How to say goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Beatrice and her family have moved from college town to college town, following her father’s academic career. It’s now her senior year and she is the new student in a small private school. Her mother has been acting wonky for a few months now. Beatrice’s apathy makes her wonder if she really is a robot, as her mother often calls her.
On the first day of school, Beatrice meets Jonas, called Ghost Boy by the rest of the school. The two develop an unusual relationship, due to Jonas being a social outcast, and Beatrice feeling as she should be one. The relationship becomes even more complicated when Jonas finds out that, unlike what his father had told him, his severely disabled twin brother was not killed in the automobile accident that also took their mother’s life. Jonas is determined to find Matthew and save him from the institutionalized life he has lived for the past ten years. In the background of this drama is the late-night radio talk show that Jonas and Beatrice listen to every night.
There is humor in this dark tale. During her breakdown, Bea’s mother is obsessed with chickens. That is enough to make one chuckle. As a general story, it was OK. I think I laughed more than I probably was suppose to, though.
There is little in this story that I believe. The quirky people are too quirky. The messed up people, too messed up. The list really could go on and on. I can’t see many teens reading this book, and the pink cover will keep it out of the hands of the majority of boys.
But…it did make me laugh.
I read this book for one of the book groups I attend.