Hello, and welcome to the Six Goodbyes We Never Said blog tour! I am so excited to be a part of this tour, and I want to thank Wednesday Books for asking me to help host this tour. I enjoyed this book a lot, and I can’t wait to tell you my thoughts! Let’s get into it.
Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Granger, to be published September 24th, 2019 by Wednesday Books.
This is no love story; in fact, it’s not even really a “like” story.
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.
Author’s Note/Trigger Warnings:
Hello, dear reader.
I think it should be known that, while Six Goodbyes is a work of fiction, I share the many characteristics, fears, and pains, in both the delicacy of Dew, and the confused ferocity in Naima. Please let this brief note serve as a trigger warning in regards to mental illness; self-care is of the utmost importance. And while I hope Six Goodbyes provides insight for those who don’t empa- thize, or comfort for those that do, I also understand everyone reacts differently.Dew’s social anxiety is something I, and many others, struggle with. We carry on with our days and pretend it’s not as hard as it feels inside. Others can’t quite see how much it hurts but we so wish they could. Naima is the most visceral interpretation of all of my diagnosed disorders combined. Her obsessive-compulsive dis- order (OCD) and related tics, her intrusive thoughts, her utterly devastating and isolating depression, her generalized anxiety dis- order (GAD), which makes her so closed off from the world, and her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from losing the biggest portion of her identity—those are all pieces of me. Very big pieces. They don’t define me, but it would be misleading if I didn’t ad- mit they sometimes, mostly do. I’m imperfectly complicated like Naima. And though I’ve written extensively on both my mental illnesses and living biracial, between two worlds—never enough of one or the other; always only half of something and never whole or satiated—I often still feel misunderstood. Hopefully Dew and Naima’s stories will provide a little insight as to what it’s like inside their heads, and inside mine.
Both Dew and Naima want to hold on to the roots that have grounded them in their familiar, safe spaces. But once their meta- phorical trees are cut, and all the leaves shielding them from their pains have fallen and faded away, not even photosynthesis could bring them back to life. Those roots, Naima and Dew feel, will die off, and everything they had in their lives before will, too. There are many of you out there who feel the exact same way, but I assure you, Dew and Naima will find their way— they will grow new roots that flourish—and you, my darlings, will, too.
Thank you for reading, and may Six Goodbyes serve as per- mission to speak your truths—the good and the painful.
Here’s to another six airplanes for you to wish upon.
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.
This book is a lot to take in, but worth it in the end. It takes on some pretty heavy topics in a very straightforward and immersive manner, to the point of it almost being stressful which is a testament to the author’s writing skills.
In the beginning I think Naima is pretty unlikable. She is rude to everyone, but in the end I think she starts healing and getting better, especially when it came to her family. I loved Dew and his relationship with his sister. One thing that really stood out to me in their relationship was how careful he was about how he spoke around her, realizing how fragile she and her mental state were. He could be pretty all consuming at times, acting like he thinks he is above everyone because he really wanted to meet and get to know Naima, but I could mostly see where he was coming from. He was just a super sweet kid who tried to see the positive in everyone.
One think this book did well was Dew’s panic attacks. The one in the beginning of the book at the farmers market was so realistic, especially to the ones I’ve experienced. It could be triggering to some people, so please be aware while reading this book. I admire that she wrote the mental health issues so well. They were expressed so clearly, you can tell the author has either experienced these mental health problems, did extensive research, or both and I applaud her for it.
I enjoyed how this book threw two struggling teenagers together but didn’t have them hook up. I rarely see books with teenagers of the opposite sex who end up just as friends. It was refreshing.
I want to state that while this book was provided to me for an honest review, that in no way influenced my thoughts. Thank you, Wednesday Books/St. Martins Press! I am so happy to be a part of this blog tour!