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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Wednesday Books
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    Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

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    Luna
    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
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    Dylan
    Mar 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
    3/30/19:

    Hmm, as someone with OCD, I've found that non ownvoice stories about it tends to not be...great representation (as far as I know, this isn't ownvoices, do let me know if anyone knows otherwise), but I'm always hoping for more representation in media so I'm excited to check this one out!
    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.***

    4.5 STARS

    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.

    SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID drips voice
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    Booklover925
    Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    I won this book in a giveaway, thanks so much to the sponsor. I'm not sure how to review this one.
    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."
    Jessica
    Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it

    Thank you Netgalley for making reading this book possible. The cover and the synopsis really got me hooked. However, sad to say that this book doesn't have a good start, at least for me. The first half of the book was just a mess. I was confused with the writing style, with the format, the POVs. Everything was all over the place. I appreciate that the author was trying to highlight so many important and pertinent issues, especially mental health. Then, we also have how to cope with grief and los
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    Wendy
    May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    “Six Goodbyes We Never Said” is a fascinating look at two teens struggling to find normalcy in lives shattered by loss; Naima (Ima) Rodriguez the loss of her father, a fallen Marine and Andrew (Dew) Brickman with the sudden death of his parents.

    Already being treated for GAD an anxiety disorder and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) the death of her father sends Ima into a tailspin; unresponsive to overtures of sympathy and rejecting the help of loving family members. In comparison, Dew Brickman
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    Adriana
    May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: young-adult
    Really important note: Candace Ganger is very open about living with many of the same things that Dew and Naima do and she placed a very appropriate trigger warning in the beginning. Listen to it. Ganger is brilliant when it comes to writing things so that you're pulled into the story and feel things along with the characters. It was a bit detrimental in this case because I found myself having to walk away a couple of times due to the fact that her realistic and visceral descriptions of anxiety/ ...more
    Rebekah Gonzalez
    May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
    *Arc received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

    Stars: 2.5
    Loved the cover, loved the title, even loved a couple of the characters *cough Dew and Violet cough cough*, but did not love this book. The writing felt very disjointed to me, I did not care for one of the main characters (Naima), and the ending just didn't carry the weight that I thought it should given the subject matter. There was a lot about this book that confused me, and I am not sure that I liked the way that mental i
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    ♡B♡
    I won’t rate it just because I could not finish it.
    Once I started reading it, it didn’t take long before I felt like I just couldn’t follow for some reason. I was confused at some points as to who was who and why it would change from one person to another and there were other things that were put in that just didn’t make sense to me. I tried to finish. I got to about 41% in and just decided that I couldn’t.

    I really hope that others do not get confused or thrown off the way I did. Im sure there
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    Corlyn Riverside Reader
    Six Goodbyes We Never Said follows two teens dealing with the loss of their parents, while also dealing with mental health issues. The book uses alternating first person dialogue where the reader endures the nuances of OCD, anxiety and depression.
    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
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    Melissa
    May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was such a great book! So heartwarming!
    This book is about two teenagers trying to navigate through their grief and loss of their parents when they happen to cross paths.
    The two end up finding in each other a comfort and hope in what felt like a hole of never ending despair and anger.
    So many youth in this day and age suffer from mental illness in one form or another and I thought this book brought light to that!
    Great book great characters!!
    Thank you
    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
    Patrycja
    Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." This is one of the best YA novels about mental illness I have read.
    It left my heart heavy and sad, but also it gave a hope.
    It is beautiful, hard, witty, painful story of loss, of a friendship, of mental illness, depression, of trying to find acceptance, of trying to find a peace.
    This is deep, smart and powerful story. It must have been so hard for the author to write it. Because she
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    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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    Vanessa
    Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the ARC!
    This book was a lot different than I expected. Honestly, it's not really my kind of story. It's a good book, maybe I should give it another try later in the future. I just couldn't share these feelings with the characters right now.

    I really liked this quote, tho:
    “Equality isn’t a phase,” I’d challenge. “It’s a basic human right.”
    gwendalyn _books_
    Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Six Goodbyes We Never Said
    Candace Granger

    Namia -has OCD GAD and is suffering the loss of her father.
    Dew -has PTSD and is suffering the loss of both of his parents.
    This book takes a look at how differently we deal with grief and mental illnesses.
    Dew Desperately trying to reach out to his neighbor Namia. While Namia struggles with letting down her guard. This well written contemporary story will touch your heart in so many ways.
    I really enjoyed this book so much.
    Interesting and believable ch
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    Nicole
    Mar 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: netgalley-tbr
    Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Review to come soon!
    Amber
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    It took me a little while to untangle the threads of this book, but once I did, I thought it was wonderful.

    Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a story about grief and growth. Both characters have a mental health condition – Naima has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while Andrew “Dew” has PTSD. Both characters are orphans. Both characters are trying to process the loss of their parents. Candace Ganger opens up in the introduction to say that these mental healt
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    Christine (Purplemanatees)
    Title: Six Goodbyes We Never Said
    Author: Candace Ganger
    Pages: 416
    Genre: Slice of Life, Young Adult, Contemporary
    Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

    Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a story about real people. Ones who live with mental illness and who learn to live with it. We follow Naima, a sassy girl who will not be defined by her OCD. We follow along with her life and how she copes with her father's death. Our second character is the lovely Dew Brickman. After losing both his parents, he is slowly recovering
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    Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    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,” thou
    ...more
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    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,
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    Anne
    2.5 stars
    Naima's dad was a Marine. He kept signing up for more missions even after he was seriously injured and had promised her that each one would be his last. Her step-mom, Nell, tries hard to connect with Naima but Naima wants nothing to do with her and rejects Nell at every turn. Naima is so mad at her dad for his broken promises that she stops answering his phone calls and returns his letters unopened. Then, on her 17th birthday they get the news that he has been killed. (This is all back
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    Connie
    Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
    This book was provided to me via Netgalley from the publisher, with thanks to both. This has in no way influenced my review.

    Title: Six Goodbyes We Never Said
    Series: N/A
    Author: Candace Ganger
    Overall Rating: 3 stars

    Six Goodbyes We Never Said was a book that immediately drew my attention on Netgalley as I do like YA books that deal with mental health problems, but deal with them in the correct way. And although this book approached the subject matters really well, the character develop
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    Zoe  Ford
    Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    ***special thanks to netgalley and macmillian for the advanced copy of six goodbyes we never said in exchange for an honest review!**

    tw: suicide, anxiety, loss of a parent, ptsd

    so, i have super mixed feelings about this book, but i will start with the positives of it.

    positives:
    - there is an INSANE amount of mental health rep--and general rep--in here which makes me beyond happy. it shows grief, trauma, and so much more which is beyond important in ya.

    - it defeats the stigma of seeing a therap
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    Aashi
    Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
    I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

    Writing a book is hard. To have the persistence and the patience to sit down and finish writing a whole novel is commendable and I respect the author for that.

    But reading this book was simply painful for me. Firstly, I have a very big problem of an incorrect representation of mental health and this book was disappointing in this aspect. There were several parts that were just wrong. A major problem I had was the depi
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    Nicole
    May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc, 2019
    Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a YA novel of its own special sub. Definitely not a love story—the book focuses on two teens, Namia & Dew. Both teens have suffered major losses in their lives and are trying to navigate their new paths, while also struggling with mental health issues.

    I found some of the characters backgrounds of the novel to be heavy hitting in some aspects (Namia’s), but not fleshed out enough in the end. We’re given more information about Dew’s background, but I feel like hi
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    Victoria Bunce
    Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received a copy of SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

    FOUR stars and here’s why:

    The book is a #ownvoices for the author writes from wading in the trenches of living with mental health issues. I found the book beautifully written and hard to put down. Each person experiences life in their own unique way. The author portrayed two emotionally raw characters who are dealing with death and anxiety in different ways. I foun
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