Goodbye For Now: Review and Free Giveaway

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Release date: 2012 / 304 pages

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can’t get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate. Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr. and Ms. Right. When Meredith’s grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother.

Review:This novel should be sold in a plain white wrapper so potential readers will not be scared off by Frankel’s utterly original, yet possibly off-putting, premise.

Goodbye for Now begins as a sweet love story.  The protagonist, Sam Elling, creates an algorithm for his employer, a computer dating site, that bypasses the often inauthentic information clients offer and instead matches them according to the sum of every online interaction they have ever produced.  As a result, instead of matching people with who they think they want, users are matched with who they will truly love.  Unfortunately, this bit of genius coding gets Sam canned since his employer starts to lose money once the perfectly matched couples no longer have a need for computer matchmaking.  Fortunately, while beta-testing his creation on himself Sam finds Meredith, his one true love.

Early in their relationship, Meredith’s beloved grandmother dies and sparks an idea that revolutionizes how the bereaved in Seattle approach the grief process.  Sam realizes that since he can create a code that tracks users’ past internet interactions, he may be able to program a way to replicate communication with DLOs (dead loved ones) since so many conversations tend to follow certain patterns by covering common subjects — weather, health, job, sports.  What happens next is not only thought-provoking and a bit disturbing, but hilarious and well-intentioned.

Frankel’s second novel finds a way to translate the most painful aspects of mortality — losing loved ones — into a compelling and humorous look at how relationships have evolved in the age of the internet.

Thank you to Shelf Awareness for asking me to read and review this! Interested in a winning a free copy — leave me a comment!

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18 Responses to Goodbye For Now: Review and Free Giveaway

  1. Michael says:

    The lovely author is on twitter and is ever so polite about her books.

  2. Steve Vetter says:

    Sounds like a good book.

  3. Debbie says:

    This sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaways!

  4. Kate Z says:

    I keep coming across this book and just suggested it for our book club!

  5. Nadine Tatum says:

    I am drawn to books exploring the theme of grief and how we process it. It has been two years since I lost my beloved companion to kidney failure/heart disease and a cherished friend to suicide, and without my friends and my books (especially poetry and fiction), I don’t think I would have made it through. Books have definitely been a major part of my healing process, and I am now toying with the idea of forming a book club for those who are grieving. I’d love to have the chance to read and comment on this book

  6. pearl says:

    Wonderful book. Interesting and unique. thanks.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I keep hearing wonderful things about this book. Thanks for the review and for the opportunity to win a copy :)

  8. Lori says:

    This book sounds like something my book club would be very interested in reading. Would love to win a copy.

  9. Diane Castiglione says:

    Thank you for the great review. Sounds like a great read.
    Thank you for a chance to win it.

  10. Hira Hasnain says:

    First of all, thank you so much for the very frank, and honest, review. You are absolutely right, at first the premise of this novel seems….frivolous. As a reader, it made me think that it was nothing more than a book about a dating site but I can also see how this novel would be thought-provoking and endearing. And I’d be extremely grateful for a chance to read and review it. Thank you, again, for the review and the giveaway…

  11. MonaG says:

    I would definitely want to read this for its unique premise.
    Thanks :)

  12. Teralee ElBasri says:

    Hmm, sounds like an interesting read… thanks for the review!

  13. Linda says:

    It sounds like a book to get oneself lost in, an enjoyable read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Carl says:

    This sounds like a really fun read and the cover is terrific, don’t you think? I’d love to win a copy of Goodbye For Now. Please enter my name in the draw. Thanks!

  15. Barbara says:

    Love giveaways. I like the premise of the book. Not the same old same old.

  16. Elaine J says:

    Sounds most intriguing! From your review, I agree that good book club conversations could result from this original plot line. I’d love a copy!

  17. Tamara says:

    I would love to read this!

  18. Andrew Beck says:

    You’re right–the book should be sold in a plain white cover. The premise really didn’t appeal to me when I first read about the book last month. It didn’t seem like the book could be remotely interesting, moving, relatable, etc. I am glad for your review since it has now convinced me otherwise. It has made me genuinely want to read this book. So thanks–I guess that’s why you read, review and write! Consider yourself successful!

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