms. I can honestly say I don't think I have read a book in a long time that has given me the level of happiness with the turn out as this one. She ended it perfectly. I have absolutely no complaints. I could keep reading about these two forever. I know this will be one book that will be going on my re-read shelf very soon. This is a book that I am so glad I was offered to review it, I wouldn't want to have missed out on a book this good.


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 fantasies, and my characters can often be found strolling in the sand or sailing along a coast.a

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