by Whitney Fay and Collin Parker
When Chloe Patrick, the diva/terrorist-in-chief of her high school, meets her untimely demise while hanging Christmas decorations outside her Ohio house, her plans for the Class of 99’s 15-year reunion subsequently land in the laps of best friends Maggie and Rachel. Maggie Dolan is the over-achieving, gung-ho former class president who still lives a mile from the high school. Rachel Atkinson has spent the
past fifteen years distancing herself from everything about her teenage life, including the small town she deserted without ever looking back. Told in parallel storylines—one taking place in the glorious 1990s of Backstreet Boys, Varsity Blues, and scrunchies; the other in present day— Good Riddance uses humor and heart to remind us all about the power of friendship, the lure of lost love, and hell of high school. And that sometimes you actually can go home again (even when it’s the last thing you want to do).
“Aside from the early chatter on the event’s just-created Facebook page – ‘We are sexy! We are fine! We’re the class of ’99!’ – not much had been discussed about the reunion yet.”
“Chloe Patrick wasn’t just the school’s reigning terrorist-in-chief, she was also a diva in training.”
“Rachel and Maggie had to literally bite their tongues as the organist launched into a hymn-tastic version of Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ As Courtney and Chandler began their tone-deaf duet…”
“She doted on her daughter like she was some kind of blue ribbon pony, don’t you remember? She’s nuts.”
“You’re, like, an asshole 99% of the time and then act shocked when things don’t go your way. Jesus, I knew you were an asshole when you were five years old. FIVE, Chloe!”
This review could be accurate and complete with one sentence simply stating – This story was perfectly done… because it was. I adored this tale – beginning to end – as only a person who had endured their formative years in a tiny, petty, rural, inbred community with more than their share of untalented yet influential divas and mean girls could. This story with its humorous observations and uncanny insights was well paced, and had an excellent voice that resonated through me. I wanted to fist pump, leap from my chair, slam my kindle, and yell ‘YES!’ Okay, okay… I would never slam my beloved kindle… but I put that bit in there for dramatic emphasis.
I smiled, chortled, and barked my way through this delightful and unfailingly entertaining narrative. The characters were lovable, intriguing, quirky, fun, clever, and fully fleshed out. I loved their sweet and witty banter and felt as if I knew them so well I could recognize them on the street. The writing was crisp, clever, engrossing, and wickedly funny. The writers have aptly captured the energy, hopefulness, desperation, exasperation, shortsightedness, and arrogance of that confusing and exciting ‘coming of age period’ of high school. I could almost smell the pencil lead, sweat socks, acrid science lab chemicals, and rusting lockers.
About the Authors
Whitney is a 30-something mom living in Central Kentucky with her better half, Michael and her daughter, Evie Rose. She’s an avid reader, an even more avid movie watcher and loves nothing more than a well-placed pop culture reference.
She can smoke almost anyone (except her writing partner, Collin) at the game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and has an uncanny ability to recognize actors from their appearances in really bad made-for-tv movies.
Her lifelong dream was to be in the World Series of Pop Culture but it got canceled so she had to move on.
As for writing? Well, one fine day she and her buddy Collin Parker decided that a shared love of 80s pop culture and fond affinity for Google Chat was all they needed to take the leap and craft their first novel. And even though they live 900 miles apart (and have still never met in person) they did it. ‘Good Riddance’ was released in October 2015.
Collin is a marketing guy by day, a movie critic on the weekends, and a writer by night– with side dabbles into photography, cooking, and playing the piano. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two children.
One fine day he and his compadre Whitney Fay decided that a shared love of 80s pop culture and fond affinity for Google Chat was all they needed to take the leap and craft their first novel. And even though they live 900 miles apart (and have still never met in person) they did it. ‘Good Riddance’ was released in October 2015.