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Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda


About Kaira Rouda
Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction that sparkles with humor and heart including Here, Home, Hope and In The Mirror. Her latest novel, The Goodbye Year, will be released in May of 2016. Her modern romance novels are set on beaches, including the Laguna Beach series, the Indigo Island series and coming soon, the Malibu series.

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. After living in Columbus, Ohio, for most of her life, she now enjoys the beach whenever possible. Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. For more about Kaira and her books, please visit
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Review by Suze
Melanie will miss her son Dane very much when he'll go to college. He's a high school senior and she's worried about his future. She doesn't know how to be herself without having her sons at home and by her side. Dane is unhappy at school and doesn't get the good grades his mother wants him to have. He tries to be the best he can be, but is under constant pressure to perform and to be someone he isn't. He's a talented musician and he's gorgeous, but his mother doesn't have any confidence in his achievements.
To everyone else it seems that Sarah's life is perfect. Because her husband Jud is a famous plastic surgeon she looks perfect and still young and her daughter Ashley is the number one student of her year. Ashley is both talented and likable, so she's extremely popular. That is all Sarah ever wanted, for her daughter to have a good life. Only can she really trust her husband and is everything actually as wonderful as people think it is? Jud is always traveling and she has no idea where he is and what he's doing there and she's afraid to find out why.
Will is married to a bossy and organized middle school principal named Carol and they have two daughters. His wife keeps them in check via a calendar, so everyone in the family knows where to be and what to do. His eldest daughter Marni goes to the same school as Dane and Ashley and they are friends. Will has an affair with Lauren, the mother of one of Marni's classmates. She's the fun part of his life and Carol is the person who gives him structure. According to Will he has everything he needs, but is it all about him and his wishes?
 Kaira Rouda tells her story from the points of view of many different characters. Because of this the reader has the chance to get to know everyone who's playing a part in this story at a profound level. I loved this approach. She writes from the perspective of the adults and the young adults and that makes a great combination. The Goodbye Year is a story about a difficult period in life for both adults and their children, the last year in high school, the final year the kids are still at home. So much is going to change in a short period of time. The children are growing up and the parents are no longer needed on a day-to-day basis. It's a good topic for a novel and it was interesting to read the stories of the main characters.
Kaira Rouda hasn't only chosen to write about kind and trustworthy people. She writes about selfishness, lies, drinking problems, diseases and all the other things life can throw at people when they least expect it. She gives a fascinating insight in the lives of the rich and successful and how hard it can be to survive in a world where people seemingly have it easy. I loved that approach. I think The Goodbye Year is an interesting book. The stories are all coming together very well and I liked the ending of each of them. If you like fast-paced books with a lot of drama and unexpected twists and turns you will definitely love this book.

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1 comment:

  1. There are so many people who deal with this kind of lifestyle. It sounds like the author tapped into a lot of people's experiences.