Six Goodbyes We Never Said
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
"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."
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.”
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 ...more
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 ...more
Author: Candace Ganger
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 ...more
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
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, ...more
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 ...more
Title: Six Goodbyes We Never Said
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 ...more
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.
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more