Review Detail

Young Adult Fiction 1269
Lovable yet discussing important problems
(Updated: April 08, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
The story starts of with Rhea in New York. If you read books about New York, you might have a slightly glamorized view of it. In How Many Letters are in Goodbye you will find a pretty true reflection of how New York can be. And Rhea knows all about a hard life. Yes, let me tell you this: there's never been a character who had more bad things happening to her than Rhea had. She didn't have the odds in her favor. Yvonne Cassidy really created a tortured teen. In the novel, you get introduced to Rhea's past through the letters she's writing to her dead mother. She always used to do that with her father, until one day, he forbade her to do it. And now he's dead too. I told you, right? Rhea's life is hard. But that's not all. No way. When Rhea was younger, she had an accident which resulted into loosing her arm. This girl has bad things happening to her all the time. And now she's living with an evil stepsister and abusive uncle all the while she's struggling with her sexuality. This novel covers all the subjects.

While I liked the story, which was at some point a little hard to believe (guess that's something I have to get over already), I couldn't get emotionally involved with the book. I mean: all these bad things happening to her made me feel bad for her. I felt sorry. But that's it, nothing more. The book didn't 100% touch me. But that's okay. I loved reading about New York and all the places you can eat cheap. I was quite scared for Rhea at nights she couldn't find a place to sleep. But that is realistic when you don't have a home or money to pay for a place to sleep. Even though sometimes I raised my eyebrow, I found myself believing it at the end.

Rhea as a character was okay. She went through a lot but I wouldn't call her trustworthy. But what kind of a person would you be if both your parents are dead, you miss part of your arm and your uncle is abusive. Also, you stepsister is the meanest girl on the planet. That was also why she decided to go to New York: her mom used to live there. She wants to know more about her mother, but she also wants to leave her life behind and start new. A subject I'd love to read more about.

The writing style was good: it was a lovely read. Sometimes I wanted more action, but it's a contemporary novel, so I shouldn't expect buildings to blow up or anything. The story is interesting and the places, spaces and environments are described very imaginatively. I could see Rhea walking around New York in my head. It made me want to go to New York too. So except for some slow passages (which made the book hard to read at some points), I quite liked Yvonne's writing style. I'm curious to see what's next.

So overall the book was good, but it did not 100% live up to my expectations. I did like Rhea, even though I feel like I shouldn't like her because I experienced a couple of eye rolls as a reaction to her actions. The novel has a beautiful writing style and discusses accurate and important problems such as death, love (any kind), abuse, family and sexuality. If you enjoy reading contemporaries, you will surely like this book too! I did!
Good Points
- beautiful writing style
- important subjects
- great environment description
Report this review Was this review helpful to you? 0 0

Comments

Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
In 2001, audiences first met and fell in love with...
On the Come Up
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers...
Spin
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sixteen-year-old Paris Secord's (aka DJ ParSec) career--and life--has come to...
Leah on the Offbeat
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best...
The Brightsiders
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out,...
IMG_4918.jpg
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The black X of the Aramach Rebels marks the...
City of Beasts
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
"If you see a beast, and you have the...
The Grace Year
 
5.0 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden....
The Fractured Empire
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Ceithren Empire is finally at peace, but for...
The Survival List
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sloane Weber is devastated when her older sister dies...
To Kill a Kingdom
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
This action-packed YA debut pits a deadly siren princess and...
Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy...
Kingdom of Souls
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay. The...
A Warm Friendship
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
"This heartwarming story deals with friendship, empathy, caring, nurturing and...
The Rift
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
As corporate greed is pitted against supernatural forces, two young...
Abraham Lincoln: The Making of America #3
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
The third installment of the Making of America series, Abraham...

Latest Member Reviews

A Warm Friendship
 
4.5
"A WARM FRIENDSHIP is a story of friendship and loss, celebrating the time that you have together. Squirrel finds Snowman..."
Hilda and the Mountain King (Hilda, #6)
 
5.0
"HILDA AND THE MOUNTAIN KING is an engaging and thrilling children's fantasy adventure. This graphic novel tells the story of..."
Good Night, Santa: A Magical Christmas Story
 
5.0
"GOOD NIGHT, SANTA is a simple but elegant book that celebrates the Christmas season, perfect for bedtime. The illustrations are..."
Jolly Jingly Christmas: The Best Christmas Book Ever!
 
5.0
"JOLLY JINGLY CHRISTMAS is a cute rhyming, lift-the-flap, musical, non-religious celebration of the season. Each of the five full page..."
Dear Sweet Pea
 
4.0
"Sweet Pea is in her last year of primary school (K-7th grade) and will be starting at secondary school the..."
I Can Make This Promise
 
5.0
"I CAN MAKE THIS PROMISE is a moving middle grade contemporary fiction about trusting your parents, finding your heritage, and..."
Peppa Pig Festival of Mud
 
4.5
"What I Loved: The story is based off an episode of Peppa Pig, and definitely reads like one. It..."
Everybody Says Meow
 
N/A
"What I Loved: This is one of those books that you can't help but smile while you read, even..."
The Other, Better Me
 
4.0
"THE OTHER, BETTER ME is a contemporary middle grade novel that follows a ten-year-old, Lola, as she explores herself and..."
Goldilocks For Dinner
 
5.0
"What I loved: The illustrations in this book are unique and eye catching, engaging the children from the outset. The..."
Ember and the Ice Dragons
 
4.0
"EMBER AND THE ICE DRAGONS is a lush middle grade historical fantasy that follows Ember, a dragon who was transformed..."
Douglas
 
3.5
"DOUGLAS is the story of a mouse who lives at the theater. She often likes to eat the snacks dropped..."
Wild Honey from the Moon
 
5.0
"WILD HONEY FROM THE MOON is a story of boundless love and a mother's quest. Mother Shrew is worried about..."
The Halloween Tree
 
5.0
"Be prepared to start a new holiday tradition with THE HALLOWEEN TREE. On the Christmas tree lot, there is one..."
Wake Up, Farm! (Pop-Up Peekaboo)
 
5.0
"WAKE UP, FARM! is a delightful pop-up, lift-the-flap book that brings the farm to young readers. Beginning with Rooster who..."
Isle of You
 
5.0
"ISLE OF YOU is a beautiful picture book that contains words of encouragement and coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult..."
Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever
 
5.0
"DASHER is a beautiful and elegant Christmas story that introduces the reindeer before Rudolph. Dasher lives with her family in..."
Cog
Cog
 
4.0
"Cog looks like an ordinary twelve year old boy, but he is an advanced android that the scientists at uniMind..."
The Best At It
 
5.0
"Rahul lives in Indiana with his parents, younger brother Arun, and grandfather, whom he calls Bhai. He has a best..."
One Speck of Truth
 
4.0
"Alma knows that if good girls were girls with no questions, she wasn't a good girl. She has SO MANY..."