I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
Published by Amulet Books on October 1st 2013
Source: the Publisher
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
Have I ever told you that I love it when characters undergo growth in a book? I probably did, but I’ll say it again just in case. I love it when the main character grows throughout the novel! Which was the case with Rebecca -aka Rebel- in Shelley Coriell’s newest book.
When I read the summary of the book, it intrigued me because of the Bucket List part, but this book is so much more than Rebel trying to complete a dead girls bucket list. It is about a troubled protagonist struggling to find herself. The Rebel we meet at the beginning of this book is very different to the Rebel we find nearing the end of this book. The bad-mouthed, anti-social, artsy girl pushing away the very people that are trying to help her. They are all a façade, hiding a girl that is lost and just doesn’t know how to handle feeling so out of place. Completing Kennedy’s bucket list was the push in the right direction she needed.
Shelley Coriell perfectly manages to capture what it is to grow up, to find out who you are and staying true who you are. Because above all Rebel stays true to herself. She is and always will be the artsy girl with streaks of Electric Blue #1111 in her hair, throughout the course of the story she just becomes something more. Something more than the true blue loner she has always been. That development in her character is what made the book to me.
The pacing of this books was great! Lately I’ve been feeling like authors skip the ‘boring’ parts, but the pacing in this books was vey realistic. Rebel goes on a journey and we as reader get to make it with her. The journey itself is portrayed realistically as well. For instance, Rebel doesn’t magically fall for Nate their relationship takes time to built. Family life isn’t sugar-coated, but it’s simply is portrayed as it is. Pen and Rebel’s issues are very real and their relationship improves throughout the story. As does the friendship between Macey and Rebel.
With this provoking story Coriell manages to successfully portray the struggle that teens find themselves in when growing up. Rebel’s quirky comebacks and comments made me laugh out loud, while other scenes in the book made my heart ache for her. Goodbye, Rebel Blue tells about the process of finding yourself and questioning your purpose from the perspective of a girl much like us. Goodbye, Rebel Blue is an engaging read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that loves books with a deeper meaning!