He Forgot to Say Goodbye

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

For Ages: 12 - 99
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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.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416994343 | 
  • September 2017 | 
  • Grades 7 and up | 
  • Lexile ® NC480
List Price £7.99

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Benjamin Alire Saenz
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Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an American Book Award-winning author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. His first novel for young adults, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second novel for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award and the Southwest Books Award (Border Regional Librarians Association) and was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. A former Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry, Sáenz is a professor in the creative writing department at University of Texas, El Paso.

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