He Forgot to Say Goodbye

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Benjamin Alire Saenz

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1416994343
  • ISBN 13: 9781416994343
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 105,943

Product description

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. A heartfelt novel from an award-winning author.

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By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010 4

This a novel about two young men. They seem to be opposites in many ways, yet they have in common the fact that they have never known their fathers.

Jake has had a very privileged upbringing. He really couldn't ask for more. Well, except for a father. His mom is remarried and her job is to make sure that she knows everything that's going on with Jake. It's to the point where it drives him crazy and they are constantly battling each other.

Ramiro has been poor all of his life. His mom has had to work hard as a single mother. He works, too, to help support their family. His little brother, Tito, is falling into a dangerous lifestyle. It's up to Ramiro to save him.

Though the boys have completely different lives, their paths do cross.

Can they get past their differences to find a common ground so they can help each other?

This novel revolves around the impact that an absent father can have on the life of a teenage boy.

Review quote

""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