We’re giving away a copy of He Forgot to Say Goodbye (ages 12 and up)written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz-our featured novel for March’s book group meeting!! Check out the following review from Publishers Weekly:
Setting this wise and trenchant coming-of-age story in El Paso, Tex., Sáenz (Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood) alternates between two teenage narrators from very different backgrounds who nonetheless share the same disfiguring pain—their fathers walked out on them years ago. Soft-spoken Ramiro Lopez is the responsible son of a hardworking single mother, a role that intensifies when his bitter younger brother overdoses on heroin; Ram’s high school is next door to that of combative Jake Upthegrove, who’s disgusted with his mother and stepfather’s shallow, materialistic values. As the characters endure traumatic events…the author shows them developing redemptive friendships—all the while preserving their highly individuated voices. The protagonists and their friends seem so real and earn the audience’s loyalty so legitimately that it will be hard for readers to part from them.
It looks like another interesting read–a great addition to any personal or classroom library! To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by February 22nd. Everyone who comments between January 26th and February 22nd will be entered in the drawing. If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.
Don’t forget, we also raffle off a copy of the following month’s featured novel at each book group meeting. So if you’re an Albuquerque local, join us for a chance to win!