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 requested Six Goodbyes We Never Said from Netgalley as it was about dealing with grief when a parent passes away.
Unfortunately, I found the writing very difficult to follow and I was very confused about who was who, and who they were. Additionally, sprinkled in between the chapters told in first-person, are other chapters which kicked my out of my reading flow as I didn’t understand how they fitted into the rest of the story.
It took me a while to get used to the ebook formatting! It took me a while to get used to it, and I have to admit that it did make me want to stop reading at times, because it was just so confusing.
The plot itself was interesting, and I definitely was invested in finding out how Dew and Naima would change over the course of the book.
This book wasn’t for me. However, I can see that it might appeal to other readers. My advise is to read a physical copy of the book, as the ebook format is not very readable.
Trigger warnings: death, trauma.
Have you read Six Goodbyes We Never Said?