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Goodbye for Now

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,285 Ratings  ·  527 Reviews
In the spirit of ONE DAY, comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the 21st century. Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can't get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate. Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the c
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 28, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
There is a difference between a book that is sad because it thoughtfully explores a sad topic and a book that feels emotionally manipulative because it just throws a lot sad events in your face and tells you how sad they are. Whether a book comes down to one of or the other is, I think, a matter of personal experience. It comes down to how much the book resonates with you and reflects the ways you've lived those sorts of sad things.

This one, to me, felt like it fell into the second camp. And I
Aug 08, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

What happens to us after we die is the province of religion and philosophy. The ones we leave behind go through an entirely different process, we grieve the loss. We mourn the hole that person has left in our lives; we heal the broken places, we eventually move past it.

But what happens when, out of a different kind of love, someone uses technology to short-circuit that grieving process? If you can stay in denial indefinitely, are you healed, or are you just
Oct 23, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
All the reviews were good so I decided to dive into this intriguing concept. I began this book curious to learn if technology really can ease the mourning process when a loved one or friend passes on. I came away with mixed feelings on the subject. It's certainly not for everyone. The choice to use a service such as Sam creates is as individual as we are. Mourning is a process, steps to being OK in the world without your beloved. Talking to a computer version of a treasured human being would app ...more
Katie Kenig
Sep 19, 2012 Katie Kenig rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
I loved this book, even if it did break my heart just a little.

Sam is a great computer programmer. So great, in fact, that he creates an algorithm for his workplace - a computer dating service - that actually lets people find their soulmates. And fast. He tests it, and finds his own soulmate, Meredith, who he falls hard for (and vice versa) from the first date. The only problem is, when everyone finds their soulmate right off the bat, the company collects no monthly membership fees. You see wher
Aug 06, 2012 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I cried, I honestly loved this book. Goodbye for Now is a truly unique novel that focuses on how we love, how we grieve and how we let go. Sam, a computer programmer, works for an online dating company and develops a program that can match people with their one true soul mate by looking at their true interests and honest online communication. Sam tests the program on himself and is matched up with Meredith, a woman who works just down the hall from him; their relationship quickly prov ...more
Jan 27, 2013 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Eh. Fascinating concept. Mediocre execution.

What would grieving for a deceased loved one be like if a computer could generate a sort of alter ego for the loved one, using all of the loved one's e-mails, video-chats, etc. to generate a facsimile of the loved one to communicate with you? Would that be a very good thing or a very bad thing?

This question lies at the heart of Goodbye for Now. Our protagonist, a computer geek named Sam, has shown himself to be brilliant at using computer programming t
Tamary Anderson
Jan 05, 2013 Tamary Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I loved this book... so glad that I got a chance to read it!

Sam is a computer programming nerd. He works for a online dating company and creates an algorithm to match people up with their one true soul mate. He uses it on himself first and finds Meredith. Turns out, the algorithm works TOO good: the company is losing money.

Sam is fired and when Meredith's beloved grandma died, he begins a new "job" = creating an algorithm to allow Mer
Dec 12, 2012 M rated it really liked it
3.5, to be totally honest, and more like a three. But I feel that a book like this needs to be viewed in two different ways - the what, and the how. The what here is awesome, the how not so much. I will therefore start with the what.

Many authors will tell you that their stories are often born about by a simple game of what if. What if a star pitcher broke his arm, what if the world began to freeze over, what if everyone died and one person remained? And now we have the big what if - what if afte
Allizabeth Collins
May 12, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it it was amazing

Sam Elling gets fired from an internet dating company after designing a ground-breaking algorithm that actually calculates a person's soul-mate. The problem? The software works too well, and after one date, prospective customers find the “one” and cancel their membership. Fortunately, that is how Sam meets Meredith – the girl of his dreams. But the couple hit a rough patch when Meredith's grandmother, Livvie, dies.

Meredith is inconsolable, her grandmother being one of the most inf
Larry Hoffer
Aug 22, 2012 Larry Hoffer rated it it was amazing
There are no words to describe how I'm feeling now that I've finished Laurie Frankel's hopeful and heartbreaking Goodbye for Now. I absolutely loved the book although it really affected me emotionally, and I'm also sad I'm done with it.

Sam Elling is an extremely intelligent computer programmer who works for an internet dating company. He creates an algorithm to find your perfect soul mate, and testing it out on himself, meets the love of his life, Meredith, who works for the same company. The ba
Kim McGee
Jul 21, 2012 Kim McGee rated it it was amazing
Saying goodbye is hard. So what if you didn't really have to. Sam is a computer programmer with a heart of gold. He develops a great program that helps you find your soul mate and it really works because Sam finds his in Meredith. After Meredith's beloved grandmother passes away Sam sees that Meredith isn't ready to let go so he develops another wonderful program that lets her share emails with her grandmother. This leads to another level and viola - they are in the business of talking with the ...more
Book Review & Giveaway: Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel had a book cover I couldn’t resist. It’s funny the things that draw you to a book cover, isn’t it. When I read the publisher’s description, I couldn’t figure out what link the story had to the cover but I was intrigued enough that I wanted to find out. I’m so glad I did! This is a story about love and loss, of relationships we hold dear, but with a unique twist that only social media and the internet could provide. It’s definitely goi ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it
This novel was very moving, but has such an unusual premise that I think many people will pass it by. It takes on issues of the role of technology in grieving. The fact that this is such an odd juxtaposition made it fascinating to me. In the story, emails and face chats the deceased left behind are used to help heal those who are grieving the loss. While reading this book, I found myself thinking a lot about my father, deceased since 1998. It wasn't that I wanted to communicate with him in the w ...more
Anna Janelle
Aug 19, 2012 Anna Janelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Gorgeous. Amusing. Extremely relevant. Heart-breaking and thought-provoking. Goodbye for Now is a book that will live on in readers' memories long after finishing the book.


I'm going to try and make the review of this book intentionally vague because it's a book that everyone should own, and hug, and cherish. Discover on their own. I really can't say HOW MUCH this book affected me given the current circumstances of my life. People die. That a given. But the people that are left behind, grieving t
Kelly Roll
Feb 08, 2013 Kelly Roll rated it liked it
Goodbye for now is well written and it certainly brings up a variety of questions regarding death. I appreciated the questions raised in the novel such as
How long should we try and hang onto our loved ones and how healthy really is it to keep revisiting a computer projection that can never change while we do?
Can technology used in this way really help with the grieving process and/or help people come to grips with unresolved issues?
Is social networking harmful in that it isolates – instead of ge
Jul 07, 2012 Grace rated it it was amazing
Author: Laurie Frankel
Title: Goodbye for Now
Description: Sam is a computer genius. He works for an online dating company and comes up with the perfect algorithm to allow people to find their soulmates. He uses it to find his—Meredith, who works in the same company. When he gets fired for costing his company business, he uses his skills to help Meredith get over the grief of losing her grandmother by writing an algorithm that will duplicate her online presence. When they decide to offer this serv
Jul 21, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book. I already know that this is one that will stay with me for a very long time.
Sam is a computer programmer who is fired from a dating service when the algorithm he's written to match people with their perfect mate works too well and starts losing the company business, but not before it's found him his own perfect match, Meredith. However, soon after, Meredith's grandmother dies and Sam invents an algorithm to bring her back, analyzing her electronic correspondence. The rami
Nov 10, 2012 Aja rated it did not like it
This was a NY Times editor's choice book and I have no clue why. Cliche, boring characters, a predictable storyline, plus a needless hot yoga sex scene I almost threw up while skimming through. OK idea, but poorly executed. And SPOILER ALERT, I cry at EVERYTHING so when you try to tug at my heartstrings with the death of a main character and I feel nothing, that is some really bad writing.
Dec 17, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book - so unique and thought-provoking. Sam, a software designer for a dating website, makes the perfect code that matches people with their soulmates. He tries it on himself and meets Meredith. They’re incredibly happy falling in love when Meredith’s grandmother dies. They were incredibly close, and Meredith is heartbroken. Sam tweaks his code from matching soulmates, to making it seem like the dead are still alive, at least via email. This is a great book, worth the read. It’s an ...more
May 30, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lara by: Book Brew
I thought this was really interesting! While I had a little trouble fully connecting to the characters (it's told in a way that's kind of distancing in my opinion), I still found the concept intriguing enough to suck me in, and I ended up going to bed really late last night so that I could finish it. It's definitely left me with some things to think about--like artificial intelligence, and the grieving process, and what my online legacy might be (in my post-death e-mails and texts I would probab ...more
Jun 13, 2016 Taaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam arbeitet als Programmierer für eine Dating-Website und schreibt den perfekten Algorithmus. Er findet heraus, was Menschen, abseits ihrer Angaben, wirklich wollen und wer entsprechend ihr perfekter Partner ist. Als Versuchskaninchen nimmt er sich selbst und tatsächlich, Sam findet seine wahre Liebe. Aber leider wird er auch gekündigt. Wie soll man denn Geld verdienen, wenn Kunden nach nur einem Date keinen weiteren Service brauchen?

Als aber die Oma seiner wahren Liebe stirbt, bietet sich ihn
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
'It wasn't a miracle. It was computer science.'

Sam Elling is a genius but lonely software engineer working, ironically, at an online dating company creating wondrous algorithms that will find you your soulmate. 'He cracked the code to your heart.' He runs the programme on himself and finds his match within the same company, Meredith Maxwell. His invention is so successful he is fired because it works too well! His next invention will change his life. Meredith suffers a loss and Sam has a compute
"Death is for Life". This concept becomes the driving force in this novel about computer geek Sam and matched-by-computer-dating-program soul mate Meredith. Don't roll your eyes and stop reading. The program is one written by Sam when he was employed by a computer dating service, which then got him Meredith, but got him fired, because the program was too good, and would cost the company too much in lost customers who found true mates. (Apparently the money to be made in computer dating is in uns ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Bonny rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audio
The premise of this 3.5 star book initially interested me; computer programmer Sam Elling creates an algorithm that matches people with their soul mates, but he is fired when it works too well. He uses it to meet his own perfect match, Meredith, but things begin to go awry when Meredith's grandmother dies. In an effort to ease Meredith's grief, Sam uses (misuses?) his programming ability to give Meredith the ability to electronically communicate with her dead grandmother. Sam and Meredith start ...more
Kelly Hager
Aug 01, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
Sam works for one of those internet dating sites as a computer programmer. He develops an algorithm that will let people find their soul mates. It's pretty awesome, really. He uses their emails and buying habits to see what they're actually like (vs. what they say they're like) and matches people up. It works really well---he uses it on himself and finds his own soul mate, Meredith; their relationship quickly takes off.

Unfortunately, it works a little TOO well and he ends up getting fired.

At aro
Paula J.
Nov 25, 2012 Paula J. rated it really liked it
Wonderful read on the nature of love and loss, told through Sam, a genius computer programmer, and Meredith, the love of his life. How many times have you heard, "I would give anything just to be able to talk with my departed loved one again?" After Sam creates a computer dating program that actually works perfectly to match prospective couples with their ideal mates, he and Meredith meet and fall madly in love. His employer realizes that his system's success will lead to the company's obsolesce ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Aug 18, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing

Computer programming genius Sam has written THE perfect script for his job at an internet dating site. The only problem: it is too perfect and threatens to put the company out of business since it can match you up with the love of your life with one try. He gets fired for this, but not before he tests it out on himself and finds his soul mate in Meredith, a marketing executive with the same firm. The love is perfectly intense and they quickly move into together. Mer
Jun 11, 2012 Dianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-winner
This is my first free book!!! Was excited to have won it and anxious to read it. As it turns out, was not disappointed.
As a self-proclaimed computer geek, Sam works for an internet dating company and still cannot get a date. Deciding to tweak the program, he develops one that matches people with their soul mates. He finds his perfect mate, Meredith. In the meantime, it works so well, the company loses the repeat customers that keeps them in business and he is fired.
When his girlfriend's grandm
Dec 16, 2012 Tori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Wow - what a thought-provoking novel! I sure can't do it justice in this brief review. I have recently been reading a number of books that have computer geeks as main characters (Reamde, Ready Player One, and this one) - and this is probably the trend of the foreseeable future. Computers impact so much of our lives, and, in some cases, overtake them.... anyway, this story is about Sam, a computer genius, who works for an online dating company. After figuring out with an algorithm for how to find ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
Sam is a very talented software engineer working for an online dating company when he is asked to create an algorithm that matches people with their perfect mate. He does so and is promptly fired because all of the company's profits were in people coming back for more dates. Before he was let go though, he tried it on himself and he meets his soul mate, Meredith.

Soon after they meet Meredith's beloved grandmother Livvie dies and she is bereft. Sam doesn't like seeing her that way so he puts his
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Laurie Frankel is the author of three novels, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS, GOODBYE FOR NOW, and THE ATLAS OF LOVE. She lives with her family on a very steep hill in Seattle, but she's a Marylander at heart. She is also a baseball fan, a soup maker, a theater lover, a yoga practicer, a comma expert, and a huge reader. Plus, she loves book clubs, so if you'd like her to visit or chat with yours, just s ...more
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“...ultimately, eventually, we let go. We do this not because we're ready. We do this not because we've mended. We do this not because we've mourned and come to terms and gotten over it and moved on. We never move on. We don't let go so much as lose our grip and fall because remembering is not enough..memory is imperfect. It is full of holes. It is more space than matter, like lace. It is at once sodden with sorrow and desiccated from lack of blood flow, the obvious result of a broken heart. It makes things up in hopeless attempts to comfort itself. It fills fissure with fantasy. It screws shut its eyes and balls up its fists and flings itself to the ground in a kicking, screaming, blind-rage temper tantrum against reality. But mostly,..memory keeps taking on more.” 11 likes
“Sometimes when I remember we aren't the same person, it shocks me.” 7 likes
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