Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Say Goodbye in Robot

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Publication Date: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 276
Keywords: high school, radio, misfits
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Format Read: ARC
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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?
This was one of the weirdest, greatest, most poignant, honest books I've read in a while, and I'm confused as to why more people haven't picked it up. After Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner raved about it, I dug it out of my ARC stack (I got it so long ago and never got around to reading it) and read it in about a day. Actually, I read it on my ONLY spring break day that was sunny and warm enough to sit on the back porch. The other days it snowed. :(

I immediately loved it right at the beginning when Beatrice's mother called her a robot because she didn't cry over a dead gerbil (or hamster? I can't remember), so she bent over it and started pretending to grieve in robot. I LOVE THAT. Basically Beatrice was this odd, honest, real girl, and I want to be best friends with her. She dealt with moving a lot, had some family things going on she didn't quite understand, and she was very accepting of her friendship with Jonah (Ghost Boy) throughout the novel. I loved that she accepted things for what they were and didn't push anything to be something it wasn't. She wasn't dramatic or girly or whiny, she was just herself, and I praise Standiford for giving readers someone so cool to read about.

There were so many interesting pieces of this book, but one I loved most was the night radio show Jonah and Beatrice communicated through. At first, it was tentative, and they were hesitant to do it. But, as the book went on, they started meeting others who called in, and the set up of the show was amazing, just giving people who were lonely someone to talk to and somewhere to escape to for an hour each evening.

This book was SO WEIRD and SO WONDERFUL. I'm already recommending it to certain friends because I know they will absolutely adore it. And you all will, too!

Read When: This was a really good outdoor read. It was quirky and fun, and put me in such a happy mood about myself. So if you're down about anything, this was such a thoughtful book, it should put you in a better place.

On another note, I'm not a big fan of pink. Just, ew. BUT, I adore this cover. It's simple and quirky, and it fits so well with the whole feel of the book. And I'm a huge fan of the typeface as well. 

This was a picture I took because the supposed apocalypse is my birthday! Also, this is a dialogue of one of the callers of the radio show explaining where he'll be when the apocalypse happens.

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1 comment:

  1. "Weird and wonderful." Perfect way to describe it. I read this one a long time ago but I remember how effective it. Plus the copy (I borrowed mine from the library) was so beautiful. I loved the hot pink.


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