Thursday, September 19, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger. Thank you to Wednesday Books and Candace Ganger for letting me be a part of it. This book caught my eye and I knew I had to read it pronto.

Title: Six Goodbyes We Never Said
Author: Candace Ganger
Published by: Wednesday Books
Releases: September 24, 2019
Source: e-arc from Publisher through Netgalley

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: As soon as I saw the cute cover, I knew I wanted to read Six Goodbyes We Never Said. It just looked like such an interesting read.
This book covers some dark and heavy topics. It explores grief, mental illness, and friendship. It's a complex and interesting story that I really enjoyed. I'm glad I got the chance to read it.
I don't tend to reach for contemporary books all the time, I tend to go for sci-fi or fantasy, things that aren't exactly real. But it is always refreshing to pick up a good contemporary from time to time.
I'm not going to say that Six Goodbyes We Never Said is an accurate representation of specific types of mental illness, because I don't really know. From personal experience, I do have an uncle that struggles with mental illness and I see how stressful situations can be for him. I myself can't really judge this book on that aspect, but I do think it's a good stepping stone into discovering more about mental illness.
It also explores grief and how consuming that can be. It offers thoughts to really think about. I really enjoyed the writing for this book. Candace Ganger is one to watch. I also really liked going on a journey with Naima and Dew as they came together and helped each other.
I'm really glad I got to read Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger.
I received an e-arc of this for honest review from the publisher through Netgalley. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

A Little About Candace Ganger

Candace Ganger is a mother, blogger, Entertainment writer for Showbiz Cheat Sheet, and contributing writer for sites like Romper, Teen Vogue, TWLOHA, Bustle, XO Jane & Hello Giggles. She’s also an obsessive marathoner and continual worrier (yay!). Her debut YA novel, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH, is out now via St. Martin’s Griffin, and she’s part of a YA mental health anthology, LIFE INSIDE MY MIND, out now via S&S. Her forthcoming YA novel from St. Martin’s Wednesday Books, SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID, releases September 24, 2019.

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. Candace—aka—Candyland— has a severe** Milky Way latte addiction + eats way too many*** donuts/doughnuts but all things in excess, amiright?

FYI: She’s TOTALLY awkward in person (#sorrynotsorry).

*she was okay, at best.
**what counts as severe?
***don’t judge me

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger. Thanks to Wednesday Books and Candace Ganger for letting me be a part of such a fun tour. Be sure to check out the book when it releases September 24, 2019!!

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