Goodbye, Rebel Blue is a very relate-able story for anyone who’s ever felt like they were better off alone. Rebel has convinced herself that she is happy with pushing people away and staying by herself. She’s a rebel. She knows it. Just look at the blue streak in her hair.
When a girl she shared detention with dies, Rebel decides to take on the girl’s bucket list. It was an interesting idea and initially what got me to start reading this book. What makes the bucket list so hard for Rebel to finish, is that it is full of “do-gooder-type” things. Save the sea turtles. Plant trees at school. Not things a rebel would do. But she is determined to show her cousin Pen that she can do it.
As she completes items on the list, Rebel starts to learn, reluctantly, that she might just need people in her life. That it’s okay to depend on others sometimes. This was a great feel-good story that would really appeal to Sarah Dessen fans. It didn’t like blow my mind, but I’m glad I read it. It was quick, and it was insightful. If you need a good story about finding yourself and figuring out your life, I’d highly suggest this one.
A solid 4 out of 5 cats.