I was so anxious to read this new book from Jeff Zentner as I completely fell in love with his debut novel, “The Serpent King.” Mr. Zentner writes his characters with true emotional depth and this book did not disappoint. Goodbye Days is based around a tragedy that allows the main character, Carver, to explore many difficult topics not only for young people, but the adult characters in the story as well – friendship, guilt, grief, blame, loneliness, choices, love, family, regrets, but most of all forgiveness. I love “Southern Novels”. and once again, Mr. Zentner captures the atmosphere of the South perfectly, almost as if Nashville, where the story is based, is a character in the book as well. Yet another phenomenal YA book from Jeff Zentner and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.