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.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publish for an eARC of this book. I really enjoyed reading this Six Goodbye’s We Never Said by Candace Ganger. At first I got confused on how it was written and when it changed the point of views. I thought there were just typo’s happening but apparently it was the change of point of views. I liked the voicemail and email aspect to the book. I found it funny that Naima named her plant after her step mom. I loved how Namia was for Equality rights. There was a line I loved she said to another character, “Equality isn’t a phase,” I’d challenge. “It’s a basic human right.” – Naima I liked the way she said that. Six Goodbye’s We Never Said had a lot to do with grief for a couple of characters. I get that Naima was dealing with grief but I felt bad for how she treated Dew when he wanted a friend. There was a lot of other parts I liked but I don’t want to be too spoilery. I do recommend this book and think you should pick it up.