Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication date: October 1st 2013
My rating: 3 stars
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.
Rebecca Blue or Rebel as she prefers to be known as is a rebel; she’s been a rebel at heart since a young age. Instead of going to school as a regular child, she was “home schooled” whist she and her mum travelled. Her mum was a photographer and loved taking shots in the moment. However the care free fun life that Rebel led was soon ripped away when her mum died and she had to go live with her uncle and family. Rebel still had the rebellious side to her growing up; she streaked her hair blue, was barely passing at school and just floating by through life. That was until Kennedy Green and her bucket list strolled into her life. After one life changing detention with Kennedy, Kennedy ends up crashing her car and leaving behind a bucket list only Rebel knows about. Rebel wasn’t a friend of Kennedy, but she feels like she’s left with all the responsibility of checking off some of the items off the list.
Deciding to attempt some of the items of Kennedy’s bucket list was a sort of life changing experience for Rebel. It made her want to become more involved and actually wake up and take notice of things around her. Things weren’t all that bad, she had a family who cared about her and provided a roof over her head and a friend in Macey who needed a comfort and encouragement the most at this time. Also by doing some of these things off Kenney’s list, they made Rebel attempt things she would never have considered; planting trees at her school, volunteering, taking up running and meeting Nate. Nate was the best thing that could have happened to Rebel. I just wished she would quit continually pushing him away and cutting him short when he was speaking the truth and she thought she was lying. Through Nate, she also got to meet his family and learn some great life lessons along the away.
Rebel went through a pretty big learning curve in Goodbye Rebel Blue, and despite her trying her hardest to not want to be part of it was an important thing that she had to do. There is great character growth along the way for Rebel; nice escapades of watching her complete her tasks and some eye opening scenes too. Goodbye Rebel Blue may not have been one of my most memorable reads of the year, but it’s a poignant story nonetheless.