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Six Goodbyes We Never Said

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyon
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Wednesday Books
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Katie B
3.5 stars

This book might not be perfect, but that doesn't mean it isn't a special read. There are so many good, touching moments sprinkled throughout the story that I do recommend giving this one a look. The author managed to come up with something that felt unique in the YA genre.

Naima Rodriguez has anxiety issues, including OCD, and it's been difficult to keep things under control especially after the death of her father. Dew (yes, that's the name this teenage boy goes by) is also struggling a
Vidya Tiru
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Different books impact their readers in different ways; and each book impacts its readers in different ways as well. But some books have at least one (universal) appeal or a singular impact on their readers; and I do feel that this book is one such. The Book: Six Goodbyes We Never Said. The Impact: Tugging at heartstrings.

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Reviewer’s (well, my) Note
This review is a day later than intended. For one, I started reading it later than planned; and while I thought I could read it at break-ne
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed how it explored topics that tend to be under dealt with in the sphere of YA ( OCD, PTSD and losing a parent). I truly felt for the characters and I believe the author provided a genuine insight into who they were and did a good job building the two main characters.
But I feel like because of this the rest of the story fell away, and there wasn’t really a cohesive plot and other side characters were neglected. So at ti
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really felt drawn to this book due to the subject of mental illness. I struggle with anxiety and have since I was a young teen.

There were so many unique and touching moments in this book that I definitely recommend giving this book a try. I loved how the author had a personal note in the beginning of the book which automatically grabbed me right away. I feel so touched when the authors give us a glimpse of their lives and what gravitated Ganger to write this novel.

Ganger does a nice portrayal
Confidence grows when we step out of our comfort zone and do something different.

On my blog.

Rep: biracial Latinx mcs, bi/pan mc with OCD, anxiety & depression, mc with anxiety

CWs: discussions of past suicidal thoughts, panic attacks

I seem to have read an inordinate number of “it’s not you it’s me” books recently, because this is another one of those. I don’t know what it was about this book (most likely I was just in the wrong mood to be reading it), but I just didn’t click with it. So,
You can read this review and more about this book on my blog illbefinealonereads.

A huge thanks to Wednessay Books for the chance to be a part of this blog tour.

Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a very enjoyable and heartwarming read.
It tells a unique story, in a unique way. What’s offered aren’t characters that are easy to like, or even to digest, but they’re diverse, vividly placed on the page and so intriguing that I had to finish the book.
I loved the writing in the book. It didn’t have the typica
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
DNF at 45%

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I understand that Naima is grieving, but that doesn't excuse her behavior. Her OCD and GAD (as mentioned in the synopsis) are aspects of her life that she struggles with, but her treatment of Nell was inexcusable. Nell has been in her life for nearly a decade, obviously trying to
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read

Mental health, what does it mean? Is it a big issue, a small one? Is it real or tall tales? Even in this present enlightened day, despite awareness efforts and campaigns, a large majority still don’t place as much importance to it as they should. In small countries, mental disorders aren’t viewed as genuine or real or worse—they are viewed as a bid for attention. The people with these disorders are seen as being difficult. What so-called “normal people” don’t understand is those with disorders a
Patty Blount
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heart, this book!

I can't even find the words -- enough words, good words -- that adequately convey how impactful, how emotional, how amazing this book is.

Naima and Dew are teens forced to endure unspeakable losses. Both are orphans now living with people who love them, but don't always completely understand them, though they try -- oh, they try so hard. The story dives deep into mental illness including General Anxiety Disorder, OCD, depression, suicide, and the complexities of navigatin
It took everything in me to finally DNF this.
But as a Goodreads friends said "Life is too short to read books that don’t give you pleasure. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable" - PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

It's really really hard for me to not give a book (and many other things) soooo many chances. I probably only DNF'd like 2 books max in 2019.
But this is it.! 2020! The year of the DNF/No more 2nd, 3rd, 4th chances, and actually enjoying books and life.!
Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-arcs, 2019-read
Review coming soon
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I was really intrigued when I first got the offer to read the early copy of this book. Reading its synopsis, I knew this story is going to be challenging and hard-hitting. Six Goodbyes We Never Said started with a genuine note from the author herself, Candace, explaining why she wrote this story in the first place. Candace also used this note to include a list of potential trigger warnings. I really appreciated this gesture of her and hence, from its very first page, Si
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need to start by saying this is a new to me author, and I was completely blown away by everything this book had to offer. After reading the synopsis I knew this would be a book I was goin to love as long as I felt the representation of mental health illnesses lived up to my expectations. To say it did would be an understatement. The whole book is written with the utmost respect and I appreciated every aspect of it.

Naima was one of those characters that grew on me, at first I was just not into
Patty (IheartYA311)
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Endearing, real and earnest. Be ready to feel.
Born To Read
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is about two teenagers who have to face tragedies. And they have to struggle with the consequences. Dew has social anxiety. And Naima has some disorders combined: OCD(obsessive - compulsive disorder), GAD
( generalized anxiety disorder), PTSD(post-traumatic stress disorder).
I thought that this book would be ideal to hear those voices that we don't usually listen to. But, unfortunately, I couldn't connect with the stor
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Wednesday Books for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Six Goodbyes We Never Said
By: Candace Ganger

*REVIEW* 💔💔💔💔
This book, y'all. The author prefaces with a personal note about mental health which I found extremely relatable. It's something I've dealt with for the last decade, and my life has been changed by mental illness. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is the story of two teens struggling with grief and mental illness. Naima has lost her father to war and never kne
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID by Candace Ganger in exchange for my honest review.***


Namia, who suffers from OCD and GAD is mourning the loss of her marine father. Dew has PTSD which causes panic attacks and desperately wants to befriend his new neighbor, who wants nothing to do with him. If Namia can let down her guard enough to get to know Dew, they might just be able to help themselves.

Jennifer Holloway Jones
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was extremely well written and descriptive. Both Naima and Dew have experienced losses that make them face mental illness and issues. They are able to form a bond that helps them to overcome their pain together and to grow away from their issues. I loved both characters and their dialogues and the people in their lives. There is so much beautiful uniqueness throughout that tied me in and didn't let go. I have already pre-ordered this title and will be recommending this to everyone I kn ...more
Gae Polisner
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From my blurb:

"Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a knowing tour de force filled with crackling wit, pain, and mini, freeze-dried marshmallows. Original and funny, the best parts may be found in the small moments, especially Ganger’s hilarious, spot-on dialogue, as well as tucked within the brilliantly-placed parentheticals. All that a bowl of Lucky Charms. Or maybe six boxes."
Lorryn Woodward
I received a copy of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

CW: grief, suicide, self-harm, mental illness ( ocd, ptsd, anxiety, depression)

I started this back in September but I ended up setting it aside not because of the book I just mentally wasn't in the head space to read at all. I decided to pick it back up now since one of my 2020 goals is to get to my arcs and I did enjoy it when I originally started it. Guess what, I still enjoyed it. So much th
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger & inviting me to join this blog tour!

Confession? I barely wrote any notes on Six Goodbyes We Never Said, because I was too engrossed by the beautiful writing of Candace Ganger. #couldn’tbebothered.

With each word, sentence, paragraph, chapter — it’s clear just how much emotion Ganger put into her work. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a perfect #ownvoices read for those well-acquainted with OCD,
Apr 01, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020-dnfs
This was my first dnf of 2020, which was disappointing because I really wanted to love this book. I was so excited to hear that it had mental health representation, with one of the main characters having anxiety and OCD. Candace Ganger’s writing was good, and from the little I read I do believe she realistically portrayed what living with a mental illness is like. My main reason for dnf-ing this was because I really did not have any interest in the main storyline. It basically follows two teens, ...more
Sharon Carpenter
First of all, thank you Netgalley for allowing me early access to this book in exchange for my honest review. It's hard to for me to write this review. As I do, I've change from 2 stars to 3 several times. I think this story was a very clever way to highlight the struggles of several disorders, like OCD, and clinical depression, while also encountering the very difficult stages of grief as well as the struggles of fostering/adopting. I think what makes me not love this book is that it highlights ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Six Goodbyes We Never Said is an own-voices mental health story, following Naima & Drew, both having lost their parents and meeting… getting some help to say goodbye.

I thought this sounded like a very interesting and emotional read, sadly, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I found the writing and the delivering of the story confusing and detaching. The book had its moments, and the characters I liked, but how it was executed and told
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25/5⭐ Thank you netgalley for the eARC. review to come.
Mari Johnston
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: mental illness, suicide attempt, self-harm, death of parents

Filled with grief, messy emotions, and some incredible representation, Candace Ganger has woven a poetic story with Six Goodbyes We Never Said.

That’s the thing about absence – it sinks into your skin, clinging to the bone until it’s so much a part of you, you can no longer tell where it ends and you begin.

Naima and Dew are two of the most hea
Cyndi Becker
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Everyone needs that person. The one who sees you stuck between the minute and the hour hands of your most painful moments, and reaches out for you."

This is one of those books that sneaks up on you. I started it after a few intense reads and struggled a bit with connecting to Naima so I set it aside for a few days, took a breath, and restarted. And then BAM! I'm so glad I picked it back up on the weekend because once I restarted I couldn't put it down. This book took hold of me, took a piece of
Miki Mackennedy
Six Goodbyes We Never Said is the story of teens trying to navigate life after loss while figuring out what family and home mean in their new realities. This is no YA love story, it is a story of broken people trying to help each other hold it together and heal.

The author does a great job showing how a song can come to represent everything, how magical thinking can feel like the only “Safe” way to think and the rocky road we travel in our relationships.
The characters are embraced for their uni
John Clark
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It would be terribly easy to dislike and dismiss Naima right from the start of this book. It would also be equally easy to really like Dew from the moment you meet him. However, the longer you travel with these two very wounded teens, the more you realize how much alike they are at their core. She lost Mom before ever getting a chance to know her, then Dad remarried, but became almost as equally absent as Mom, until he was killed while serving his sixth tour in a war zone. No wonder Naima's a co ...more
April Harris
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Naima Rodriguez is a complex teenager learning to live with the recent loss of her father. Her family is encouraging her remember him for his sacrifice for country and how he was. Naima is trying but her OCD and GAD has different plans for coping. All she wants is to be left alone.
Dew Brinkman is still trying to deal with the death of his parents. All his grief has triggered several anxieties. Dew’s adoptive parents have tried everything to help him.
Will these two teenagers ever be able to ha
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Candace Ganger is a mother, blogger, Entertainment writer for Showbiz Cheat Sheet, and contributing writer for sites like Romper, Teen Vogue, TWLOHA, Bustle, XO Jane & Hello Giggles. She’s also an obsessive marathoner and continual worrier (yay!). Her debut YA novel, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH, is out now via St. Martin’s Griffin, and she’s part of a YA mental health anthology, LIFE ...more

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