Book Review How to Say Goodbye

How To Say Goodbye by Amber Lin: Amy has a secret: no one’s ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everyone thinks she’s smart, but straight A's are way easier than making friends. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.

Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s been on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. Then he meets Amy. Smart and accomplished, she’s everything he’s not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.

Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both.

 I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

How to Say Goodbye by Amber Lin is the kind of book that takes you through a wide range of emotions. I was happy, sad, angry, and frustrated. I smiled, sighed, and cried. Ms. Lin does a terrific job of making you feel what the characters feel as well as feeling for them. My heart broke for Amy and Dane and the situations they lived in growing up as well as the situations they found themselves currently in. They both grew up alone and lonely; they just did it in different ways. Then, they find each other. How do you go from being alone and trusting no one to being in a relationship and expected to open yourself up and share everything?

This story deals with the harsh reality of homelessness and the daily struggles that come with it…the things people have to do to survive. Dane’s reality is hard to read. The reason he finds himself alone and homeless is heartbreaking. Without saying too much, I will say, as a parent, it makes you stop and think.

I loved the way that Ms. Lin wrote both Amy and Dane’s characters. I felt they were both very believable. I enjoyed watching Amy bloom as she learned what it felt like to love and be loved. I loved watching Dane learn to open up and trust Amy with who he really was and what he had been through.

This was not an easy read for me. It wasn’t all happy and lovey-dovey. However, it was very sweet and moving in places. I loved Dane, and I loved how Amy approached everything with him. I loved the way Ms. Lin dealt with some very serious and hard to read issues. I’m glad I had the chance to read this story.

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Lori L. Clark

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