Saturday, September 26, 2009

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

Standiford, Natalie. How To Say Goodbye in Robot, 288 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2009. Language -R (16 swears, 10 “f”); Sexual Content - PG. On the first day of a new school, Beatrice (Bea) meets Jonah who is very pale and called “Ghost Boy.” Bea learns that Jonah’s mother and twin brother, with special needs, died in a car accident when he was in third grade. Jonah isn’t friendly, but he puts a sticker on Bea’s locker advertising a nighttime talk radio show. Bea calls the radio show and gives her name as “Robot Girl.” Bea and Jonah become friends. Jonah inadvertently answers a phone call for his father and discovers that his brother is alive. Bea and Jonah search to find him. The novel is stocked with high school cliché characters and one-dimensional parents; however, the two main characters are original and thought provoking. Several plot elements are predictable, but the end is definitely a surprise. HS – OPTIONAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.


Ms. Yingling said...

Really? Ten f words? Wow. For what reason? I am no longer looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the heads up.

Samantha Hastings said...

The "f" words don't really have a reason in the plot, although they are said by Jonah who is angry at his life. He speaks them as if they are common vocabulary among teens, which depending on the community they might be.