Goodbye, Rebel Blue
What happens when fate unexpectedly intervenes?
Rebel Blue has once again landed herself in detention and, much to her annoyance, has to spend an hour with perky do-gooder Kennedy Green. Their assignment is to write up a bucket list of things they would like to do before they die. Not one to take a school assignment seriously, Rebel scribbles down the most absurd things she can think of while Kennedy babbles on about how it was destiny that placed them in the detention room together. But Rebel’s world is turned upside down the next when she discovers that Kennedy has died and Rebel was one of the last people to ever speak to her. Now Rebel cannot seem to get Kennedy’s bucket list out of her life --- or Kennedy’s voice out of her head.
"In GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE, Shelley Coriell beautifully portrays the power of realizing what you most want in life and believing in the little things that give you the strength to move on."
Kennedy’s bucket list consists of random acts of kindness and building meaningful connections to people --- two things sarcastic and free-spirited Rebel is not very good at. But Rebel resolves to check off every item on Kennedy’s list to prove that she is not the destructive force that everyone seems to think she is. Now Rebel finds herself opening up to a world she never thought she belonged in and trying to connect to people who never understood her. Like Nate, the perfect and selfless all-star, who makes it his mission to help Rebel fulfill Kennedy’s last wishes. Rebel can’t help falling for Nate, but would he still care about her if she wasn’t trying to follow in Kennedy’s charitable footsteps?
Rebel always thought it was her own choices that controlled her life; but as Kennedy’s bucket list begins changing the way Rebel thinks about the world, Rebel finds that she must place her faith in others and accept the unknown forces leading her down a new path in life.
Even with her rebellious nature and hard exterior, Rebel is an admirable and engaging heroine that readers will want to emulate. She is fearlessly honest and her vulnerable moments will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has every felt even slightly like an outsider. In GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE, Shelley Coriell beautifully portrays the power of realizing what you most want in life and believing in the little things that give you the strength to move on.
Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe on November 4, 2013