|Softly Say Goodbye by KC Sprayberry|
Erin Sellers, an eighteen-year-old high school senior, hates teen drinking. She and her three friends – Bill, her guy, Shari and Jake - decide to use Twitter to stop a group, the Kewl Krew, from using their high school as the local bar. But the members of this group are just as determined to stop anyone from messing up their fun. Despite veiled threats to her safety, Erin continues her crusade.
To make matters worse for her, the stress of school and extra curricular work mounts and suddenly, shockingly, booze-fuelled tragedy strikes. Erin is now under greater pressure as she spends all hours to produce a mural and other work to commemorate the death of a teen friend. Bill, Jake and Shari support her in all this...
But more tragedy lurks nearby… until it’s time to softly say goodbye.
KC Sprayberry juggles her writing between a son in the band, a loving husband, a reformed barn cat, and an excitable Black Lab puppy determined to play all day long. She lives in Northwest Georgia, and often uses local settings in her stories. Her first love in writing is for young adults, be it historical, contemporary, sci-fi, or fantasy, a short story or a full length novel.
I have to say that this is one of the best books for teens I've read in a long time! It's especially timely in dealing with the topic of teens and underage drinking. Too many young kids - roughly one out of every four - lose their lives in accidents pairing driving and drinking.
KC Sprayberry has written a book that speaks to young people in their language and tells it like it is. I'm having a hard time putting it down and wish I could read the whole book straight through. The only that keeps me patient is the fact that Kathi is a friend of mine and I had the privilege to read the whole book in first draft form. So I know what happens - I think! The final draft is proving to be so much richer and like a chocolate chip cookie crammed with details, descriptions and delicious bites of teen humor. If you know a teen who needs this message, or even one who might know other teens with a drinking problem - get the book asap! You won't regret it!