Wednesday, September 18, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Six Goodbyes We Never Said By Candace Ganger #blogtour

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Six Goodbye We Never Said By Candace Ganger
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD
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.

I am a very character-driven reader, so for me liking the characters in a book is SUPER important to me. Even if I might think the plot is meh, if i like the characters, I am usually pretty forgiven. That's why I don't really think Six Goodbyes We Never Said was for me. I just never could connect with either Naima or Dew. Granted, I think they are very well-written teenagers going through grief, I just found Naima way too angry to like her and Dew was a little bit of a try-hard. 

I really appreciated tackling an issue in this book such as grief. Grief affects people in a lot of different ways, so I was really glad to see two characters deal with it in very different ways. Three, if we are counting Faith, who honestly, I was more interested in reading a book about. 

I do like that this really is NOT a romance. There are some inklings that there was maybe going to be a romance, and then it felt like maybe it was going there, but then it doesn't. I was really glad about that because there should be more YA that focuses on friendships. Especially ones between people of the opposite sex. 

I'm not sure about if the OCD stuff in this is accurate, as I don't have it or have a good understanding of it, but I felt like i could really understand some of the reason why Naima is the way she is.

If you like YA books that focus heavy on the hard issues, I would definitely recommend this one.

*I received an advanced reader copy by the publisher via Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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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.

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