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A Radical DecisionMy darling girls: I can’t believe our time is coming to an end. We’ve been together for such a short time, but wow, fun times. You’ve caused me grief as well, but mostly it’s been an unbelievable ride. Especially our time in Key West. But the potential harm you could cause makes this radical step necessary. So I say: “Goodbye to you, boobs.”A preventativeA Radical DecisionMy darling girls: I can’t believe our time is coming to an end. We’ve been together for such a short time, but wow, fun times. You’ve caused me grief as well, but mostly it’s been an unbelievable ride. Especially our time in Key West. But the potential harm you could cause makes this radical step necessary. So I say: “Goodbye to you, boobs.”A preventative double mastectomy is taking you away soon, and I’d had no doubt this was the right thing to do until I met him. His name is Shay Kelly. He likes me, but you? He can’t keep his hands off of you.An Unexpected LoveIt was a summer fling. Or was supposed to be, but as ass-kicking fate would have it, he’s going to med school at my college. I ran into him at the hospital, and agreed to one date, which turned into so much more.Shay is perfect. Gorgeous, smart, and ambitious. He doesn't know you’ll be leaving soon. The one thing he despises is being lied to, the way people lied to him for years about a family tragedy. Now I’m lying by colossal omission. So I need to figure out a way to tell Shay about the surgery...and find the strength to watch him walk away. I’ll miss him, and I’ll miss you, too. But I must say goodbye. Adiós. Au revoir. Ta-ta forever, ta-tas.The joke isn't so funny now that I have even more to lose....

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goodbye to you Reviews

  • FicCentral
    2019-04-16 20:41

    Thea and her friends head off to Key West for one last hurrah before returning to school and facing the reality of Thea’s upcoming preventative double mastectomy. She’s looking for a good time, a break from the harsh realities of life, and she finds that time with Shay, a somewhat shy Key West boy who keeps her smiling until it’s all tears when she has to leave. He’s just a summer fling. A good time. A vacation for her mind and heart before she returns to the real world. But fate’s lined things up differently, and when Shay shows up on Thea’s college campus in North Carolina, she won’t be able to hide her surgery…or her feelings for him.The Verdict: With all the romance I read, it was nice to pick up a book that has all the standard elements but would still be just a little different. Thea is lively and spirited, responsible and smart, and she’s been handed some really screwy genetics. She lost her mother to breast cancer, and then she spent her summer seeing her sister Jen through brutal cancer treatments. It’s no wonder that when her own tests come back showing she has up to an 80% chance of developing the disease herself, she elects to cut out the potential culprits.It was interesting to see this kind of decision and loss from the perspective of someone so young, especially since the author didn’t toss Thea down into some angst-filled pit of loss over her mother and sister. That Thea was large-breasted actually makes it a little scarier, since the chances of early detection are smaller in that situation, hence the higher mortality rate. It also meant that Thea couldn’t look on the somewhat bright side that I’ve known many women to force a smile about — at least they can get implants and have a little more up top.Shay is incredibly sweet but not perfect, either. It seems that mental illness runs in his family, causing his mother to commit suicide when he was young and leaving his brother to deal with a lifetime of treatment. Shay doesn’t have the option of preventing it from being passed down to any children he may have, but at least he’s informed and knows what he could be getting himself into. What stood out about his character development, though, was that he was not portrayed as simply this perfect guy. He was too shy to approach Thea, embarrassed when his uncle forced an introduction, and trying damned hard not to move too fast in his undeniable attraction to Thea.The conflict, of course, comes from Thea’s reluctance to let Shay know what she’s about to undergo. Since her sister’s ex-husband was against a mastectomy and then abandoned Jen when she was suffering the awful effects of chemo and radiation, Thea’s all too aware that some men just can’t hack it. Plus, her breasts are part of her identity, a physical feature of which she was proud when she donned a bikini, and she loves that she has that attractiveness to men. It’s entirely understandable that she’s afraid of bursting the romantic bubble she and Shay are in by telling him she’s going to be scarred and “less womanly” soon.I will admit that Thea’s dramatics in trying to cut Shay loose were a little annoying. I understood her ignoring him when she thought she’d never see him again, but I did not understand her leading him on and then pushing him away on the eve of her surgery. I get that she didn’t want to be hurt by his reaction to the aftermath, but really? He was a medical student who chose his future specialty to address the problems in his own family line. That didn’t guarantee that he’d be man enough to deal with the ugliness of surgery, but if there was anyone who could understand…Fortunately, Shay seemed to relish his role, understanding Thea’s issues even better than he understood her decision, and he didn’t let her push him out of her life. But while he had pretty much the perfect, supportive reaction to everything at that point, it seemed rather rushed and a little too good to be true. Their brief fling and the short time they’d been together in a real relationship led to a rather rushed, too ideal happily ever after ending, and while it was sweet, I wish it had been written with the same pragmatic and sometimes ugly realness that the rest of the book presented. I’m not saying he should have walked out of her life, but since some of the book was written in his POV, I would have liked to see him grapple with their new reality a bit more.Overall, Goodbye to You is a very sweet story that deals with a very serious issue in a positive way. It also doesn’t hurt that Shay’s a real sweetheart, and their bedroom scenes are all kinds of hot. Despite the serious undertones, it’s a rather lighthearted read, and it’s quite a feat that the author managed to tackle a tough subject like this with both accuracy and sensitivity in the middle of a charming love story.***FicCentral received this book from YA Bound Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.

  • Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)
    2019-03-29 20:17

    Thea is on vacation in Key West to take a break before she has a preventative double mastectomy. She's only looking for a good time but instead she finds Shay Kelly. Thea is funny and has a positive outlook on life, despite the possibility of developing breast cancer and the unavoidable surgery that she has to undergo. She knows how to have fun and is super lively but she is also really responsible and helps look after her sister who is in the middle of chemo.When Thea and Shay meet their chemistry is undeniable. I have to say I preferred Shay as a character because he was so unlike what I was expecting. Instead of being super good-looking and aware of it, Shay was endearingly shy and just a tiny bit awkward. He felt real and super easy to relate to. To top that, he goes stargazing and is a smoking hot guy with Irish roots. Totally irresistible ;) . The relationship between Thea and Shay was also slightly unexpected. Despite Thea wanting a short fling on holiday, they take it slow and really get to know each other before they jump into sex; Thea also didn't change her ways and have sex for the hell of it when she knows that she isn't a one-night-stand kind of girl and I admired her for sticking to that. While I really enjoyed reading about both of these characters there were a few things that annoyed me. At times Shay and Thea felt kind of naive because they made the jump from attraction and lust to love all within 24 hours. Now, I do believe in love at first sight so this didn't exactly bother me too much, and the characters are aware of how crazy love would be as they don't know each other, so the insta-love vibes in Goodbye To You weren't too strong. As I said before, I liked Shay more than I liked Thea and this became even truer towards the end of the book. I understand that Thea was struggling with her decision to have the mastectomy – and for the most part she is very considerate and level-headed about her decision (as much as she can be) – but it felt like she didn't believe in her relationship with Shay and wouldn't give him the chance to prove himself. Then when things went downhill she would feel like Shay was also to blame. In a way I wish Thea could have trusted Shay more but in the end she does learn to trust and love.Overall, Goodbye To You is a really sweet story with a couple of awesome steamy scenes and some serious undertones. This book is a nice and relatively light read that I would recommend to fans of NA looking for a quick story!NA3.5 stars*Note: I was provided with a copy of Goodbye To You for the blog tour host in exchange for an honest review.

  • Danielle (Danniegurl)
    2019-04-04 16:44

    3.5 StarsThis sounded like it was going to be an emotional roller coaster, instead it was more focused on the relationship than the surgery itself. That's ok, the whole relationship was cute and adorable, I was annoyed with Thea not wanting to tell Shay about the surgery, and really couldn't understand her obsession like thoughts regarding her breasts. I thought she should tell him and her reasoning for not, that he would leave, we're kind of silly, however it sounded as though this happens to some women with cancer, or women who do the preventative surgery, so I understood to a degree her reasoning. On the flip side I felt for Shay but too also was glad for his friend to bring to light how Thea must feel from his actions, it's definitely nice to have a friend put things into a perspective you, yourself would never think of, and as a side character Fred accomplished this. The book though in some places lulled, I got bored, they were cute don't get me wrong, but I was bored. I found myself wandering and that's not good, I felt like Thea's worries were valid about keeping Shay but possibly developing ovarian cancer and not being able to have kids. However what she did was reactionary, instead she should have sat down with him and discussed the options, I mean after all he did and how well he treated her there was no way that you could see him doing what she feared most, or her thinking he might resent her, I get it I do, but sometimes you need to set your fears aside and take a leap, and be mature and talk to the other person. Overall the book was a fun cute read surrounding a heavy topic, but it didn't focus too much on that aspect, granted it was on Thea's mind often, but the relationship took president. *I received this book from the publisher via NatGalley for my open and honest review all views expressed are mine and mine alone.

  • Book Binge
    2019-03-22 18:38

    Thea is in Key West with her best friends to have a fun time and, hopefully for Thea, one last fling before she has a preventative double mastectomy. She sees, then meets, Shay in his uncle’s pub and the two hit it off immediately. They end up spending the rest of her vacation together which unfortunately was only about 4 days. During that time, however, they became closer and pretty much feel for each other. Reality has a way of rearing its ugly head and soon Thea is back to her real life and Shay off to medical schoolThea never expected to see Shay again so when she does she’s not sure how to react. Yes, she fell for him in Key West but she’s pretty sure once her boobs are gone Shay will be gone also. She’s not willing to take the risk of getting involved with Shay just so she can be left heartbroken.Goodbye to You was an interesting look at a young woman getting ready to make a major life decision. She’s positive that the surgery is the right thing to do as both her mother and sister had gotten it. She hadn’t, but she had been genetically tested and tested positive for the brca1 mutation. That meant her chances of contracting breast cancer were incredibly high. I had to admire her decision to have the surgery. I understood her concerns about her future with children and love and even possible ovarian cancer. As much as I admired her, however, her roller coaster way of treating Shay drove me a bit batty. She was all over him then would have second thoughts about him in her life and then she’d try to make him hate her so that he’d leave. Luckily Shay was smart and caught on to what she was doing. He was persistent and didn’t let her go.Shay had his own set of issues. He had depression and autism in his family and he had his concerns about having children as well. He knew that it wasn’t going to happen any time soon but it certainly crossed his mind. He was such a rock for Thea and I was happy to see that she had found herself such a strong man, which is what she needed.I found issues with her friends as well. Their trip to Key West was supposed to be for Thea but all her friends did was party and hang out at the pool while she wanted to sightsee, etc. It was just very selfish of them to be so unenthusiastic about doing what Thea wanted to do when they were there for her in the first place. I didn’t care for that at all.Overall it was a sweet story but even with everything going on I didn’t find it too intense. The romance happened quickly but it didn’t seem to matter as there were so many other major issues being dealt with.Rating: 3.5 out of 5This review was originally posted on Book Binge by Tracy.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2019-04-16 14:18

    Man! I went into this so prepared for a massive ugly cry book and I was pleasantly surprised that it was nothing of the kind. What I got was a book that was smart, funny and just happened to deal with some tough subject matter.Thea has made a major life decision to undergo a double mastectomy after testing positive for the cancer carrying cells and watching both her mother and sister struggle with the disease. A weekend away with her girlfriends encouraging her to have one last fling puts her in the path of sweet, sexy Shay. When they bump into each other after her surgery, will he ever want her again?I can't even imagine having to make such a drastic decision like this for myself. Thea's character felt so real to me. Her struggle with telling Shay, who was a self-professed "boob man" is very emotional and her internal dialogue is heartfelt and relatable. Goodbye to You is funny and insightful when it's called for, while being serious and dramatic at the same time. It's the best of both worlds, really.This is a standalone, no cliffhanger and also the first book of a new series. ~ Erin, 4.5 stars

  • Birgit Seibold
    2019-04-22 15:21

    Sensitive Subject, But A MUST READ!!!This is my first book from AJ Matthews, but absoutely not my last.WOW, what a toughtful and wellwritten plotline. Cancer and mastectomy are in my humble opinion a bit uncomfortable subjects for a romance novella, but you will love this story. You can feel all the emotions Thea runs through. When she tries to putShay out of her life more than one times with some really nasty remarks - You know what, he didn't run to the hills. I love him, now searchingfor my Shay. BTW, the story is sometimes really hot and steamy.So go ahead and grab the book, a cup of hot coffee, and enjoy your readingas much as I did.

  • Amber Hodges
    2019-03-24 22:24

    Thea is getting a double mastectomy. She is heading to Key West for a vacation with her friends to find a last minute fling before her "girls" are removed. Little did she know that she would run into Shay, the one guy that puts stars in her eyes when they kiss. She thinks pushing him away is what is best, but is that really the best thing??This book is not what I expected. I clicked on the tour and thought the book sounded interesting, but one thing that is not mentioned is that this has a decent amount of sex scenes in it. It is pretty detailed in the foreplay area, but tapers off when the actual sex is involved. Some books over do it with the sex or make it not seem realistic but this one does it just right. I didn't feel awkward while reading it, even next to my boyfriend.This book changes points of views between Shay and Thea. I enjoyed being able to read one character and then flip over to be in the other point of view as well. It was an effective way to get to know both characters for who they really are. You get to see when they are happy as well as when they are sad.A little less than half of the book is set in Key West, that is where it starts. After Thea goes home and Shay ends up at Med School, it ends up in North Carolina. I like that there wasn't too much running around in the books so you could spend more time getting the details of where they were at the time.Thea is a great character. She seems like a really nice girl, even when she makes decisions that aren't always the best. Unlike most characters in other books, Thea's mood swings make sense and don't make you hate her. The mood changes make you feel sorry for her and want to help her through her decision as well. I really enjoyed reading her side and following her through the days before as well as after her surgery.Shay was wonderful. I have a friend that is a dark haired Irishman as well, so I was able to picture Shay very well. Most people think Irish means they have red hair, but a lot of them have dark hair. Shay is one of those with dark hair and darker eyes. He was one that was easy to picture when you looked at him and easily could tell he was very good looking. Shay didn't see his looks for what they really were. He was very modest and quite a bit on the shy side. I loved his character. He was such a sweetheart through the whole thing no matter what Thea threw at him. I loved that. Even times he did make a mistake or two, he would realize it and go fix it. Shay won my heart and made me a big supporter of this book.This book deals a lot with medical issues from depression, autism, and breast cancer. Some issues come from Shay's side of the family and the other comes from Thea's side. It was nice to have terms in this book that were more scientific but were explained so you were able to understand what the terms meant. I felt like I learned something as I read the book which was a big plus for me.This book was so well rounded with no only love, but friendship, family, overcoming even the hardest things in life, as well as self acceptance. I love when there is so much involved in a book, that you feel the emotions from the book well after you done reading it. This is definitely a book that gave me a hangover. I didn't want it to end.The ending was wonderful. I hate when author's hint towards how the future will end up, but then nothing ever gets resolved at the end. You are left hanging with so many what if's that it makes the book not even worth all the time you put into it. This ending was fantastic. It wrapped up so nicely and put such a big smile on my face. It made me want to melt. I now can't wait for my own boyfriend to get home just so I can be held in his arms. I can honestly say I don't think I have read a book in a long time that has given me the level of happiness with the turn out as this one. She ended it perfectly. I have absolutely no complaints. I could keep reading about these two forever. I know this will be one book that will be going on my re-read shelf very soon. This is a book that I am so glad I was offered to review it, I wouldn't want to have missed out on a book this good.

  • Book Gannet
    2019-04-04 22:26

    3.5 Stars. I knew when I picked this book that it had the potential to be heartbreaking, I also sensed that it might occasionally border on infuriating. Luckily, it never quite reached the latter, but then it didn’t quite succeed with the former either.This book is about boobs. Truly. Thankfully not just about Shay staring at them when Thea first spots him across the bar, or her thrusting them out at every opportunity because she’s pretty proud of them. That does play a part, of course, but it’s also about the choices some women face when the genetic lottery means those same feminine attributes could lead to cancer and even death. Thea doesn’t have cancer, not yet, but her risk is high and she has no desire to go through what her mother and sister faced.What this book does brilliantly is make it clear that this decision is far from straightforward, that the procedure itself is not without pain and discomfort, and that even such a brave, well-considered decision is not without psychological repercussions. It’s more than just an image issue, but one to do with motherhood and sensations as well as scarring and femininity. I also had no idea just what women have to go through after surgery. It’s in areas like this that this book really shines.However, at some points the romantic angst was overdone – for me, anyway. I understand that Thea is stressed and not always thinking straight, but the way she assumed Shay would up and leave her for lying after that one conversation was kind of baffling. His father lied to him for years about his mother’s death, which understandably made him upset. It wasn’t at all obvious that that meant he Hates All Lies Forever! No one likes to be lied to, but I thought Thea getting all that from one comment was a bit of a stretch.As such, I also thought Shay’s indignant outburst fell flat. It also didn’t gel with the kind of character he’d been up to that point. That whole scene just didn’t work for me. It felt too contrived, there because there needed to be an emotional conflict rather than because it suited the characters themselves.I also felt the pacing of the book was a little unbalanced. The Keys section is sweet, but kind of slow, while the NC bit moves in jumps and jerks, with the romance being the main focus of the first half and then emotional issues dominating the second. Both sections have their good points, but I think I would have preferred a more even spread across the whole book.Having said that, the post-op scenes between Shay and Thea are just perfect and completely made this book for me. Thea is understandably all over the place emotionally throughout the book, wanting Shay but scared to let him in, pulling him close while pushing him away. She has her reasons, but they are annoying sometimes. As for Shay, he’s sweet and I liked him. He does some stupid things, but he’s also capable of apologising, which is always nice. However, I think I would have liked a bit more discussion about his own family issues. I also think he accepted things with Thea way too easily – I’m all for a supportive partner, but the way he takes everything in his stride is just a touch too perfect.In all this is a good read that made me think, filled me with empathy and tugged a little on the heartstrings. In typical New Adult style it has plenty of over-the-top emotional moments, but it’s also filled with sweetness and a romance that grew far beyond instant-attraction. It never quite reached the emotional depths I expected, but it’s still far from your average romance – I’m definitely curious about book two.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-26 18:37

    Psychocat Reads Review of GOODBYE TO YOU by A.J. Matthews.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review).GOODBYE TO YOU found its way onto my To Be Read list a few months ago, so when tour sign ups opened, I jumped at the chance to read and review. When it popped up as the next book on the schedule, I actually put it off for a day. I was still in the throes of a rock star induced euphoria and knew I needed to let myself mentally change gears before tackling GOODBYE TO YOU.When I did start the book, the first night I made it about 7% of the book according to my Kindle app, not a stellar beginning. For some reason Thea just rubbed me the wrong way. The next day I considered that perhaps the frequent boobie references were just annoying me. Regardless, I picked it back up the second night to keep reading. This time, things shifted. The story found its groove, and I just kept reading. I finally made myself go to sleep, but finished off the last part of the book first thing the next morning. Alas, despite my rocky start with GOODBYE TO YOU, I truly hated to say goodbye to it.The Characters: It took me a few chapters to warm up to Thea, but when I did, I was very glad I stuck with her. While she irritated me very early on, as the book progressed she became a character I could cheer for and sympathize with. For anyone out there touched by the reality or threat of breast cancer, you'll likely relate to her struggles. Shay, on the other hand, was a character I liked from the start. Something about the awkward intro courtesy of his uncle just set him up well. AJ gave his character plenty of depth, and developed him as far more than a pretty face with a rockin' body.As for the secondary characters, while you don't spend a tremendous amount of time with any specific one, they all fulfill their purpose in the story, and are easy to keep straight. The Relationships: The relationship between Shay and Thea is great to follow. Helping to keep the story grounded in reality are their relationships with the friends and family that surround them. Whether it's the awkward moments with parents and siblings, or the teasing of friends, you see that Thea and Shay are both grounded in the world around them. Too Perfect or Perfectly Flawed: There were a few rare moments where I was like "aw, it's almost too good to be true," and then suddenly it wasn't. Yes, it is a very sweet romance story, but don't be fooled. AJ doesn't just let them get away with boy meets girl, they fall in love, and skip happily off into the sunset. If they want their HEA, these two are going to have to fight for it.Jen's Final Rating: 4.5 STARS! The difficulty I had connecting at the beginning keep it from being a full 5 for me, but this is definitely a book I recommend. Psychocat's Final Rating: She's off stalking Thea's sister's ex. She'll get back to us after the body is buried.

  • Colleen N
    2019-04-17 20:19

    Goodbye to You by AJ Matthews is the 1st in the Kelly’s of Key West Series. Thea is in Key West for one final fling, looking for a quick one night stand before she has to say goodbye to her breasts. When Thea’s mom is diagnosed with cancer and passes away, followed by her sister Jen being in the middle of cancer treatment, Thea is tested for the brca1 mutation. Unfortunately, it comes back positive and she makes the difficult decision to have a preventative double mastectomy. While on vacation what Thea doesn’t count on is that she will meet Shay Kelly, a boy she could fall in love with. They are immediately drawn to each other and begin spending all the days left of her vacation together. Since, Thea knows her intentions are not for anything serious she doesn’t feel it’s necessary to tell him about the impending surgery.Shay, has his own family struggles with a family history of severe mental illness. He is concerned that maybe it’s in his blood and one day he could just snap. He has also dealt with the death of a mother, although the circumstances were quite different than the death of Thea’s mom. They spend several days going on dates, talking, and getting to know each other. Shay, confesses to Thea that he was lied to for many years about what happened when his mom died and that his biggest pet peeve is being lied to.When Thea’s vacation is over she returns home and while on campus of the college waiting for her friend she hears a familiar voice asking for directions. She turns stunned to find Shay looking at her every bit as shocked. He is on campus attending classes for medical school. They decide to go out that night and soon discover a mutual love. Thea is struggling with how and when to tell Shay about her decision in regards to her breasts. Eventually the secret comes out in an unexpected and harsh way. Will Shay be able to forgive her for lying? Will Thea proceed with the surgery knowing she may lose more than her breasts? Will they make it through the lie, the surgery, and the effects of life after the possible surgery or will it be too much to overcome?AJ Matthews, writes about a very difficult and relevant subject. I was so moved that there was a romance novel that dealt with a real situation that many woman have to overcome. I thought that the author did a thorough job of knowing the facts and exploring the different emotions a woman would experience. At times I thought that the writing style was a little fast and choppy. I felt that at times it didn’t have enough description and that made it hard to read as an adult woman. I think that the writing style was more geared for that of a teen/young adult and would have liked a little more depth. However, that won’t stop me from reading the next in the series or any other works by AJ Matthews.

  • Alyssia
    2019-03-26 16:26

    *I received an ARC of this book from YA Bound Book Tours* Goodbye to You, I knew, was going to be a heart wrenching story and Matthews did not disappoint. I wasn't sobbing but I did have a few tears that fell and the ending it was did it for me.At first the book was a tad slow for me, not that I wanted to hurry and get to the steamy scenes, but that I wanted more time to learn about Thea and her love interest, Shay. I think their meet up went too fast, I wanted to hang out with them more, read about Thea laughing and Shay cracking jokes, just more romance time I guess, though the author had the romance perfect later on.Thea is a very spirited person, despite the problems she knows she has to face later on. I couldn't believe how calm she was about it all, goodness if I had boobs like she did (and goodness she had some boobs) I would be bawling my eyes out just thinking about the surgery. However Thea was a trooper about it all, she knew she had to undergo surgery, there was no hiding from it, it was life at its worst and she was going to fight it.Shay was a type of guy that I wish there were more of - loyal, good looking, smart, hot, honest, has a six pack (or 8 pack), has a beautiful face, adorable personality and dear God he is like an Adonis. In all seriousness Shay was almost too perfect to be real, I couldn't believe how laid back and cool he was. He didn't want to immediately tackle Thea out of her underwear, he wanted to but that's not the type of guy he was AND he even told her that. Ugh my heart cries for a man like him.We also learn that Shay is in medical school, for a very good reason that I don't want to say because it will spoil you, and I had many hypothesis about him being the person to do the surgery on Thea, or he was an intern to help out with procedure etc. etc. It sounds far off but I literally thought that was how he was going to find out.I was very pissed when Thea took forever to tell Shay about her surgery, he has proven over and over how loyal he can be and even his small gestures show he loves her as well. It broke my heart when he found out and how upset he was. But I also know that he is such a great guy he couldn't exactly leave, he had to know all the facts and he would eventually work it out, only proving how amazing he is.I was hoping throughout the whole book that maybe Thea's chances of cancer would miraculously disappear but the author shocked me by going through with Thea's surgery and I did cry a little. I was amazed by the aftermath of it all, I loved how the author took us through the procedures of aftercare and the road to recovery. It was heartbreaking and I couldn't have asked for a better ending.

  • Sophie (Blogger)
    2019-04-07 20:27

    Goodbye To You is a moving story that will make you think about life in a completely different way to before. Thea is having her last holiday with her best friends before she has a Double Mastectomy. Thea knows that this option will help in the long run, having already lost her mother to breast cancer and her own sister going through it now, she decide that this is the only way to deal with it. She knows that the process will not be easy but she is willing to sacrifice her happiness, just so she can still live. Although, what she didn't expect was him...Shay, a handsome, funny, charming man and a doctor in training as well, all she was looking for was a bit of no string fun until she met him. Everything changed that day and the days that followed, exploring Key West and each other, they both did something they never expected to do, fall in love. Shay has secrets of his own, secrets he has never talked about until he decides to tell Thea. He believes in fate, he knows that Thea is the one from the first moment he saw her across the bar and she only confirmed his theory when she doesn't treat him any differently after she find out the secret he has been harbouring for most of his life. Thea decides that she will make the most of the last few days in Key West before she leave the place she had loved to explore and man she had come to love behind determined not to tell him her secret. Although, things never do seem to work out the way you plan them. Especially since Thea runs into Shay after avoiding him for the last two months, she knows that once she reveals her secret she will lose him forever, but she can't help but hold on to that perfect man for just a little longer. I didn't know what to think after reading the blurb but it was an wonderful story full of sad moments and happy ones and about love and the secrets you keep from people you love just so you don't have to let them go. It shows a different side to love and how sometimes fate is there to give you a push in the right direction. Goodbye To You is a life changing story that will make you want to cry, laugh with the characters and make you truly understand how precious life is and it is who you spend it with that truly matters. With its love, loss, problems and drama, this book will make you realise that love is important and it is the ones that keep coming back, that truly love you not matter what. If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Heartbreaking, Amazing and Thoughtful.

  • T.H. Hernandez
    2019-04-18 19:40

    As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I was drawn to Thea’s story. It’s fresh twist on new adult romance, one with a darker core. Goodbye to You has one of the strongest opening chapters in the genre I’ve read in a long time. It hooks from the opening page. Thea and her friends head to the Florida Keys to squeeze in some hard partying before Thea undergoes a radical prophylactic mastectomy. This is not a decision any woman makes lightly and Thea approaches her decision with grace and humor, and possibly a little cynicism.PlotWhile on her party-til-you-drop trip, Thea meets Shay, who is too yummy for words and decides he’s the perfect boy to ride into her wild sunset. Because she’s sure once her boobs are gone, no guy will ever see her as sexy again. As a large-breasted girl, I can totally relate to your boobs being your “thing” so this really resonated with me.What should have just been a summer fling turns into something more when Shay happens to be attending the same college as Thea. Things become complicated, heartbreaking, and raw. While these characters are still teens, they are on the older side of the spectrum, but angst still runs strong through their veins as they make poor decisions, stupid mistakes, and try to backpedal through it all.CharactersI adore Thea. She’s witty, charming, and incredibly sweet, but she’s damaged and deeply flawed as a result. There are times I wanted to shake her for the idiotic things she does, but I always understood why she did said acts of stupidity. She has a deep and layered backstory that so perfectly shapes her character, that she is nearly a living, breathing person. Shay is not perfect, but he perfect for Thea. He puts up with a lot more than most guys would, but still manages to remain authentically a dude.Bottom LineDespite the dark underlying thread, this is a sweet romance with enough heat for the genre and solid characters. If you’re looking for something a little different in a contemporary new adult romance, give Goodbye to You a try.DisclaimerI was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Reviewsbypaige
    2019-04-13 17:18

    It’s not everyday that you come across a novel about a young woman who is scheduled for a double mastectomy, and reconstructive surgery in a few days, only to meet the man of her dreams one night in a bar. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, but AJ Matthews did a wonderful job. I wasn’t a fan of the main character, Thea until later on in the novel. AJ Matthews wrote the character of Thea very well, showing her as having accepted her fate at the beginning of the novel (almost writing her as unemotional about her upcoming surgery), but as she meets Shay and grows closer to him, she becomes less sure of her decision and anxious about how Shay is going to respond when he finds out. The reader follows Thea as she embarks on the emotional rollercoaster of having just started a new romantic relationship with Shay, while dealing with the secret she has worked so hard to hide from him. By the end of the novel, I adored both of the main characters. They had such a well-written chemistry that made them even more enjoyable. I thought Goodbye to You was a very sweet novel, AJ Matthews doesn’t overload the readers with too much of any particular genre, she gives them the perfect amount of many. Matthews finds a way to give the reader a lovely romance, tied together with lies, mystery, heartache and a sense of betrayal. I enjoyed this novel much more than I originally thought I would, which was a very pleasant surprise. On top of being a well-written novel, I felt that this story made me really think about not only myself, but also the people in my life and how we would react in some of the situations that some of the characters had to face. Goodbye to You is a lovely novel, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good love story that will make you think about more than you originally planned to.

  • Shayna Varadeaux
    2019-03-31 17:18

    I loved this book!Where do I begin?Let's start with the MC. Thea is a fabulous MC. She is dealing with alot of life altering stuff when her last hooray turns into so much more! I love all of the characters though Shay and Thea completely stole the show for me. I liked the moody and indecisiveness of Thea, it made her very human and real. I also liked that it was a gritty tale to tell and that nothing was sugar coated. Shay was a perfect fit for the story and he was well written.I LOVE the plot! I have lost so many people to cancer that I truly appreciate an author who is willing to bring light to such a tough subject matter. The whole preventative double mastectomy is a situation that most would fall apart facing and I think that Thea was brave that way but terrified at the same time. She was brave yet vulnerable. Her friends and family were excellently written as well. Shay's family was great too. I really loved experiencing all of the dates in Key West, you could just feel the connection between Thea and Shay, it was natural and not forced or overly reiterated that they were falling hard.The entire story was great and if I didn't have to do other things I would have completely zoned out to read this book until the very last page.I really, truly loved how it all unfolded and could totally see this as a movie. I love how it begins in Key West all whirlwind and then it gets amazing when they've gone back to real life and their paths cross again! Love, love that and everything in between. I don't want to give anything away but I do want to convey that if you like New Adult or if you haven't read it before this would be a great book to begin with!I recommend this book a thousand times over and I am so going to read it again when I get the time!

  • Sanaa☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    2019-04-14 16:22

    **I received an ARC via Netgalley for an honest review!**I enjoyed this book very much!Thea, the MC, has a good chance of getting cancer since it runs in the family. Her mother passed away from it & her sister is enduring chemo for breast cancer. She has preventative double mastectomy. To forget it all she goes to Key West for a few days with her best friends to forget it all and enjoy a few days before she goes in for the surgery that will take away her boobs from her. While there she meets Shay. Holy Jesus, He has to be the sweetest, kindest male character that I have ever had the pleasure reading about.He is pretty freaking fantastic throughout the book. He is on the way to becoming a doctor. What happened in his past is one of the few reasons that inspired him to go that route. He is doing his medical the same city where Thea lives. They had an amazing time in Key West. So when they meet again a month after the vacation, Shay is surprised. He asks her for one date, but it turns to so many more dates. And when he finds out that Thea was hiding something huge from him, man do I feel a little sorry for him because his family hid a lot from him and hehateslies. But I understand where she was coming from.It is a battle to live, be happy, find love, give forgiveness for everything that happened. So, overall this book was nice. It was a great love story.★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★ Visit my Blog & Facebook for more posts!

  • Shelley
    2019-04-19 15:19

    4.0 Sweet starsARC generously provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Thea lost her mom to breast cancer and now her sister is battling the same disease. She has tested positive for the gene and has made the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy. She has no regrets about her decision or second guessing. She will miss her girls but she is determined to have one more fling before the deed is one. So Thea and her girlfriends go on a one last fling trip. Her goal to meet a hot male and make the most of her girls while she still has them.Goal accomplished, Thea meets Shay Kelly. He is just what she needs, however she finds out he is one other thing, nice. He is a good guy determined to get to know her and spend time with her before her trip is over. Thea wanted a meaningless fling however she ends up falling for Shay instead. That is still okay because once the trip is over their lives will go their seperate ways and there is no reason for Shay to ever know about her surgery.Surprise, Thea finds herself come face to face with Shay when she finds out he is going to medical school where she is going to school. Now she cannot deny the connection between the two, however will he still feel that way when he finds out her secret.This is a story about a girl facing a hard life altering decision and dealing with all of the ramifications of that choice. I loved Thea and all the emotions she went through were what I am sure someone facing her fate would go through. I also loved Shay, accent and all. This is a fast paced love story but I totally bought into it.

  • Jen
    2019-04-12 18:27

    "Goodbye to You" by A.J. Matthews is the story of Thea, a college student who makes the decision to undergo preventive bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (aka double mastectomy), heads to Florida with her two closest friends for a summer of mindless fun before having the scheduled procedure. While there, she meets Shay, a good-looking guy who seems to be as attached to her boobs as she is. Shay's somewhat shy but is quite nice and the two of them begin what may have started as nothing more than a summer fling to actually something more meaningful.The story is an interesting one and while Thea may seem a tad more obsessed with her boobs than the average girl, she is facing life-altering surgery so I can fully understand how devastating the loss would be. The relationship between Shay and Thea gave me pause because while it does seem that the developed feelings for each other while in Florida, she doesn't tell him that they'll be in the same state after summer break. The whole postponement of telling Shay what was going on with her upcoming surgery was like a ticking time bomb and you kinda knew it was going to blow up in her face. I'm giving "Goodbye to You" 3.5 stars and rounding it off to four stars for Goodreads' purposes. This had an original idea and okay characters but the book did stumble at times.

  • Gabic Reads
    2019-04-11 16:25

    Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Goodbye to You Blog Tour.Goodbye to You isn't as intense as The Fault in Our Stars, but it is an amazing novel about making the tough decisions in life. Thea's mom died of breast cancer and her sister Jen is currently going through treatment. Since Thea tested positive for the breast cancer gene, she's decided to have a preventative double mastectomy. Shay is shy and has been focusing all his energy on getting into med school.Thea is strong and independent. She knows what she wants. She knows she never wants to put her friends and family through what she went through with her mother and Jen. Shay is often described as being shy particularly around girls, but I never felt like he actually was. None of his actions matche dup with that description and it bothered me.I wish the book had gone on longer, but I enjoyed the book at the length it was. Their adventures throughout Key West were cool. Shay is also so sweet. Their first date was so romantic.Goodbye to You is good for people who enjoy a fun romance with some seriousness woven in.

  • Sjf
    2019-04-16 20:28

    AJ Matthews is on my read any book she writes list after reading this book.Goodbye to You is a book about something that could happen to any of us. Thea as a college student who finds out that she tests positive for a breast cancer gene marker. She opts for a double mastectomy and it afraid of how she will be seen differently without her original breasts. The author captured the imagery of her emotions perfectly. I have had a couple of friends that face this same decision and the story parallels their journey and emotions.Thea takes a trip to Key West as a Summer fling and goodbye to her boobs adventure. She meets Shea and they have a fling and he can't keep his hands odd of her chest. She feels too insecure to let him know she is having surgery to remove them. She can't believe he would want her without them. To her surprise her also attending her college and going medical school there. Can she keep her secret from him?Shay is a character I immediately liked. He is truly a good guy with his own demons. He makes mistakes, but he is not intentionally mean or cruel...just as human as a fictional chartcter can be.The story is grounded in reality with real life angst, problems and fighting for happiness. I highly recommend Goodbye to You. It really made my emotions bleed and cheer through written word.

  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    2019-04-03 18:19

    BLOG TOUR ON:** I Received a copy from the author via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review**Can I just start by saying- I LOVE the cover! It’s just super pretty- I know, I know, don’t judge a book be its cover and all but it’s just one of my flaws!The synopsis, I must say, put me a little off. The first time you read it, you think that the narrator and the guy she meets are total *excuse my language* asses. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised when the characters in the book were NOTHING like them!Thea was strong, funny, pretty and most of all, realistic. I loved the way she was shown as someone headstrong, with her weak moments, brave but scared- everything, really, that made me like her!Shay, on the other hand, was simply BRILLIANT! He is sweet, smart and drool worthy! Moreover, he’s a ‘good’ guy. I’ve read loads on the bad boy that falls for the one girl with a) the tortured past or b) the innocent girl but Shay was different. SO, so, brilliantly different!While I was expecting something mediocre (think blurb once again) I got something spectacular. Goodbye to You was such a hard book to out down. I loved the way the author handled preventive cancer measures, and what losing your breasts really means.My Verdict:For all the TFIOS fans- and even for those who aren’t!

  • Amy
    2019-04-02 19:29

    3 stars!ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to love this book. When I read the describe toon, I thought this would be an emotional roller coaster. I liked it, just didn't love it. I am however very excited to read Mac's story. I've got that on my to read list.So, Thea has tested positive for a breast cancer gene, and has an 80% chance of one day getting breast cancer. It runs in her family, and she's seen first hand what it's done to her mother and sister, so she is choosing a preventive mastectomy. She takes a last Hoo rah trip with her friends to Key West to fully enjoy her breasts one last time and meets the shy guy at the bar. He's gorgeous and she almost instantly all in. Enter Shay! He's shy and doesn't quite know what to say to the ladies, but manages to get Thea's attention. They go on several dates and end up really hitting it off. They do their thing, and say goodbye at the end of Thea's vacation, but little does either of them know, he is a medical student at the same college she is at. It was a really cute story, and I enjoyed both characters. I just didn't quite get pulled into this book. 3 stars though! Thanks again for the ARC!

  • Heather
    2019-03-28 21:16

    I'm giving this book a 5 for several reasons. And these are in no particular order.1. Shay. I'm just saying. Yes, he's got the looks that we all love to drool over...oh maybe I'm the only one who actually drools...but he's also a good guy. In the book world of bad boys (which I also like to read sometimes) it's so nice and refreshing to read some honest to goodness good guys. Not that he's perfect by any means but what he does for her erases any moments of douchery. (Honestly. That's a word.)2. There were moments that I wanted to shake Thea. This happens for me in a lot of books, sometimes my own, but for Thea these moments were understandable. She was making a huge decision that would affect the entire rest of her life and change the way she looks at herself and the way others look at her. She's going to experience some not great moments especially after the surgery.3. Thea made me think. Given the situation I'd say I'd make the same decision as her but reading someone going through made me realize just how hard that would be. I would still do it though. Her worries were real, her reactions were real.I could list many more things about Goodbye to You but I think I'd end up getting spoilery. So read it for yourself.Also, I want to meet Liam the hotter brother. What?

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-31 19:37

    As the child of a breast cancer survivor, this book was a flashback to my mother dealing with her time with breast cancer. Thea has a family history of breast cancer with her mother and sister having faced it, and her mother losing the fight. Thea has been tested for the breast cancer gene, and found to have it at such a young age. Her decision to have a double mastectomy as a way not to get breast cancer is the whole premise of the book. On a trip to celebrate her last days before the life changing surgery. Thea and her two friends travel to Key West. There, she meets Shay, who has family issues of his own. Thea is looking for one last fling before her surgery. Thea’s decision is a hard one for someone her age, or any age. Reading about her decision to have surgery instead of waiting to see if she would ever have breast cancer should help anyone who faces this hard decision. I truly enjoyed Goodbye To You, and look forward to more from this author who has written about a tough issue.

  • Jenna
    2019-03-29 17:43

    I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review.Thea has decided to do a double mastectomy because she has a big risk at getting cancer. She already lost her mother and her sister is still fighting against it. She will enjoy herself and boobs for a last time before operating.But then she meets Shay is a great guy almost to perfect and instead off a fling they fall hard for each other.I could not get into this book from the start I disliked it starting with the instant love, Shay being too perfect and Thea driving me crazy with her thoughts. What is the big deal? He likes you, you like him talk to him about the operation instead of pushing him away he’s a med student for crying out loud.This book has the standard new adult feel, there are some good ones out there but you have to look really hard to find them.

  • Dee Price
    2019-03-24 14:30

    After losing her mother to breast cancer, and helping her sister recuperate from a lumpectomy, Thea decides to get her breasts removed when she is found to be at risk for the same disease. Thea travels to Key West before her surgery to say goodbye to "the girls" where she meets Shay and decides to have a summer fling. Although the two share a strong attraction to each other, Thea leaves Key West and Shay behind. But when Shay literally turns up at Thea's school, the two pick right up where they left off. While Shay shares the truth about his tortured past, fear keeps Thea from telling Shay the truth about her impending surgery. And while Shay is looking forward to a future with Thea, Thea's guilt threatens to push him away.It was refreshing to read a NA book that dealt with a serious topic in such a sensitive manner.

  • Sharon M.
    2019-04-20 17:45

    Thea is just looking for some fun and sex with no strings attached. Shay is home on holiday before starting medical school. What could be better?Shay is now living in the same town as Thea and wants more than just a fling. Thea has some decisions to make. She wants Shay in her life but, how can she tell him about her surgery and family history? Will she be able to open up and tell Shay everything?Thea is not the only one with secrets. Shay knows what he wants and he is willing to tell her about his family. One thing Shay cannot stand is lies. Will they be able to make it through what is to come?Read the has a wonderful storyline, an independent woman, and one fantastic man. It touches on subjects that are very seldom talked about but is very real to some women and their significant other.

  • Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
    2019-04-14 15:18

    I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I loved the way Goodbye to You started out with Thea and one last fling for her girls. It was a really fun way to introduce both Thea and Shay when most of the book revolved around the heavier subject of Thea's cancer prevention. Thea, while frustrating at times, really made me think about what I would do if I were in her situation. I thought A.J. Matthews did a great job showing all of the emotions someone would go through facing a preventative double mastectomy in her 20's. Shay was just...awesome. There couldn't have been a better hero for Thea. Overall, I enjoyed Goodbye to You and would suggest it to friends.

  • Teresa
    2019-03-26 19:44

    I got an arc copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. By looking at the cover of this book, I knew that it was something that I would be interested in reading. So I requested it on Netgalley.Once I started I couldn't get into the story. It started off really slow. I couldn't connect with the characters at all. It wasn't for me. I couldn't finish it because I couldn't get into it. It was also giving me a reading slump, and I didn't want to get into a reading slump because there are so many books that I need to read and review. So I am just not going to finish it. I can't. I'm sorry. It's just not working for me. I am not sure if I'll read the rest of the books in the series. Maybe when I get the other books finished, I'll probably get back into reading this book. :)

  • Sarah
    2019-03-25 20:32

    Thea meets Shay on her "Farewell to the Boobs Tour" in Key West, Florida. Due to her mother dying from cancer and her sister fighting cancer, she elected to have a double mastectomy. I appreciated the humor in this book, although a serious subject, I found myself laughing at the characters antics. There were plenty of teary eyed moments in this book as well. Ms. Matthews did a wonderful job conveying the emotions of the characters, there were times I wanted to just hug Thea and others when I wanted to shake her. One of my favorite things about the book is that Shay is the shy, smart guy who gets the girl. I look forward to reading Mac's story.