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.
The Trouble With Goodbye was heartfelt and heart-wrenching. Overall, I feel that this novel was a story that needed to be told because it is a story that so many women of all ages can read and relate to. The main character, Leigh Ann has been raped and coerced into keeping it quiet by her parents and the administration at the college she attends. After a second student comes forward, saying that the same man sexually assaulted her as well, Leigh Ann decides to get away from Boston for the Summer and to back to her childhood home where she realizes exactly how much her experiences have changed her.
I found Leigh Ann to be a very brave character, especially because her parents expect her to stay quiet about her experiences and basically forget they ever happened. But the memory of what happened that night torments her (and understandably so). Over the course of the novel, Leigh Ann struggles with the amount of control her parents have over her life and the amount of influence they have on her choices. I feel that many women who read this novel will see themselves in Leigh Ann and will understand her struggles and celebrate her victories.
I also loved the male “love interest” character Knox. He had had a troubled past and can understand Leigh Anne in a way that no one else can. While he seems like the “bad boy” around town, he is simply misunderstood. I liked how their relationship developed and while they may have been attracted to one another at first, they didn’t immediately jump into a relationship and it didn’t feel like your cliché “love at first sight.”
While this is a hard and difficult topic to both write and read about, I feel like the author has done so in a sensitive manner. Even though the main character has been through a terrible thing, the book isn’t dark and depressing, but gives a message of hope for both the main character and for people who may have had similar experiences.