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He Forgot to Say Goodbye

Written by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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He Forgot to Say Goodbye Synopsis

A heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. On the surface, Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove couldn't live more different lives. Ram is Mexican-American, lives in the poor section of town and is doing his best to keep his mother sane while his brother fights off a drug-induced coma. Jake is a WASP who drives a nice car, lives in a mansion and has a mother who drinks a bit too much and a step-father who cheats on her. But there is one point, one issue, where their lives are exactly the same; their fathers walked out on them when they were just young boys. And at this convergence, Ram and Jake see how everything in their lives is just a little bit similar, because they both blame everything that goes wrong on the one thing they actually have in common.

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He Forgot to Say Goodbye is a beautiful, powerfully moving story with three absolutely unforgettable teen characters. Saenz has done a remarkable job of creating two memorably idiosyncratic voices that just - well - detroyed me! Effen brilliant! - Michael Cart, former president of YALSA and ALAN Saenz's skill with language is such that it makes me as a reader slow down to savor the sentences...Many readers will see themselves in these two young men who manage to confront the demons in their lives and survive. - Teri Lesesne, professor, Sam Houston State University He Forgot to Say Goodbye is a story about what it is to become a man...I have, in fact, now spent a lot of quality time with Ramiro and Jake and can say that this one is right up there with my all-time favorite YAs. - Richie Partington, Richie's Picks

Book Information

ISBN: 9781416994343
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages

About Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Saenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He was the first Hispanic winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and a recipient of the American Book Award for his books for adults. He is the author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpre Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and its sequel, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World. His first novel for teens, Sammy ...

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