Goodbye, Rebel Blue

Goodbye, Rebel Blue

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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 follow the dead girl's bucket list as a way of making amends for not helping her when she was alive. In doing so, she's drawn into the path of people who actually care about causes and other people, shaking her sense of self and making her reevaluate her loner existence. Reminiscent of the blockbuster hit Thirteen Reasons Why, which examined the fallout from a teen's suicide; this also features Shelley's bright, engaging voice and unforgettable more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 146 x 212 x 30mm | 419.99g
  • Abrams
  • Amulet Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419709305
  • 9781419709302
  • 1,194,038

About Shelley Coriell

A professional journalist for more than twenty years, Shelley Coriell ( ) has worked as a newspaper reporter, award-winning magazine editor and association executive. Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe was her first more

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ABRAMS and Netgalley.) Sixteen-year-old Rebecca (Rebel) Blue hardly knows Kennedy green, but a chance meeting in detention suddenly seems to have meaning when the next day Kennedy crashes her car and dies. The police have no idea if it was a suicide or an accident, but Rebel sees it as a sign, and immediately goes to the detention room to get something that Kennedy threw in the trash when they were together - her bucket list. As much as Rebel tries to get rid of the list though, it seems to not want to leave her, and she realises that she needs to complete Kennedy's bucket list for her. Can Rebel complete good-girl-Kennedy's bucket list? What will she learn about herself as she does it? And is she really that much of a Rebel? This was an okay story, but I found myself losing interest. Rebel was an okay character, but for someone who liked breaking rules and making statements, I didn't quite get why she felt the need to complete Kennedy's bucket list - I mean they weren't even friends really, and the point of a bucket list is that YOU do it, BEFORE you die. Somebody else completing your bucket list after you're dead doesn't seem to really accomplish the goal to me. The storyline in this was okay, but it sounded better in the blurb than it really was. The whole point of the story seemed to be about Rebel becoming a better person through doing good little Kennedy's bucket list, but I actually thought that Rebel was perfectly okay as she was to start with, and I didn't really see why she needed to improve herself. Kennedy seem fairly happy with who Rebel was when she actually spoke to her, so why did she need to change? Annoyingly enough, Rebel's bucket list was actually a lot funnier than Kennedy's as well. Jumping in a taxi and shouting â€~follow that car!' sounds much more fun that adopting a turtle. There was a touch of romance in this, but nothing special unfortunately. The ending was also okay, but again, nothing special, and I had problems staying focused on this book as it just seemed a little dull to me. Overall; an okay story about a girl, and a dead girls bucket list. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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