Blog Tour: Six Goodbyes We Never Said


43178166Six Goodbyes We Never Said
By Candace Ganger
320 pages, expected publication September 24, 2019
Wednesday Books, St. Martin's Publishing Group

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Note: I received this book from the publisher to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

About the Book:

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.


The amazing characters in this story were what made me love this book so much! Naima and Dew both warmed my heart and I related to them and felt for them in so many ways.  One of my favorite characters was also JJ--Naima's grandmother. This book is a YA that deals with some HEAVY topics--SO MANY heavy topics--PTSD, grief, OCD, social name a few. There was so much going on with these characters that at times it was overwhelming (imagine how the characters felt!). I felt the book did have a bit of a slow pace at times but  I still really enjoyed it.

I loved the format of the book--the voicemails from Naima's dad, her poems, and Dew's "news"  headlines at the beginning of the chapters. I LOVED Dew's headlines. You root for and feel for these characters the whole book. I felt so connected to them throughout the story. The emotional and heavy at times, this book covers areas that so need to be written about and normalized.

My favorite quote from the book--the quote that made me just STOP and re-read it, and share it:

"If you want to count the time, start with now. It's all we're guaranteed. Now. Now. Now. Now. Now. Now."

About the Author:

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.


  1. This one might cut a little too close to home for me but it sounds fabulous. I'll keep it in mind for when I'm ready to read it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth


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