Review: Goodbye, Rebel Blue

Nov •  12 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Goodbye, Rebel BlueGoodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Harry N. Abrams on October 1st 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary, Young Adult-Realistic Fiction
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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 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.

This is a great book! I was immediately drown to it because of the synopsis. I mean death is huge. It makes me think about our lives and how short they really are. Do you have a bucket list? Will you do someone else’s bucket list?

Plot: The reader meets Rebel. A girl handed some bad cards and learning to move on. She is introduced to another girl during detention who questioned Rebel’s life. Then she dies. And her bucket list is in Rebel hands. I love this. Watching Rebel complete the bucket list of a dead girl is amazing. The plot flows well, allowing the reader to fully grasp what the bucket list is doing to Rebel. It’s just awesome!

The bucket list: By Rebel doing the bucket list it changed Rebel. It help her looks at things in a whole new perspective. Some good and some bad. But she changed. Watching Rebel struggle and even face her fears in doing the bucket list made me proud of her. No one pushed her and told her to do it, she did it because she wanted too.

Death: Death makes me questions a lot of things. What would you do if you only had one day to live? Where would you go? What would you confess? Rebel’s life has been consumed by death. By the death of her own loved ones, Rebel begins to wonder about her own life. And in doing that she….

Falling in love: This little area of the book I was so surprised and awed at! I love that this friendship grew into something more. That this bucket list not only changed Rebel but changed the guy too. Remember, it’s your life. And what you make of it, is up to you.

This is a fantastic book that I can totally re-visit again. It had a certain appeal that I could not look away from. Goodbye, Rebel Blue is a powerful story and sensitive story that is deeply moving. Truthful yet satisfying, Goodbye, Rebel Blue is great!

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Nov 12, 2013

    I really want to read this one Savy! I’ve heard such good things, and I love that the romance starts as friendship first and then moves to more. Those (and the antagonistic romances) are the ones I always crave most. Looking forward to this one!

  2. Giselle
    Nov 12, 2013

    What would I do with one day to live and questions like that stress me out! haha. This book sounds really good though and very emotional, too!

  3. This sounds so fab! I love the sound of this one especially with the friendship that moves onto more. Pushing this one up the wishlist.

  4. Candace
    Nov 13, 2013

    I really liked this one too! I think I would totally reread it. I loved Rebel!

  5. So glad you liked this! I really enjoyed it myself!