Seven Reasons Not to Be Good : Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good opens with a cryptic postcard from Matt to his oldest friend, Zane. It's the opening move in a bid to save Zane's life. Zane is determined to die - for "good" - and Matt's heading home from Vancouver to Toronto to talk him out of it. Matt is also keen to make contact with his father before the old man disappears entirely into the colorful world of his own dementia. With Matt's marriage in tatters and his career as a movie critic gone sideways, it's clearly time for this trip, so he can save his friend, wave off his dad, and maybe find something of himself he lost long ago. In this piercingly funny and wise novel, John Gould treats mortality, morality and modernity with equal parts empathy and wit.