Book Review: How To Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Quirky and creative Bea moves to a new school and becomes fast friends with Jonah, an outcast who everyone calls “Ghostboy.” They have a fabulous and artistic friendship together, but it turns out that Jonah has some really dark, messed up family stuff going on. I’m not going to say what it is (though I will say it’s not what you’re expecting). It starts to consume him, and Bea joins Jonah on the wild ride of trying to fix it. Meanwhile, Bea’s got her own family drama going on. And on top of all of that, they’re each navigating the worlds of high school hallways, parties, bars, and a nightly late-night call-in radio show.
I felt like a lot of really improbable things happened in this book, and that’s what kept me from falling in love with it. BUT, if you can take the somewhat fantastical events as they’re thrown at you (as I probably could have as a teenager– and this is a YA novel), you’ll get a well-written story where lots of really unique things happen. The story is different from others that I’ve read before, and is totally worth the couple hours that it will take you to get through it. Check it out!