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How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
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Nov 03, 09

bookshelves: 2009, young_adult
Read in November, 2009

I thought this was a touching story… a little bit coming of age, a little bit romance. Bea has moved to a new town and is starting in a new school for her senior year of high school. Fate, the alphabet, and a shared affinity for late night radio call-in shows lead her to a tentative-at-first friendship with the Ghost Boy, Jonah, who has long been the misfit of the class. Bea is a bit of a misfit herself, not really interested in the usual teenaged girl things and saddled with a couple of parents that are far to involved with their own problems to really pay much attention to her. I really liked this story, though the ending is a bit bittersweet. I did have one problem with it…. I didn’t like how casual underaged drinking was in this book. I know that it happens, a lot, but I don’t think that a book that is marketed to young adults should treat it in such a "this is normal, everyone does it!" way. And though I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Baltimore, I don’t really believe that there are business establishments in this day and age where 17 year olds can waltz in and buy alcohol on a regular basis.
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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen SOUNDS GOOD JAIME. I agree about how treating that issue lightly is wrong. It should have been an issue. looks like a good read for the teen set.


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