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Review: Good-bye, with Love by Niquel

Good-bye, with Love.
Good-bye, with Love. by Niquel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good-bye, with Love by Niquel ~ 4 Stars

“Have you ever wished you could have something so bad, even though you knew it was forbidden?
Jonathan Gates was just that—forbidden. He was everything I could ever want in a man: charming, a great listener, open-minded, and funny. It also didn’t hurt that he was easy on the eyes.
We’d been through a lot together: breakups, makeups, firsts, lasts, and anything else you can imagine. I was once told he was my soul mate, but I refused to believe that.

I didn’t want to love him. I didn’t want to fall for him because…he was my best friend!
But I did, and I fell for him hard. I was in love with my best friend, and it was time he knew how I really felt.”

*** I used to read a lot more YA books and this reminds me a little bit of The Fault in our Stars as this is about the struggles two young people go through together as Mickey fight the cancer battle. The two characters in this book is much younger though – early teens. I think the youngest couple I ever read. The dialogues are funny and innocent … sometimes I have to remind myself that these are just kids… So for the YA audiences the writing is spot on cute, funny, sweet and heart-felt. The chapters are shorter which I think is also geared toward YA readers.

“It’s a friendship bracelet. I’m not into beads and all that flashy stuff, but I figured I could make a green one for me and a purple one for you, to represent our friendship.”

This book is written in a dual POV alternating Mickey and Johnny. The story starts out with Mickey finding out that she has a lump which turned out to be cancer. So the battle begins for Mickey with doctors visits, and chemo, and the side effects. When Mickey returned to school, she met the new kid in Johnny and she immediately was drawn to him. She befriended Johnny and the two became instant friends.

“Your heart’s match is always with the one you least expect. Your heart knows how to lead you down the right path to love.”

I really like Johnny character. He is super sweet and caring. He stayed by Mickey’s side through all the difficult time even throwing in a surprise here and there. The things that Johnny does for Mickey is so thoughtful – melts your heart. Mickey is also sweet, strong and a good friend – or they tried to be friends ;). Unfortunately, the two went on their way after junior high and so they were separated for the last third of the book. Their story picked up again a couple years later when they met in high school. I think the last few chapters of the book there were a lot of things happened, covering several years span with new characters and several new events. Overall, this was a fast, easy read. The story is cute – young crush turns into forever lasting love. I would say the target audience is teenagers. First half of the book or so was about pre-teens 12 years old age group, then the last part has a little PG making love talk . It does have a HEA ending 🙂
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