Let me just start by saying I'm a sucker for contemporary YA--with that being said, it should be no surprise that I loved Before Goodbye! What a heart wrenching and warming story Mimi Cross has weaved together. Both Cate and David struggle with their own guilt and inner demons. Both search for something to help ease their pain...neither expects to find it within each other. This book had all the feels and then some. It was warm, compassionate, desperate and real. I fell in love with the characters and their stories and felt my heartbreaking along with theirs. I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to any YA fan. Stunningly beautiful!
Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.
Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.
As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.