I loved the characters - real and otherwise. Sam was a likable guy - like many "nerds" he was often overlooked as boyfriend material. Then he found Meredith. Because they were matched on how well their personalities would mesh rather than how they looked their romance was true. Meredith loved Sam for who he was, not how he looked. And it made for a great romance. Their relationship is the kind that everyone dreams of having. They were truly the perfect fit for each other. They complimented each other so nicely. Where Sam was an introvert Meredith was an extrovert and helped open Sam up. Where Meredith was emotional Sam helped her talk through things and look at the whole picture. If the story had just been about their love it would have been a great story. But there was so much more to this than just being a love story.
The book deals with a controversial issue, and regardless of which side you agree with I think it's a book worth reading. It really does deal with both sides of the issue - those that don't think it's right, and those that do. The premise of the story is that you can talk to your loved ones after they've passed if they have a decent amount of online activity to build on. For people who are grieving being able to talk to that loved one just one more time can be the closure they need to move on with their lives. And yet there are those people who keep the lines of communication going for quite a while. Those people who come in looking for communication with their loved ones really become an integral part of the story. They're sharing something so intimate with each other, and they really do become their own little family. As much as I liked the love story between Sam and Meredith seeing the changing dynamics between the people there to speak with their loved ones was a great addition to the story.
I've been seeing that the movie rights for this one have already been picked up. I think that's awesome. It was a great book and I think it will make an amazing movie. It was wonderfully written, and as long as the screen play doesn't take too many liberties with the story it will be a great movie.
The book is split into 3 parts, with the first part telling a story of how Sam came to meet Meredith and how they influenced so many lives. The second part deals with the implications of their invention, and the third part deals primarily with loss and closure. Although seemingly complicated at first, with frequent dialogue between the characters, the pace was just right. Frankel covers a lot of ground but it never felt rushed or too dull.
There are a few funny moments primarily found in the interaction between Sam and Meredith, specifically the funny couple moments. There are also plenty of sad events, and this is where Frankel really shines. She can make tragic or disheartening events feel so real because of excellent imagery. The one scene where Sam meets some children in the hospital where they have terminal cancer, Frankel described one child as crying and clutching to a worn yellow stuffed rabbit. The image of that worn out stuffed rabbit enhances the scene significantly.
Goodbye For Now raises so many thought-provoking questions in today’s social media age. Is chatting and emailing with a DLO (Departed Loved One) that much different from having purely electronic relationships with living people? Should RePose be used just for the short-term as a crutch in the grieving process? Or should it be used long-term as a means of honoring the DLO’s memory? Is using it long-term just prolonging the denial stage of grief – perhaps forever?
I’m not sure of the answer to any of these questions but I do know that I enjoyed this book immensely.
. If I'm not interested after a few pages I pass it off to someone else. But I did enjoy it and my girlfriends are now in the process of taking turns to read it.