Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford YP FIC STANDIFORD

Beatrice (Bea for short) is a robot, at least according to her increasingly erratic mother she is. Jonah is a ghost, if you believe all the taunts of his classmates. Soon they begin to bond over the air as listeners of the same old time radio show. Ghost Boy and Robot Girl become inseparable as they support each other as their families fall apart. But when Jonah’s family completely falls apart he begins to disappear completely and Robot Girl has to learn how to say goodbye.

This is a brilliant story with very well developed characters and dialogue that sparks. It’s very much a love story, but one based around a friendship instead of the usual Romantic Love. I love that the author makes Jonah so difficult to like, because as you read the novel and discover more about him you understand why he acts the way he does. It would have been easy to make Jonah more relatable, but the fact that he isn’t relatable is much more realistic given what he has been through and moves the story forward. This would be a great read for older readers, especially those that like Chick Lit. Fair warning: you may want some hankies before this book is through.

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