Author: Natalie Standiford
Published: Scholastic Press, 2009
Summary: New to town, Bea 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? (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Refreshing and different sums up my thoughts on How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford. However, I do have a lot more to say on this book because I absolutely loved it.
It’s not very often in the YA world I come across a book where the two characters of opposite sex are just friends and they stay that way. I loved Jonah and Bea’s relationship and I loved how it was so simple but still pretty complicated. They weren’t romantically involved and it just made their friendship that much stronger.
I think that How to Say Goodbye in Robot is a truly beautiful story. It’s written incredibly well and I loved reading every moment of it.
The story line is unique and the characters are really unique. I loved the radio show and it just added this whole other layer to the story that made it all the more enjoyable. I also cried reading this book. It was quite a sad book. Natalie Standiford does a great job at portraying emotions and really making you feel for the characters.
I loved How to Say Goodbye in Robot and I think that it’s a book that anyone who likes books about friendships should read. It is an amazing read and I will definitely be reading more by Natalie Standiford.