Goodbye Earl: A Revenge Novel by Leesa Cross-Smith

Goodbye Earl: A Revenge Novel by Leesa Cross-Smith

Title: Goodbye Earl: A Revenge Novel
Author: Leesa Cross-Smith
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult)
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  400
Date of US Publication:  3 July, 2023
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

I’ll be completely honest - Southern fiction is generally not really my thing. I have read the occasional Southern novel that I’ve really enjoyed, but it’s not generally something I seek out. The synopsis for Goodbye Earl was intriguing and I decided that this was one Southern novel I wanted to read. 

Being completely honest again, I often read more than one book at a time in any given week. I was reading two other titles when I started this one, and by the time I was 15% of the way in, it was the only novel I was reading, because I didn’t want to put it down. 

Told in dual timelines, I really liked the low-key stress of the story arc, along with the character development, plot development, and enduring sister friend relationships. 

The novel proved to be just as intriguing as I’d hoped and I enjoyed it. 

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for the DRC!


Four women take fate into their own hands in this big-hearted story of friendship, resilience, and revenge on monstrous men, from the award-winning author of Half-Blown Rose. 

Taking inspiration from the infamous, empowering song, 
Goodbye Earl follows four best friends through two unforgettable summers, fifteen years apart.
In 2004, Rosemarie, Ada, Caroline, and Kasey are in their final days of high school and on the precipice of all the things teenagers look forward to when anything in life seems possible . . . from falling in love, to finding their dream jobs, to becoming who they were meant to be.
In 2019, Kasey has returned to her small Southern hometown of Goldie for the first time since high school—and she still hasn’t told even her closest friends the truth of what really happened that summer after graduation, or what made her leave so abruptly without looking back. Now reunited with her friends in Goldie for a wedding, she’s determined to focus on the simple joy of being together again. But when she notices troubling signs that one of them might be in danger, she is catapulted back to that fateful summer. This time, Kasey refuses to let the worst moments of her past define her; this time, she knows how to protect those she loves at all costs.
Uplifting, sharp-edged, and unapologetic, 
Goodbye Earl is a funeral for all the “Earls” out there—the abusive men who think they can get away with anything, but are wrong—and a celebration of enduring sisterhood.


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