How to Say Goodbye

How to Say Goodbye

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by Amber Lin

"Amber Lin knocked it out of the park with this book, and definitely secured a place on my auto-buy list...The characters were flawed and beautiful, both of them haunted and sometimes trapped by their past. They were able to find joy and even love with each other." - Fictional Candy

She's here for the summer...

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"Amber Lin knocked it out of the park with this book, and definitely secured a place on my auto-buy list...The characters were flawed and beautiful, both of them haunted and sometimes trapped by their past. They were able to find joy and even love with each other." - Fictional Candy

She's here for the summer...

Amy has a secret: no one's ever held her hand. She doesn't even know how to hug. Everyone thinks she's smart, but straight A's are way easier than making friends. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.

He lives on the streets...

Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that's all he has. He's been on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. Then he meets Amy. Smart and accomplished, she's everything he's not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.

Except that means facing down his past--and that past might very well swallow them both.

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE is an emotional full-length new adult romance novel with an HEA and NO cliffhanger.

Other contemporary romance from Amber Lin
Chance of Rain
Three Nights with a Rock Star
Making Her Melt

"I loved the progression of their relationship and how they both find peace, in their own life and with each other. This one will stick with me for a while." - Smexy Books

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Editorial Reviews

Eskimo Princess Book Blog - Angela Scott
How to Say Goodbye is a sweet yet raw romance between Amy and Dane. If you are looking for something meaningful and sweet, with a touch of heat, this one is for you!
Old Victorian Quills - Sorcha O'Dowd
A stunning book. Written to perfection.

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How to Say Goodbye 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LovesAllThingsBooks More than 1 year ago
How to Say Goodbye was a very good read. The story flowed nicely and the characters were real enough to touch. This author pulled me into the book to the point I felt the rain on my face and smelled the ocean on the breeze. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, I recommend getting How to Say Goodbye. Amy grew up in sort of a dysfunctional family. She has never been touched and doesn't really know how to touch, how to respond to touch. She excels at school and works hard on her internship. Dane is living his life day to day, not looking for a relationship but then he meets Amy. There is something about her that draws him in. He sees something in her that he recognizes, something that he sees in himself. I would recommend this book for the mature audience.
jukelley More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. How to Say Goodbye by Amber Lin is the kind of book that takes you through a wide range of emotions. I was happy, sad, angry, and frustrated. I smiled, sighed, and cried. Ms. Lin does a terrific job of making you feel what the characters feel as well as feeling for them. My heart broke for Amy and Dane and the situations they lived in growing up as well as the situations they found themselves currently in. They both grew up alone and lonely; they just did it in different ways. Then, they find each other. How do you go from being alone and trusting no one to being in a relationship and expected to open yourself up and share everything? This story deals with the harsh reality of homelessness and the daily struggles that come with it…the things people have to do to survive. Dane’s reality is hard to read. The reason he finds himself alone and homeless is heartbreaking. Without saying too much, I will say, as a parent, it makes you stop and think. I loved the way that Ms. Lin wrote both Amy and Dane’s characters. I felt they were both very believable. I enjoyed watching Amy bloom as she learned what it felt like to love and be loved. I loved watching Dane learn to open up and trust Amy with who he really was and what he had been through. This was not an easy read for me. It wasn’t all happy and lovey-dovey. However, it was very sweet and moving in places. I loved Dane, and I loved how Amy approached everything with him. I loved the way Ms. Lin dealt with some very serious and hard to read issues. I’m glad I had the chance to read this story.
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
I loved Amy from the star, how she coped and developed into a strong-minded woman taking charge of her life finally ignoring her mother's oppressive personality that over reached into her day to day life despite the thousands of miles between them. And Dane, a young boy when he had homelessness thrust upon him, but confident enough to draw Amy out of her shell. Their friendship and attraction acting as a mutual watershed allowing them both to start to heal from their abandonment issues. This book started really strong for me but seemed to go flat beyond the halfway point. It had the potential of a five star storyline that you would catch glimpses of but that magical element that connects me as a reader to an unforgettable read just didn't quite happen. I would have preferred more time with them as a couple to be shown at the end rather than the over continuous chopping back and forth of indecisiveness. In spite of the issues I have with the pacing it is still a meaningful read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
OldVictorianQuill More than 1 year ago
Well wow! What a refreshing read! I honestly loved how unique this storyline was, with the characters and situations being so unlike any other that I have read in the ‘New Adult’ genre. Amber Lin has taken a brilliant concept and transferred it beautifully onto paper. The characters she created were real, broken and hopeful, everything that young people today feel on a regular basis. Amy and Dane were relatable characters, and were a brilliant example of how different stresses can cause different outcomes for some. Both Amy and Dane’s stories were different, but no less heartbreaking. For Dane, his emotional and physical scars come from a sexual abuse that he found the only way to escape from was to leave his life behind, whereas Amy’s issues come from a more neglectful past. Amy was a wonderful character and I loved seeing her development throughout the story. We see her at the beginning of the book desperate to make her own way in the world, to take a job not forced upon her by her mother, and her gift of seeing beauty in the smallest things, after years of coldness and neglect from her mother leaving her insecure. It was heart-warming to see her blossom through Dane’s love to become a confident and sometimes sassy young woman who spoke her mind, and fought for the things that meant the most to her. However, Dane was the character that stood out for me. I commend the author for her originality in having Dane being homeless not by circumstance, but by choice. It really got me thinking, and had me in the mindset of Dane, desperately trying to understand his reasoning for staying on the streets, when other options open up. His emotional scars were so deep and I felt my heart breaking for the internal pain he was suffering, and his desire to remain anonymous, just one in a crowd. The relationship that developed between Amy and Dane was a rocky one, and at times had me feeling unsure on behalf of Amy. I felt for Amy so much as she struggled to understand why Dane would become sarcastic and hollow in his words, and how she desperately tried to help him live up to the potential he had to be a great man. I felt bereft on Amy’s behalf when Dane tried to shut her out, doing so in a seemingly cruel way when he was doing so to keep Amy’s heart safe. The psychological scarring he had made me understand his actions a little more, even when I didn’t agree with them, and that really shows the talents of the author for having created such multi-dimensional characters that like with real people you can’t understand the reasons for their behaviour and actions until you can see into their mindsets as we do with the altering points of view. This story really is a beautiful and poignant one that I recommend to readers who like characters with layers and who have to fight their deep rooted instincts and fears to keep hold of the ones they love. 5 Stars! *Review copy was kindly provided by the author as part of the 'How to Say Goodbye' Blog Tour*