Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2011 book 53

Natalie Standiford's How to Say Goodbye in Robot
After reading a few too many disappointing books lately, I asked my Twitter people for book recommendations--books that satisfied them.* I just wanted to read something satisfying, dangit. Luckily the lovely Keri stepped up to let me know about the story of Robot Girl and Ghost Boy. Robot Girl Beatrice (not actually a robot) has just moved to Baltimore and is dreading her senior year of high school, but she befriends Ghost Boy/outcast Jonah (not actually a ghost), who introduces her to an insane late-night radio show populated with eccentrics (some lovable, some not so much). But when he finds out about a really big secret his father was keeping from him, things get a lot more complicated. Standiford completely veers away from the predictable and cliched with her characters, and manages to make a fully fleshed-out world full of heartbreaking and bittersweet moments for them. And yes, it satisfied me. Thanks, Keri. A/A-.

*If anyone reading this can recommend something that satisfied you, feel free.

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