Book Review: It All Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Hello people of this bookish realm, I’m officially done with everything school related! This feeling of freedom and no longer being held down by metal chains is superb, but alas, the reminder that summer vacation is simply two months and a half is saddening. Anyways, I received this book before it’s publication and thought it would be a perfect read to begin the summer fun! Am I the only one who gets a nerdy vibe when saying that? Like, most girls from my school are sun tanning at the beach and I’m here getting giggles and thrills over a witty-humored book… Oh wells, less chance of sun burn for moi. Book talk begin!



It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Genre: Contemporary

Publication: May 9th 2017 by Blink/HarperCollins

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Goodreads Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.


Bibbidi Bobbiti Boo! I bring to you a Cinderella-like novel!

Sure there are differences, but it can’t exactly be the same as the classic tale or where would the specks of originality be! The father is present unlike the original tale, but his appearance is so rare and his control as a parent wavered. It was the stepmother who clutched onto the power yet she wasn’t the woman she made herself out to be. Their was a stepsister who’s accomplishments were always praised. However, I wouldn’t consider her evil because she rarely spoke in the story. She was a silent loner type. A similarity I found was Tatum having her godmother. Well, fairy godmother perhaps! She was as sweet as honey and her personality could make the darkness in a room dissipate. These details helped me decide on what to type for my first pro.


  • The authenticity the author, Christina June, brought to the table. Instead of focusing innumerable pages on the romance between Tatum and her prince charming, readers such as I got to observe her complex relationship with her family.
  • Tatum. Her humor: Witty to the max. It made for interesting and humorous inner monologues! Her confidence to start a business reminded me of the strength I needed to publish my first post on here! She was someone anyone can relate to. Her fears were dilemmas not over exaggerated, but brought calmly to attention.
  • The pace was perfectly right. Nothing was stretched out too thin and nothing was clumped together into a chapter.
  • Other characters: Though Belén also known as “the stepmonster” had her flaws after having knowledge of her backstory, I got to hand it to her because she could’ve been MUCH worse. Tilly, “evil stepsister”, had parent pressure driven to her bones and it explained why she couldn’t fit in as easily as Tatum could. I loved her character and was ecstatic when I read about her overcoming an obstacle that she desperately needed to face after so much time.


  • Tatum’s love interest who’s referred to as “S.K.”  For most of the book, they exchanged a ton of emails. Another bonus for the author! I’ve never read a loving bond growing via electronic mail, but when S.K. sent a message he sounded feminine sometimes…
  • It was a tad difficult to get a fairytale mindset because I’m customary to reading books that should feel a little realistic so when I read the exchanged emails between Tatum and her prince, I was like, “Two people can’t get this close in a minute! For all you know he can be an imposter into younger girls!” Would it be hard for anyone else?
  • There was a moment where I didn’t comprehend what transpired, but it was a minor mistake.

Even miracles take a little time. ~original fairy godmother

Favorite Quote from Book: All my bunco innings were burning a hole in my pocket. I thought Cinderella could use a new gown for the ball.

Have anyone already the book yet? Do you guys think you might give it a try or maybe another time? Thanks so much for making it through the whole post. Happy fourth of July to everyone out there and may you have as many blessings as there are stars in the sky! Goodnight from here! 

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: It All Started With Goodbye by Christina June

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Ooooh this sounds like Textrovert and Geekerella! Well, the e-mail/text romance thing. Which, if you enjoyed, I’m sure you’ll like these two (I haven’t read Textrovert yet but sounds really cute!)
    Amazing review, Olga, and I’m so glad this one was a hit! ❤ I love retellings, even if they are super subtle about it 🙂

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