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Young Adult Fiction Dating & Sex

The Goodbye Girls

by (author) Lisa Harrington

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Dating & Sex
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12


The students at Lizzie's high school are notoriously terrible at breakups. Forget awkward conversations—they're dumping each other via text. Inspired by the terrible breakups around her, sixteen-year-old Lizzie, strapped for cash and itching to go on the school's band trip to NYC, teams up with her best friend, Willa, to create a genius business: personalized gift baskets—breakup baskets—sent from dumper to dumpee. The Goodbye Girls operate in secret, and business is booming. But it's not long before someone begins sabotaging The Goodbye Girls, sending impossibly cruel baskets to seemingly random targets, undermining everything Lizzie and Willa have built and jeopardizing their anonymity. Soon family, friendship, and a budding romance are on the line. Will Lizzie end up saying goodbye to the business for good?

About the author

LISA HARRINGTON's Live to Tell won the Ann Connor Brimer Award and was nominated for the OLA White Pine Award, the SYRCA Snow Willow Award, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Juvenile/YA Novel. Her work has appeared in A Maritime Christmas; her first novel, Rattled, was published to critical acclaim in 2010. She holds a degree in Education from Mount Saint Vincent University and has worked as a childcare worker and a teacher. A lifelong resident of Nova Scotia, Harrington currently resides in Halifax.

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Excerpt: The Goodbye Girls (by (author) Lisa Harrington)

"Then it happens. That cement block that has been sitting on my chest slowly starts crumbling to dust, and I can finally breathe normally again...I lie there for a minute, letting it sink in. I can't be sure, but I think I feel the corners of my mouth turn up, just a bit, all by themselves."

Editorial Reviews

"There's a lot to say about The Goodbye Girls. It's topical, doesn't take any easy outs, and it's a fast unsentimental read—whether you're in high school or just remember it well." —Quill and Quire (Toronto, ON)

"The strength of The Goodbye Girls is really its portrayal of friendship. This is a true gal pal story where the two main characters feel like real best friends." —Canadian Materials Magazine (Winnipeg, MB)

"The author offers a nuanced perspective on teen angst and relationships. A first buy for all high school library shelves. This book has much to offer to a wide audience." —School Library Journal Reviews

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