SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID by Candace Ganger; on sale September 24, 2019
Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go
Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.
Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.
Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.
MY REVIEW- I loved this book, It came just at the time I needed something so full of emotion, and a realistic prose. I loved both Dew and Naima. They were such quirky, broken, and put back together characters. I loved that this book shed some light on mental illnesses that aren’t really spoken about in YA Lit. I really loved the passages with Naima’s dad’s voicemails to her, and Naima’s unsent emails. It was like an insight to their relationship. Dew was so quirky and I love the way he spoke to Naima and her family.
The back story to Naima and what happened to her father was so gut wrenching, I felt my heart breaking for her. As well as Dew and him losing his family. As a parent, that’s my biggest fear, leaving my kids early. The relationship between Dew and his parents. I loved his dad, and his words of wisdom. I also loved the character of Stella. She had such a kind warm heart, and I love the love that she had for the kids. I found the writing to be very heartfelt. This was such a fast paced read for me, and like I said above, I really just needed this one. I look forward to reading more books that Ganger puts out.
TRIGGER WARNINGS PTSD,SOCIAL ANXIETY, OCD, DEPRESSION, SUICIDE, MENTAL ILLNESS.
About the Author:
Candace Ganger is the author of Six Goodbyes We Never Said and The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash as well as a contributing writer for HelloGiggles and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. She lives in Ohio with her family.
Twitter: @candylandgang + @WednesdayBooks
Link to retailers: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250116246