The Goodbye Girls

The Goodbye Girls

by Lisa Harrington
  • fiction
  • for-girls
  • from-the-atlantic-canada
  • romance

The students at Lizzie’s high school are notoriously terrible at breakups. Forget awkward conversations — they’re dumping each other via text.

Inspired by the terrible breakups around her, sixteen-year-old Lizzie, strapped for cash and itching to go on the school’s band trip to NYC, teams up with her best friend, Willa, to create a genius business: personalized gift baskets — breakup baskets — sent from dumper to dumpee. The Goodbye Girls operate in secret, and business is booming. But it’s not long before someone begins sabotaging the fledgling company, sending impossibly cruel baskets to seemingly random targets, undermining everything Lizzie and Willa have built and jeopardizing their anonymity. Soon family, friendship, and a budding romance are on the line. Will Lizzie end up saying goodbye to the business for good?

A fun, quirky YA novel from Ann Connor Brimer Award–winning author Lisa Harrington (Live to Tell), The Goodbye Girls takes a frank and funny look at breakup culture and entrepreneurship gone oh-so-wrong.


Lisa Harrington, author

Lisa Harrington's novels include Twisted, shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's YA Book of the year, Live to Tell, winner of the White Pine, Ann Connor Brimer, and SYRCA Snow Willow Awards, and Rattled, published in 2010 to critical praise. Her work has also appeared in A Maritime Christmas. Lisa lives in Halifax with her family and puppy, Hermione. Visit Lisa online at


  • There is a lot to like about "The Goodbye Girls". It’s topical, doesn’t take any easy outs, and it’s a fast, unsentimental read — whether you’re in high school or just remember it well. - Quill & Quire

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Nimbus Publishing Ltd.



rights sold: Canada

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 13 and up

number of pages: 256

publication date: 04/26/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book