Review: Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel

Title: Goodbye for Now
Author: Laurie Frankel
Published by Doubleday, August 7, 2012
Hardcover, 304 pages

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. Mining from all her correspondence—email, Facebook, Skype, texts—Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive. It’s not supernatural, it’s computer science.

Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help more people through their grief. And thus, the company RePose is born. The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good-bye, there is someone who can’t let go.

In the meantime, Sam and Meredith’s affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that once tasted, you can’t live without. But what if one of them suddenly had to? This entertaining novel, delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump in the throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life (both real and computer simulated). Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own. (From Goodreads)

I was lucky enough to win this book through Goodreads’ First Reads giveaways.

This isn’t normally the type of book I would read, and it’s definitely not one I would’ve bought for myself after reading the description. But I figured I might as well enter, since I liked the cover. No reason not to.

Anyway, even though this isn’t the type of book I’d normally read, I still liked it a lot. The characters all felt very realistic, and the story was interesting, especially after about halfway through. The first half of the book is basically given away in the description, but once I got past that, it didn’t take me long to finish because I started liking it more.

And then there was a twist that pretty much ripped my heart out. I had to put the book down for a while because I was kind of angry. But I like that the author was able to get me to feel something for these characters, because sometimes that doesn’t happen even when you really want it to.

I definitely recommend this book if it sounds at all interesting to you. Or if it doesn’t. It was a great story and it really makes you feel for the characters.