Review – This is what goodbye looks like by Olivia Rivers

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July 4, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

this is what goodbye looks like


This is what goodbye looks like by Olivia Rivers

Publisher: Red Sparrow Press

Publication date: June 17th, 2016

Source: eBook from Netgalley

Rating: 4 hearts





Lea Holder watched a boy die in the same DUI accident that ruined Lea’s legs and threw her little sister into a coma. As the only eye-witness to the accident, if she tells the truth in court, the drunk driver will go to prison and the dead boy’s family will have justice.

But Lea lies.

If she had told the truth, Lea would have put her own mom in prison for causing the accident. With the trial over and her mom set free, Lea attempts to rebuild her shattered life as she waits for her little sister to wake from her coma.

When Lea transfers schools, she finds herself in the same senior class as Seth Ashbury, the brother of the boy her mom killed. As Lea gets to know the person buried underneath Seth’s grief, she quickly falls for his quick wit and passionate soul. But Seth remains completely oblivious that Lea is the same girl who robbed his family of justice.

As their relationship deepens, Lea finally gets a taste of the love that’s been missing from her life since the accident. But soon she’s faced with a choice: she can continue her lies and accept the comfort it gives them both. Or she can tell Seth the truth about everything, and risk destroying both her family and her newfound love.


This book is about death, pain, love, regrets, lies, friendship, and family bond. I could speak of the story but the synopsis is widely sufficient, it reveals enough and I wouldn’t like to spoil you.

Lea has regret in her life, she thought that to lie would save her family, but unfortunately things did not happen the way she wants. She needs peace and she will try to find it, I’m not okay with Lea’s actions most of the time. She’s using Seth and I don’t like that, but I can understand her reasons, she feels guilty and she wants to save her family.

Seth on the other hand is absolutely cute and kind, he suffers, losing his brother deprived him the desire for smile but nevertheless, he remains open and faithful to his friends.

Lea thinks that Seth is the solution, that his family isn’t broken after the accident. That’s disturbed me, because how can she thinks that, they lost someone and even if they appears to take this well, they are broken. Both family are broken, what happens to them is awful and it’s not knew that alcohol is a drug, probably one of the hardest because it’s legal.

I like the relation between Seth and his friends, they are linked together. All the characters in the book are important, Lea’s family is more broken than Seth’s, her sister is in coma, her brother left her, her mother is guilty but free and her father will do everything for his wife.

This story is a sad one, but one that must be told. The parents should never ask to their children to lie for them, it’s not good that a child feels some guilt while he made nothing except obey to his parents.

I already read one book from Olivia Rivers and I like her writing style, I like her characters, she knows how to express feelings and emotions. I really enjoyed reading this is what goodbye looks like.

Quick word: A beautiful story full of feelings which urges you to think about your acts.

About the author

Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published “Tortured Elements” and “Duplicity” series, along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.


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