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"Two teens maneuver painful routes through profound grief as well as the complex quagmire of severe mental illness...
Ultimately hopeful, and readers will connect with the messy, visceral lives simmering on the page. Profoundly emotional
and truthful." - Kirkus
"With great empathy, Ganger alternates the protagonists' points of view, revealing the way Naima navigates her OCD,
anxiety and depression, and PTSD, and Dew handles his social anxiety amid their grief, loneliness, and sorrow. Through
the teens' humorously awkward gravitation toward each other, Ganger creates a heartfelt, convincing story about the
restorative power of self-care and friendship." - Publishers Weekly
"Naima is diagnosed by the author with obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress
disorder, while Dew is diagnosed with social anxiety. These issues are explored with humanizing examples that invite
empathy. Sure to be reassuring to those working their way through grief." - School Library Journal
"A no-filter story of living with loss, guilt, and mental illness. Naima and Dew are a mess of imperfections, and you’ll
want nothing more than for them to figure out how to be okay(ish) again." - Rebecca Barrow, author of This is What It
"Candace Ganger weaves a beautiful story of loss, grief and the struggle to move on in Six Goodbyes We Never Said. One
of the realest voices of our generation, Ganger infuses this story with relatable, flawed teens who must learn how to
cope in this world or be lost forever. I laughed and cried while reading and this book will stick with me for ages." -
Jessica Burkhart, editor of Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles
"Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a knowing tour de force filled with crackling wit, pain, and mini, freeze-dried
marshmallows. Original and funny, the best parts may be found in the small moments, especially Ganger’s hilarious,
spot-on dialogue, as well as tucked within the brilliantly-placed parentheticals. All that and a bowl of Lucky Charms.
Or maybe six boxes." - Gae Polisner, award-winning author of The Memory of Things and In Sight of Stars
"Pure, raw emotion. Naima and Dew broke my heart from the opening pages, with the intensity and honesty of their grief.
But it is how they come to heal―through family, unlikely but unconditional, connected by the wounded places in
themselves―that will stay with me. Ganger’s rendering of loss is complicated, unflinching, and ultimately beautiful." -
Jared Reck, author of A Short History of the Girl Next Door
"Candace Ganger’s heartbreakingly honest, raw story of two teens struggling with grief and mental illness in the wake of
incomprehensible loss is a moving testament to the power of human connection and forgiveness. Dew and Naima will stay in
your heart long after the final page." - Robin Reul, author of My Kind of Crazy
"Naima and Dew show such ferocious tenacity as they fight their way through enormous, all-consuming loss; I couldn't
help but love and root for them. Their story will break your heart and heal your soul." - Misa Sugiura, award-winning
author of It's Not Like It's a Secret
About the Author
CANDACE GANGER is the author of Six Goodbyes We Never Said and The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash as
well as a contributing writer for HelloGiggles and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer,
nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for
companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. She lives in Ohio with her family.