The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon
The Trouble With Goodbye (Fairhope #1)
One night can change everything…
Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.
Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.
With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.
That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.
Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.
The Trouble With Goodbye started off good, but it just didn't deliver for me. It was too easy, too simple, the characters not as troubled as I would have imagined they would be. It just wasn't believable for me as it was just...too easy, too simple.
The story starts off with Leigh Anne coming back home for the summer. Something bad happened in college a year and a half ago, and she doesn't really want to be home, but thinks maybe if she can just be who she used to be everything bad will go away. It is pretty obvious what happened to her right from the start, but you don't actually find out the story until closer to the end. On her round about way to her parents house (she doesn't want anyone to see her yet) she gets in a car accident. Enter Knox who she is instantly attracted to and who helps her when she is stranded.
Knox moved to town after Leigh Anne left, and has a dark past of his own. The town gossips about how he was in jail for drugs and beating someone up. He is nothing but kind to Leigh Anne and she trusts him. He is someone she wants to confide in and work through her issues with. At first she tries to stay away from him though. She tries to fit back into who she was, but the problem is she is just not that person anymore. She can't get back to where she was, so she starts to move on. Her mom is a nightmare, but she also doesn't really stand up to her at all. She slowly starts to take control of her life and does what she wants, what is best for her, not what her mom wants. There were times when I just wanted to yell at Leigh Anne like come on! Say something! Tell your mom what you think!!
Once Leigh Anne opens up and tells Knox what happened to her, things just quickly seem to get wrapped up. There is a moment of what should she do now? But once she makes up her mind it is just like perfect - everything is great now and everyone lives happily ever after. It was a little too easy, and I wish the next book was a continuation. Even though I didn't love this book, I still enjoyed it. I wanted to know what happened after she decides to press charges. What about the other girls? What happens to everyone? How is the media circus? It just seems to gloss over all of that and you don't really see what happens. It was all too easy and everything just worked out perfectly.
And Knox's dark past? Well it doesn't seem that bad. The way it is written none of the bad things seemed to really effect the characters in the horrible ways I think they would have. It wasn't as compelling as other similar stories I have read. I never really felt anything for the main characters besides a slight bit of sympathy. I didn't connect with them, and I couldn't care as much as I should have. I am not sure exactly what it was, but something kept me disconnected, which is a shame. I feel like the real issues faced in this book are real problems, but the way they were written just didn't make me engaged. Not a horrible read, but I didn't love it as much as I could have.