ARC Review: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Corriell11
August 31, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
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. Special thanks to the publisher, ABRAMS/Amulet Books, for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an unbiased review. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell will be available in stores October 1st, 2013.
A lot of us have thought about making our own bucket list and completing it, but would you ever complete someone else’s bucket list?
Well, that’s what Rebel Blue is doing. After all, if it wasn’t for the list, there’s no way that shark-teeth-wearing, motor-scooter-riding, ever-so-sarcastic Rebel would ever be adopting turtles, spending time doing community service, and doing a random act of kindness each day. But if it’s on the late Kennedy Green’s bucket list, then Rebel’s going to do it.
But while she’s completing Kennedy’s keys to happiness-can Rebel find her own?
What I loved about this book was how it has so many different emotions going through it, but it balanced everything out to be so fun and funny. We feel Rebel’s grief, anger, and frustration, but we also get to watch her grow as a character and really open herself up, and that’s really a beautiful part of the story.
I also really liked how all the characters felt like they had a definite presence and important role. For instance, even though Kennedy Green is only in the first chapter, she has so much to say and her presence is strong throughout the book; hoodie-wearing, pie-making Macy will surprise you throughout the book; and even Percy the custodian is part of an important memory of Rebel’s.
Between all of the humor, the heartfelt emotions, the great characters, and the fun beach setting, Goodbye, Rebel Blue is definitely a fun book that I’d recommend, and it’s even a really fun book just to talk about!
4 out of 5 tea cups
I hadn’t heard of this, but it sounds really cool! Love a book with strong characters (weak characters can be a make-it-or-break-it kind of thing for me.)
I really liked the cast of characters! :)
I heard about this one recently from another reviewer, and it sounded really good! :) Your review makes me want to read it more. Have you read the author’s other book, Welcome Caller, This is Chloe? I just got it from the library, and it looks like a fun read!
I did read Welcome Caller, This is Chloe; I thought it was cute but Goodbye, Rebel Blue is my favorite of her two books. I think it was really cool, though, how Chloe and Rebel were both such individual, quirky leads. Sometimes authors can kind of write the “same” main characters, but I liked what Shelley did with Chloe and Rebel. :)
I actually have heard of this one, but now of many reviews! It sounds great and I’m glad you liked it so much!
I hope you like it too! :)
I’m an incorrigible list-maker, so I love the idea of a book based around a bucket list :)
Even though Rebel is completing Kennedy’s bucket list, each chapter’s “title” is an item from Rebel’s own bucket list, which I thought was pretty cool too. :)
I haven’t heard of this, but it sounds really good! Great review! I don’t normally go for contemporary, but this one sounds interesting…
Thanks; I hope you enjoy it if you read it! :)
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