He Forgot to Say Goodbye

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He Forgot to Say Goodbye

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | June 17, 2008 | Hardcover

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"I mean, it''s not as if I want a father. I have a father. It''s just that I don''t know who he is or where he is. But I have one."

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don''t appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother''s shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.

San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: June 17, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416949631

ISBN - 13: 9781416949633

Appropriate for ages: 12

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He Forgot to Say Goodbye

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: June 17, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416949631

ISBN - 13: 9781416949633

About the Book

"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one."

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.

"San Antonio Express-News" wrote, "Benjamin Alire Saenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.

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ONE Me, Ramiro Lopez My mom says I need to stop and think about things. I think about things all the effen time. Think and think and think. You know, it''s not like all that thinking has gotten me places. Him Sometimes I think of him. And when I do, I start to draw a picture. Not a real picture. I''m not an artist, not even close. I just draw this picture in my head. Of him. My dad. It''s easier for me to draw a picture of what he looks like than to imagine his voice. I mean, I don''t know what he would sound like. He would use a lot of Spanish. But his voice, I don''t know, I just don''t know what words he''d use. He''d be angry, but that would just make him normal. A lot of fathers are like that -- especially fathers who''ve gone away. I think of their anger as a wind. And that wind took them away. From me. And all the others like me. So I draw a picture in my head. Of him. Not of his voice but of his face. He has dark eyes and thick, wavy hair that was once really black -- really black. But now his hair is more white than black because that''s how it goes when men get older. Their hair begins to get old too. That''s the way it is and there''s nothing we can do about it. And he has lines on his face, more from working out in the sun than from laughing. He doesn''t like to laugh. He looks tired because he''s had to work so hard. With his body, not with his mind, not like a teacher or a doctor or an insurance guy or a computer geek. You know, like construction. Working in con
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"I mean, it''s not as if I want a father. I have a father. It''s just that I don''t know who he is or where he is. But I have one."

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don''t appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother''s shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.

San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.

Editorial Reviews

"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

Appropriate for ages: 12

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