Young Adult


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. 




It Started With Goodbye is a sweet young adult romance that also address the complexities of teenage friendships and the relationships involved in blended families. I enjoyed Tatum's snarky commentary and seeing her attempt to repair and better her relationships with those around her. 

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"He looked at me like I was actually there, which for me was a nice change of pace."

"For our last song, I put together something special for someone who is here tonight and who also loves music. So much that she once said my playing wrecked her."

"Though we'd been thousands of miles apart, both in distance and situation, over the course of the summer, I couldn't deny now that all the times I'd thought he'd been flirting with me were real."


Published by Bewitched Reader