10 January 2010

Title: How To Say Goodbye In Robot
Author: Natalie Standiford
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 288 Pages (October 1st 2009)
From: Amazon/Christmas Gift
Synopsis: New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?

Review: 4 Stars - Different, interesting, heartbreaking and wacky. This book has it all. Loved just how different it was from pretty much most of what I've been reading lately. The two main characters are both looking for things in their lives and find some of it within each other and the late night radio show they listen to. The other callers are varied and do help both Bea (Robot Girl) and Jonah (Ghost Boy) through things in each of their own quirky ways. It's an endearing story with heart and a love that's so different then the usual hearts and flowers kind. So be warned that though the book, story and characters make it a great read, it's far from the usual love story.

There were plenty of laugh out loud moments to even out all the serious ones, which seemed to fit together nicely with the plot and characters. I also loved just now not normal both our main characters were and how they were okay with that, not caring what others thought of them and their relationship. Each of our main characters, Bea and Jonah work throughout the story to mend the broken families they come from. This only draws them closer to each other as they figure out how to deal with the hardest parts within each of their home lives.

I read this book pretty much in one sitting and loved it more as i continued to read. If you haven't read it and like trying out something different, be sure to pick this up soon.

FTC Disclaimer: I DID pay (family paid for as it was a Christmas gift) for this book and have NOT been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review.

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  1. Awesome review! Yay, I just got this book from the library, so I'm glad its good! I love a book that can actually make you laugh :) I just found your blog through the IMM link and I'm really glad I did!

  2. Thanks! I hope you enjoy this book, as said in the review, it's very different which made me love it even more. Glad you found the blog and like it. A contest should be posted soon so keep an eye out. :o)

  3. While this was fun, there was some word choice that made it more of a high school book. Sigh.


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