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This book was very easy to read and the storyline was something I could relate to, being I grew up with alot of that culture It s a great read I was so pleasantly surprised by this book I wasn t sure what to expect and I ve been given so many similar books to review lately that I really wasn t looking forward to reading thisbut now I want to pass it on to almost everyone I knowThe book focuses on Meena, a typical Canadian teenager growing up within a very traditional Indian family and community As one of 6 sisters, there is a very strong interest in finding her an acceptable arranged marriage and embracing community values This includes being discouraged to have friends outside the community Meena struggles with these ideals and finds herself drawn into a friendship with a white boy named Liam Liam s family is broken and they are able to relate to the breakdown in family communication and rifts between generations Throughout the story, Meena ages and fights to find her own way in the world without causing irreparable damage within her family Some avoided, some not.I found myself absolutely sucked into Meena and the difficult choices facing her..This books was incredibly well written and I often repeated passages to myself just to try and hold on to their beautyThis was such an unexpected treateven with the heartbreak, it s so well worth it.. First off, I won this book on Goodreads First Reads On the back cover of this book, the novel is described as heartwrenching That is certainly the case This novel is like bitter, expensive chocolate It is rich, decadent, but not 100% enjoyable Don t get me wrong, I couldn t put this book down The writing is the best I ve read in a while and I m always fascinated by books that explore cultural divides However, this book is a bumpy ride and the lives of the main characters are filled with sadness and misfortune I kept yearning for Meena to find happiness but that was too seldom the case.The ending of the book no spoilers really threw me It isn t my style but I begrudgingly accept where the author went with the plot Overall, this book was a standout first novel, really well written. I had trouble falling asleep after finishing this book last night I read most of it this weekend because I couldn t leave it I immediately felt attached to young Meena and even Liam and Meena s mother in her sorrow and perseverance I saw my own hopefulness in Meena, yet hopelessness I rooted for her the whole book, rejoicing in her victories The narrative flows perfectly never saying too much and always just enough It is heartbreaking to experience, to finish, to not be reading any I will be watching for Basran s name.It was lovely, and you don t have to be Indian or Canadian to love it I am neither I love Jhumpa Lahiri and Indian culture, so I just clicked to request it on Library Thing s Early Reviewers I received an ARC, but noticed only one typo I read through tears about half the time though, so I could be mistaken Without spoiling anything, a few gems There is no life but the one at hand p.126 life is about depth The greater your happiness, the deeper your sorrow I asked her if it worked the other way if my sorrow was deep, would my happiness be great As we stood in each other s reflection, looking forward and back, she narrowed her eyes to a squinted stare For a moment I thought she saw me, and I knew she did when she answered Your disappointments dwell with your dreams p.134 Your disappointments dwell with your dreams p.134 Started out promising, but disappointed in the ensuing melodrama. This book was SO good Firstly, I would like to mention that, in compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads Now where to start The reason I wanted to read this book so bad wasnt because it was listed as a giveaway I am from Vancouver Island and born in Surrey BC Meena, our MC lived in North Delta which is close It s rare that I get to read a coming of age fiction novel from Canada, let alone pretty much right next door The fact that I thought it was awesome just made this the best book I ve read in 2012.This book is definitely a love story Not in the way I imagine most people would think of a fictional love story though No, this book was defnintely sad It broke me heart in places and it was so vivid to me that I felt like I was really experiencing who Meena was It was hard to remember that this book was ficticious even because it seemed so real to me It had too many unexpected twists and turns to make it not seem like ficiton, but the way Basran wrote Meena story and told us how she felt made me ache it felt so real.I really hope to see of Basran in the future It s been so long since I sat down and finished a book in two days Had I time, it would have only been one. Beautiful story The characters were really easy to relate too Sometimes the cultural references would be a bit confusing, but it was still an enjoyable read. This was an excellent first novel This book really speaks about racisim and sterotypes It helps to understand what ignorance still exists even today. Penguin Group Canada March 6, 2012 Trade Paperback ISBN 978 0 14 318257 3Story Description The youngest of six daughters raised by a widowed mother, Meena is a young Indo Canadian woman struggling to find her place in the world She knows that the freedom experienced by others is beyond her reach But unlike her older sisters, Meena refuses to accept a life dictated by tradition Against her mother s wishes, she falls for a young man named Liam who asks her to run away with him She must then make a painful choice one that will lead to stunning and irrevocable consequences.Heartbreaking and beautiful, Everything Was Good Bye is an unforgettable story about family, love, loss, and the struggle of living in two different cultural worlds My Review I loved the fact that this book was set in lower mainland British Columbia, Canada It s always great to see novels set in Canadian cities.Meena is a seventeen year old Indo Canadian and the youngest daughter of six who is struggling to find her place in the world She tries hard to adhere to the traditional values of her family but at the same time wants the freedom that other Canadian girls have Her mother is widowed and raising the girls on her own and doesn t want to disappoint her but faces some very difficult choices in her life that eventually lead to catastrophic consequences for everyone involved Meena s mother has a heavy burden as the only parent raising six daughters and trying to ensure that each daughter is successfully placed in acceptable arranged marriages Meena, of course, is included in this plan but it is not what she wants Meena deeply desires to have the freedom to choose her own husband but suffers inner turmoil in trying to be true to her mother and her rules, yet have the freedom to choose for herself and refuses to totally accept this role that is expected of her.At school she doesn t fit in, doesn t have any friends and is often mocked until she meets, Liam Liam is totally different from anyone she s met before as he appears to accept her for who she is Her mother absolutely forbids her from seeing Liam or even to be seen walking with him as she fears it will perpetuate rumours in their close knit Punjabi community, but Meena, wanting her freedom and to make her own choices, disobeys her mother s warnings Liam wants to run away to Toronto and asks Meena to go with him but she is torn between her family s traditions and rules and her desire to be and choose for herself She waits too long to make up her mind and when she decides to go, Liam has disappeared.Eventually Meena marries, Sunny, a successful lawyer and the son of a prominent Indo Canadian family but neither of them really loves the other and only marry to keep their parents happy and to keep with the tradition Feeling trapped in a marriage she doesn t want to be in, Meena concentrates on her career until she is invited to an art showing and runs into Liam whom she hasn t seen in years Now she must decide whether to stay true to her marriage and the expectations of her family, or follow her heart and do what she feels deeply within herself.I d love to tell you what Meena decides and what follows but it would spoil the entire book and I m not going to do that I will say, however, that my heart bled for Meena throughout the entire book and I absolutely despised Sunny but adored Liam who had always, always accepted Meena for who and what she was with no strings attached.The book had a superbly startling ending which I didn t see coming at all and left me literally in tears, sobbing as I continued to read and tears dripping on the pages I haven t stopped thinking about it since, it feels so real to me although the book is a work of fiction, I had come to befriend, from my side of the book, Meena and her troubled life Gurjinder Basran has done an exceptional job at writing Everything Was Good Bye and that title has meaning to me now that I ve completed the book It was the perfect choice for a title for this particular story.There is an interview with Gurjinder Basran at the end of the book as well as some discussion questions that will have you really thinking about and peeling away the layers of the story which gives you an added experience to tale I not only highly recommend this book but look forward, with anticipation, to further work by this author For a debut novel, it was a phenomenal piece of work and was short listed for.com s 2008 Breakthrough Novel Award. `Free Ebook ⇞ Everything Was Good-bye ☠ The Youngest Of Six Daughters Raised By A Widowed Mother, Meena Is A Young Woman Struggling To Find Her Place In The World Originally From India, Her Family Still Holds On To Many Old World Customs And Traditions That Seem Stifling To A Young North American Woman She Knows That The Freedom Experienced By Others Is Beyond Her Reach But Unlike Her Older Sisters, Meena Refuses To Accept A Life Dictated By Tradition Against Her Mother S Wishes, She Falls For A Young Man Named Liam Who Asks Her To Run Away With Him Meena Must Then Make A Painful Choice One That Will Lead To Stunning And Irrevocable ConsequencesHeartbreaking And Beautiful, Everything Was Good Bye Is An Unforgettable Story About Family, Love, And Loss, And The Struggle To Live In Two Different Cultural Worlds