Review: How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford

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How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

3 Stars

How To Say Goodbye In Robot is one of those books whose writing is really incredible and different and engaging…but the characters drive you nuts!

Bea is a girl who may not know how special she is and ends up dating a guy who is not good for her. Teen me can totally relate to this. I know all about dating the wrong guy. So many times I yelled at Bea to just let Jonah go. Don’t get me wrong he cared about her, but not enough to try and work past his many problems. Jonah had a lot of issues and I did not particularly like him very much.

Bea’s family life was less than ideal. Her parents also had a lot of issues. We couldn’t really tell the extent of these issues until further in the book, but right off the bat, you could tell something was off.

As for Bea herself, I liked her. I thought she was a great person with a huge heart and had a lot going for her. And even though she spends most of the book frustrating me, by the end she does wake up. In the end, I felt I could imagine her happy, in college, with great friends.

There are several other characters in this book that kind of lighten up the novel. They are from this call-in radio program Bea and Jonah listen to. Sometimes they were totally off the wall, but as I said, it lightened it up.

As I mentioned, the writing is really engaging and quirky, so you can be sure this book will have you turning page after page. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself upset for most of the book, even when you’re done. That’s how I felt, which is why my rating is in the middle. I say give it a go though. Maybe see if your library has it.

Book Info

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Published by Scholastic
Pub Date: October 1st 2009
Pages: 276
Format: Paperback | Source: Borrowed
Genres: ContemporaryYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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?

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “In no way is this your typical high school YA and I think that’s why I loved it so much.

Rachel @ Hello, Chelly – “It’s a very well-written original novel from start to finish.

Liz @ Elizziebooks – “I really liked how Bea was written, her character, how it just progressed throughout the novel.



Jess @ Gone with the Words

8 Responses to “Review: How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford”

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    I read another Standiford novel and really liked the writing which made me interested in checking out this book; will have to see if my library has it.

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    Hi! I’m so glad you read this… it does make you feel sort of melancholy throughout the whole thing. And I think I’m just a depressing kid cause I like that. The writing was awesome and I’ve been wanting to read Natalie’s other work for awhile now. :)

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    April Books & Wine

    I really like quirky books and How To Say Goodbye In Robot sounds great — especially as teen me dated dudes who totally weren’t good enough. I’ll have to see if my library has this!

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    John J.

    Absolutely adore this book – her book The Secrets of the Sullivan Sisters is really great, too, as well as her MG novel The Secret Tree. Standiford is quirky and her characters are real people; I love her.

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    I keep meaning to read this book and then I forget (overflowing TBR pile….) but it sounds so different that I’m just going to have to make time for it.

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    Megan@The Book Babe

    First off, I totally love your header. It is so gorgeous! But moving on.

    This book has been on my to-read list for a while, but I wasn’t sure about it. After reading your review, I think that I’ll probably like it, even if I totally feel like strangling Bea throughout the entire book… Sometimes you can’t help but love characters that you want to kill, right? (;

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    Well I do love me some robots (seriously, I LOVE robots) so initially that’s what drew me to this post but wow, it sounds nothing like what the title makes it seem like it should be about (don’t judge me for thinking it was a robot love story…okay, I guess you can judge). Honestly though, I may give this one a shot! I like quirky writing :)

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