Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

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?

How to Say Goodbye in Robot was brilliant. I would like to thank David Levithan for recommending this book at the author signing, without him recommending it I probably wouldn’t have discovered one of my favorite books this year. Natalie did a wonderful job writing this book. I normally don’t like books that don’t have at least a bit of romance in them, but Natalie wrote this book in such a way that I didn’t care that the two Main Characters were just friends and nothing more*.
Ghostboy was terribly sweet while still being mysterious. RobotGirl was pretty awesome too. One of my favorite things about this book is that the characters are common. They are realistic in the most lovely way. A lot of books are about the popular kid. This book was about the loner-ish people, the people who don’t have many friends, and the outcasts. Which, honestly, I can relate to**.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone, even adults. It shows that even the people who you may see and shy away from- are really cool people, and to just give them the time of day. I cannot wait to read another book by Natalie Standiford!

* I don’t read romance books or anything, but I DO love a good love story every once and awhile.
** Im not really a loner, I don’t think. It’s just that a lot of the time I like to be left alone. I think WAY to much… and I am just a quiet person.


Daisy Whitney said...

Did you win this at the book event? Sounds like a good one!

Khy said...

I want this book so BAD! Especially since it has the David seal of approval. xD

Fab review, Toast.

Kelsey said...

I've seen this at the bookstore but never really gave it the time of day. Now I think I should! Plus, if David Levithan likes it then it has to be amazing!

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