The Things You Kiss Goodbye

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The Things You Kiss Goodbye
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
June 24, 2014
ISBN
0060890916
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Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first love. Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when star basketball player Brady Cullen convinces her strict father to let them date. That summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady and the freedom that comes along with him. But when school starts up again, Brady unexpectedly changes for the worse. Unable to give up on her first love just yet, she finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship. Then she meets "Cowboy," a smoldering older guy and the last guy her father would approve. Yet he is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina. When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

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OH wow...the feels!
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4.0
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Holy heart break. This book. THIS book. First of all, Bettina is amazing. She doesn't realize it, but she really is. I was so excited for her when she started dating Brady. He was so loving and kind to her. And then he wasn't. Ugh. I hated that she stayed with him while he treated her so terribly. I was getting angry while reading this book because I couldn't believe she was letting him get away with that crap. But, I do understand this happens to a lot of girls and it's important to have these books written. It's just so hard reading them. I really hated Brady. He was such a jerk, and honestly someone needed to be told about his behavior. Bettina's dad would have been furious at him had he known. I was excited for Bettina when met "Cowboy". I was worried for her when she started seeing him a lot, even thought they weren't dating or anything. But I was worried about Brady finding out and hurting her. I was so happy that she was able to find someone who was appreciative of her though.

I was completely stunned by the ending of this book. It took me by complete surprise, and I won't give away any spoilers, but my goodness. Even though this book has a heavy subject matter, it was so very good and definitely worth the read.
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