How to Say Goodbye in Robot


Title: How to Say Goodbye in Robot

Author: Natalie Standiford

Summary: Beatrice might be a robot. She isn’t as emotional as her mom, and often fantasizes about what it would be like to die – so she can dream about how cute guys would cry over her remains. When her family relocates again the summer before her senior year, she anticipates moving swiftly through another new  school without making real friends and finally leaving for college.

When Beatrice meets Jonah, a quiet, pale-skinned guy nicknamed ‘Ghost Boy’ by his snarky classmates, her world is forever changed. She and Jonah become inseparable – not boyfriend/girlfriend, but so close that the word ‘friend’ doesn’t seem  to describe it either. But there is a reason why Jonah is a ghost boy. As Beatrice finds herself becoming more girl than robot, she begins learn that sometimes no matter how hard you try to help, or how much you might love someone, you will have to say goodbye.

Who will like this book?: This deeply moving book is perfect for teens about to face the transition from high school to college. If you are the kind of person who others often ask ‘Why are you friends with them?,’ this is the book for you.

If you like this, try this: Paper Towns by John Green. For something very different, but sort of the same, read the wordless graphic novel Robot Dreams by Sara Varon.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian