Published: October 1st 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
I picked up this book randomly just because I knew of the author’s previous works. I loved all her books and I knew that at the very least I would get enjoyment from the book. I got way more than I expected.
The summary piqued my interest when it talked about Ghost Boy and Robot Girl. It sounded different from the usual high school drama and cheerleading clique books that I have seen in the past.
The cover itself made me think about what it was about even before I read the book. The contrast of the phone with the word robot. The hot pink with a hint of white. The fact that it didn’t really reveal anything.
How to Say Goodbye in Robot is about Bea, who gets forced to move to yet another new school where she has to meet another group of new students. She has done this so many times in the past that she has learned not to care, or get attached anymore in preparation for the next move. On her first day, she meets Anne, who is part of the popular crowd, and Jonah, a silent quiet boy who’s known as Ghost Boy. He’s sullen, doesn’t really like to talk and hasn’t had a friend in a really long time.
For a reason that no one can understand, he becomes friends with Bea. A journey like nothing before starts to slowly begin. Jonah starts opening up and Bea finds there is more than meets the eye behind Ghost Boy’s past.
I loved this book. As soon as I picked it up, I kept reading it every waking moment that I could to find out more about Robot Girl and Ghost Boy. The way that it was written and laid out really spoke out. The platonic friendship that Bea and Jonah shared made my heart ache. No matter what Bea did, it was never enough to get through but she was still there at the end to support him. The different chapter dividers with each month was a neat addition. Natalie Standiford’s writing is realistic, open and shows a new side of what is it like to be a teenager with the world crashing at your feet. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a thoughtful book.