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Carver, Mars, Eli, and Blake were the best of friends, so when the latter three are killed in a single car accident, Carver’s life is shattered. Adding to his grief is a heavy dose of guilt: he was the one who sent the text Mars was responding to while driving, causing the fatal crash. On top of both crushing emotions, his complicity in the accident is being investigated in both official and unofficial capacities. But mixed in with those who want vengeance are people who want something entirely different from Carver: a Goodbye Day, i.e., one last day spent doing all their favorite things they used to do with the dearly departed, in a chance to say the farewell they never had. Carver is determined to give them what they want, to earn his redemption, to bring some closure to the town, and to move forward in his own life, if he can learn to let other people fill it.
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