YA Sunday with Lisa Von D.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford , Scholastic. October 2009
Stunned? Is that anyway to review a book? Recently relocated from Ithaca to Baltimore where her dad, a professor got a new job, Beatrice is in her final year of high school.   Saddled with a mom, whose odd behavior seems to be getting worse and an absentee ambitious father, Beatrice navigates the social groups at school.  Her first person voice is believable as she finds herself becoming friends with the class outcast, Jonah AKA Ghost Boy, who is practiced at repelling most overtures. These characters got under my skin and although I turned some pages with anxiously, I could not put it down. Just when I thought, oh I know where this is going, the author gives a tiny deft twist, never sinking into an easy answer. I would be remiss if I didn’t  note this novel’s  strong sense of place as Beatrice and Jonah roam Baltimore and its environs.  Yes, I was stunned and ultimately satisfied by this complex portrait of a singular friendship.

Sorry guys, I don’t spend my weekends in the Hamptons, dining at the Barefoot Contessa’s home, like some in the book business. No, I’m at the other end of Long Island, in a resort community called Brooklyn, in the company of YA galleys.

This Sunday I was stunned by How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, coming in October from Scholastic.

“Stunned?” Is that any way to review a book?

Recently relocated from Ithaca to Baltimore where her dad, a professor got a new job, Beatrice is in her final year of high school.   Saddled with a mom, whose odd behavior seems to be getting worse and an absentee ambitious father, Beatrice navigates the social groups at school.  Her first person voice is believable as she finds herself becoming friends with the class outcast, Jonah aka “Ghost Boy,” who is practiced at repelling most overtures. These characters got under my skin and although I turned some pages with trepidation, I could not put it down. Just when I thought, oh I know where this is going, the author gives a tiny deft twist, never sinking into an easy answer. I would be remiss if I didn’t  note this novel’s  strong sense of place as Beatrice and Jonah roam Baltimore and its environs.

Yes, I was stunned and ultimately satisfied by this complex portrait of a singular friendship.

How To Say Goodbye In Robot
Natalie Standiford
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0545107083 / 9780545107082

One Response to “YA Sunday with Lisa Von D.”

  1. Lazygal Says:

    I started this while on line at BEA to get Catching Fire… liked it enough to hold off reading CF until I finished. Glad I wasn’t alone in my enjoyment!