How to Say Goodbye in Robot
By Natalie Standiford
December 1, 2010
Scholastic Paperbacks, 288 pages
Source: Chicago Public Library
From bestselling author Natalie Standiford, an amazing, touching story of two friends navigating the dark waters of their senior year.
New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?
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I met Natalie Standiford in May. We were in a crowd at the Scholastic bookstore in New York City, and my friend Carla goes "Look! It's Natalie!" We went over to her and introduced ourselves, and she didn't find us creepy in the least, which says a lot because Carla and I can be a little...enthusiastic.
Okay, back to the story. THIS BOOK. You guys, this book!!!!!
First off, please do not read this on an eReader. The print version was just gorgeous. From the type to the pink chapter covers...it was such a lovely, tactile reading experience.
This is clearly the work of a genius. From beginning to end, every little nuance is filled with pure quirkiness that's equally heartbreaking and hilarious. I don't digest heartbreak very well, but the quirk was so endearing and amusing that it went down a little easier than normal.
It's a love story, but not a romantic one. Bea and Ghost Boy are painfully platonic, but they love one another nonetheless. And as we all know, friendship can be the most complex of relationships. I highly recommend this thoughtful, witty look at some raw and very human emotions.