It Started with Goodbye


By Christina June

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After being falsely accused of a crime, Tatum is confined to her house under the watchful eye of her step-mother. But when a twist of fate comes in the form of a mysterious client to her graphic design business, maybe there's a bit of fairytale luck after all.

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. Trapped under her stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF ghosting her, Tatum pours herself into the assigned community service. With a helpful push from her fellow community service member, Abby, Tatum fills her time at homebuilding her covert graphic design business, right under her stepmother's nose. When a cute cello-playing client sweeps Tatum off her feet, she's left breathless and eager to get out of these four walls.

But Tatum discovers she's not the only one in the house keeping secrets as she takes the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Encouraged by her feisty step-abuela/fairy-godmother, and filled with a new perception of life, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A contemporary twist on the Cinderella tale, It Started With Goodbye features:

  • secret admirer and hidden identity trope
  • a strong, spunky female lead
  • for fans of Elise Bryant, Meg Cabot, and Sarah Dessen
  • It Started with Goodbye