Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival

Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival

In this brave and beautiful memoir, written with the raw honesty and devastating openness of The Glass Castle and The Liar?s Club, a woman chronicles how her marriage devolved from a love story into a shocking tale of abuse?examining the tenderness and violence entwined in the relationship, why she endured years of physical and emotional pain, and how she eventually broke In this brave and beautiful memoir, written with the raw honesty and devastating openness of The Glass Castle and The ...

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Title:Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival
Author:Kelly Sundberg
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Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival Reviews

  • Andrienne
    Mar 03, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This autobiography on domestic violence would be great for a class or training because it allows one to see the cycle of domestic violence where there are beatings, apologies, makeups, forgiveness... More importantly it shows the struggle of leaving. This novel does a great job of s...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

  • Renée Roehl
    Jul 07, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

  • Meagan
    Jul 17, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

  • Roxane
    Dec 23, 2017

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

  • Cheryl
    Jun 12, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

  • Jill
    May 22, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

  • Kelly Long
    Jun 11, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

  • Dawn
    Jun 17, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

  • Rebecca Thomas
    Jan 23, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 06, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

  • Jen
    Aug 02, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

  • Lou
    Jun 06, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

  • Sarah Beth
    May 09, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This autobiography on domestic violence would be great for a class or training because it allows one to see the cycle of domestic violence where there are beatings, apologies, makeups, forgiveness... More importantly it shows the struggle of leaving. This novel does a great job of s...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    Like many people, I was introduced to Kelly Sundberg?s work via her widely successful essay, It Will Look Like a Sunset. And like many people, I was absolutely blown away, not just because it?s a brilliant essay, but also in that it helped me understand my mother?s reasons for st...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

  • Brooke (Brooke's Books and Brews)
    Jun 24, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

  • Jane Eaton Hamilton
    Feb 21, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

  • Olivia
    Aug 09, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This autobiography on domestic violence would be great for a class or training because it allows one to see the cycle of domestic violence where there are beatings, apologies, makeups, forgiveness... More importantly it shows the struggle of leaving. This novel does a great job of s...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    Like many people, I was introduced to Kelly Sundberg?s work via her widely successful essay, It Will Look Like a Sunset. And like many people, I was absolutely blown away, not just because it?s a brilliant essay, but also in that it helped me understand my mother?s reasons for st...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    It wasn't the story. Kelly is amazing. She lived through, escaped, and has blossomed beyond a trauma that breaks the spirit and bodies of so many. I admire her courage in articulating to us and herself the truth about who she was during the course of her marriage and I'm glad to have r...

  • Neelam Babul
    Jul 24, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

  • Gina
    May 02, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

  • Karen
    Jun 18, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

  • Daniel
    Jul 09, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This autobiography on domestic violence would be great for a class or training because it allows one to see the cycle of domestic violence where there are beatings, apologies, makeups, forgiveness... More importantly it shows the struggle of leaving. This novel does a great job of s...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    Like many people, I was introduced to Kelly Sundberg?s work via her widely successful essay, It Will Look Like a Sunset. And like many people, I was absolutely blown away, not just because it?s a brilliant essay, but also in that it helped me understand my mother?s reasons for st...

  • Brandi
    Jun 17, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This autobiography on domestic violence would be great for a class or training because it allows one to see the cycle of domestic violence where there are beatings, apologies, makeups, forgiveness... More importantly it shows the struggle of leaving. This novel does a great job of s...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    Like many people, I was introduced to Kelly Sundberg?s work via her widely successful essay, It Will Look Like a Sunset. And like many people, I was absolutely blown away, not just because it?s a brilliant essay, but also in that it helped me understand my mother?s reasons for st...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

  • Suzanne Ondrus
    Jul 19, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This autobiography on domestic violence would be great for a class or training because it allows one to see the cycle of domestic violence where there are beatings, apologies, makeups, forgiveness... More importantly it shows the struggle of leaving. This novel does a great job of s...

  • Renee
    May 26, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

  • Marika
    Oct 29, 2017

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

  • Bamboozlepig
    Aug 15, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    I?ve already passed on my copy to be passed on again, and I?ll eventually keep another on my shelf, but it will be difficult. I have seen how many eloquent reviews have been written for this book, and you should read those because they?re true. This book will be oft-recommended a...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This autobiography on domestic violence would be great for a class or training because it allows one to see the cycle of domestic violence where there are beatings, apologies, makeups, forgiveness... More importantly it shows the struggle of leaving. This novel does a great job of s...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    Like many people, I was introduced to Kelly Sundberg?s work via her widely successful essay, It Will Look Like a Sunset. And like many people, I was absolutely blown away, not just because it?s a brilliant essay, but also in that it helped me understand my mother?s reasons for st...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    It wasn't the story. Kelly is amazing. She lived through, escaped, and has blossomed beyond a trauma that breaks the spirit and bodies of so many. I admire her courage in articulating to us and herself the truth about who she was during the course of her marriage and I'm glad to have r...

    For all that was said in this book, a lot was left unsaid. Sundberg kept hinting at family secrets on her side of the family and on Caleb's side, but she never actually got into those secrets. She kept claiming her mom was a bad mom, yet I didn't see any solid example of what made her ...

  • Donna Hines
    Jul 26, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

  • Kelly
    Mar 05, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

  • Barbara Senteney
    Apr 30, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

  • Michele Maro
    Jul 12, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

  • Taila Williams
    Jun 10, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    As most memoirs go, Goodbye Sweet Girl can be tough to read at times. Kelly Sundberg details her life, the beginning of her relationship, and their eventual descent into domestic abuse. The insight into why people choose to stay with their abusers and how they gather the courage to lea...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    It is commendable to write about brutality and suffering that one has endured in life at the hands of a loved one with such strength,honesty, generosity and admiration. In this gripping memoir, Kelly Sundberg talks of her about marriage and domestic violence that she experienced. I was...

    Kelly Sundberg had no idea her husband had two sides. One a sweet, loving supportive father to their son Reed the other a vengeful violent explosive persona. Her childhood was riddled with some interesting characters and power plays in Salmon Idaho. Salmon was well known for mormon's ...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I find it very difficult to review memoirs. These are stories of peoples? lives, their experiences and memories laid bare. That?s why I have thought for a while what to write about this book. Kelly Sundberg lays bare the story of her life, all of the ups and downs, the positives an...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...