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Here are some sights and sounds of things mentioned in HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT.


Baltimore City at night


Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity

The Batusi

Mt. Vernon Place in Baltimore

Peabody Book Shop and Beer Stube, the real-life inspiration for Carmichael's Book Shop (the Peabody is now, sadly, closed).

The Ocean City Boardwalk

Hotel Majestic

A Haunted House in O.C.

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Hi Natalie, I'm literally crying in bed right now. I just finished your book and I felt so connected to Jonah and Bea that I am so torn by the way it ended. I am imagining how his life and Bea's will continue without one another, but I am desperately hoping that they meet again in the future. They are more than just characters in a book, you made them come to life and I loved this book sooo much. I hope there will someday be a sequel. I think you're an amazing writer, thank you for this book.
-Jazsmin12

Hi Natalie, I'm brazilian so a thousand apologies if I write something wrong, How to Say Goodbye in Robot is not very famous here, but I'm doing everything to make it, I think the super Bea like me, physically and psychologically, so can understand how this book is special to me. I would love to have a sequel, but as I do not know the future, I myself wrote my own sequel, do not know if it was as good as your story but I tried (haha), I just wanted to thank you for making this fantastic book and which eventually became my favorite. I hope to set up more of his books in portuguese here. I'm sorry again for mistakes if I made ​​any.
-Anne
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Thank you, Anne! Your English is wonderful. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, and I'm sure your sequel is very good. I would love for the book to be better known in Brazil, so good luck with that! Thank you again, and all the best to you.
-Natalie
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Natalie,
I absolutely loved your book! It had the right amount of emotion and caring and wittiness that a book could ever need! I have never read a more satisfying and heart wrenching book than How to Say Goodbye in Robot! I have read a lot of books, but this is by far my favorite. I first came across it a couple months ago when I was looking in my schools library for a book to read over spring break. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! Thank you so much for such a fantastic story about the story about two beautiful people. I think I'll always remember this story and Ghost boy and Robot girl won't be leaving the special place in my heart anytime soon.
-Tatiana
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Thank you so much, Tatiana! I'm so glad you liked the book and I love what you said about it.
-Natalie
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Natalie,
You pieced them together and tore them apart. You let them love and let them hate. This book made me cry and laugh and took me to another place. I hope 'till the end of time that you would PLEASE write a sequel. My favorite book- that's How To Say Goodbye In Robot- had me 'till the last sentence. And I'm glad to say, only YOU could do that. Future Cameren thanks you.
-Cameren Diaz *(Not the actor)*
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Thank you, Cameren! You put that so beautifully!
-Present Natalie
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Are you going to make a movie of How to Say Goodbye n Robot? It is one of my favorite books, and I would really enjoy it if there would be a movie.

~Eva
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I'd also like that, Eva! It's a possibility, but there's nothing certain yet. I will keep my fingers crossed!
-Natalie
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I love this book! Made me cry though hope there's a sequel in the future about this book it's really touching. I really can't explain the feelings.
-Jackie
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Thank you, Jackie! I'm honored that the book touched you. There's no sequel in the works now, but maybe someday.
-Natalie
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Hi, Katy again (from the comment below this). I just realized I wrote "your" instead of "you're."

My deepest apologies for this infraction of basic grammar rules.

This is my second time reading How To Say Goodbye In Robot, and I can say with out a doubt that it is my favorite book.

I was wondering, since your not writing a sequel at the moment, does Jonah ever find happiness? And do the two ever see each other again?

Anyway, thank you for writing this story, as it is the most beautiful book I've ever read.
-- Katy.
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Thank you, Katy! I am honored to have written your favorite book--truly. I can't imagine anything better.
I can't really answer your questions about Jonah's fate, since I think it's up to each reader to decide for his- or herself what becomes of him. But I think if I did write a sequel he and Bea would almost certainly have to see each other again at least once.
-Natalie
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I just read 'How To Say Goodbye In Robot' and I love it. I wasn't sure if I would like when I checked it out but it's so amazing. It's not like anything I've ever read. If reading takes you to another world this took me to a new universe. It's the kind of book that sticks with you. It doesn't have the happy ending you want. It's the kind of lay awake at night and think about it, take your breath away kind of book that I love and hate. I want to know what happens to Jonah but the fact that you don't know makes it seem so real. This book will be on my mind for a long time. Thank you so much.
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Thank you, anonymous reader. You put your thoughts so beautifully! I'm honored by them and very much appreciate your sharing them with me.
-Natalie
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Happy Holidays everyone!

Dear, Natalie

You are welcome, I hope someday I am able to meet you, it will be a big honor. Thank you for giving me your permission to write a fan fiction about it, have a happy holiday. I also just received a copy of the book, so I am very happy.

-Yerenny-

Bonjour, Natalie

I actually read this book two years ago, I use to work as a librarian Assistant in my old middle school and found the title as well as the picture of a phone interesting. I thought it would be a funny story about robots for some odd reason but then...at the first page, I fell in leave with Beatrice. When I read that Jonah was Albino it made me want to cheer, most authors don't really try to make their characters different. The story was amazing, I love how different and raw it was, the late night show, her Insomnia, it was something I could connect with as an Insomniac. I won't say too much since I don't want to spoil it for those that havent finished or read the book. I have read the story multiple time in the library and never grow tired of it, at the end, I still cry like a new born baby, its one of the few things that makes me cry. I have currently been able to buy the book and hope to pass it someday to my children and their children.

I wanted to ask your permission to possibly write a fanfiction of them, there is no way I could make them justice but it is something I have been thinking about.

Thank you so much for this amazing story and the lessons I was able to learn, as much as I want a sequel I won't ask for it but I do keep hoping for it, know what happened and such.

-Yerenny-
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Yerenny, thank you! I'm very touched to know that the book has meant so much to you. You have my permission to write fan fiction about the characters--it's thoughtful of you to ask.
-Natalie
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Hi!! You have to write a sequel to 'How to say Goodbye in Robot'! I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down! The characters, the humor, the style, I loved this book, and would love to read on about Bea's life. If you do not decide to write a sequel, I sincerely hope that this book gets made into a movie, I think it would be a great one!
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Thank you! I'm not writing a sequel at the moment, but I agree with you that it would make a great movie! I hope it will be one some day.
-Natalie
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Hi, I was in the school library when I found this book. I usually don't read this type of thing but when I started reading I couldn't help but love it. It gave a really realistic view on life so it was kind of new to me since I like fantasy. What really made me sad was the ending because Jonah left. I have always wanted a friendship like that so it made me really sad. If you could write a sequel I'm sure everyone who liked Goodbye in Robot would love it. You're an amazing author so please try.
Thanks - HelloIAmARobot
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I'm glad you liked it, HelloIAmARobot. I get a lot of requests for a sequel but I'm not planning one right now. Maybe someday!
-Natalie
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I just finished this book and it's literally two in the morning and I am bawling. Even though I am completely and utterly devastated by the ending of this book, I can't see it ending any other way. I was always waiting for that romentic moment when Bea and Jonah would kiss even though they never ended up doing any of that sappy romantic stuff, but I kind of liked their realationship just the way it was. I got really attached to Jonah so when he left it broke my heart but thank god he left the note and Catso and the pictures, because now Bea knew that he really did still care for her. I really wish there was a radio station like the one in the book where I live, because I would listen to it every night. Oh, and this is by far the best book I've ever read, and I've read a lot of books. And when I grow up I want to be a hair dresser from Iceland. Thank you.
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Ah, my dear, thank you for that lovely and thoughtful paragraph.
-Natalie
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hello. i would like to expressed how much i love this book. this book real helps me with what i am going through right now. maybe it is best to say goodbye to him. i don't know for sure. but i do know that i would be in love with jonah. i wouldn't go looking for him, but i'll be waiting for him to call in as ghost boy. i would know then, that he'll come back. if not, i'll keep waitng by the window with a book in hand. this book is amazing. there's not many books out there with endings like this. which honestly makes me sad. i hope to read more of your books.
- the waiting girl
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Thank you, waiting girl. You really got the spirit of the book.
-Natalie
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Hi there! I must say out of all the Young Adult books I have read, this incredible book had something different. Unlike steamy romances, this book had a thoughtful, quirky, "friend" ( if Jonah still came to terms with that title) relationship, that I want to read more of! I love how the ending is a cliff hanger, yet I want to search the shelves to see if you've written a sequel! All in all, Natalie, you did incredible with this book!
A little funny story here: I was reading another book of yours, Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, and I fell in love. At the library when I picked up some books. I picked up Confessions, and Goodbye in Robot, not even knowing they were written by you. Anyway... I had finished Sullivan, and started Goodbye, and felt the fluency of the well written text and actually said out loud, "this is the same author". It's amazing to be able to recognize the passion for writing through your works! I'm looking forward to reading more books of yours! :) Loved it so much!
- Bethany
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Thank you, Bethany! That is so cool. Your comment about the writing really means a lot to me.
-Natalie
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Hi, I just checked out this book from the school library and read it and I loved it. I really want to see a picture of them. I think I'm going to do an oil painting of Beatrice and Jonah when school gets out in a few days... I just wish I knew more about Jonah, it never mentioned if he was gay or not and what did he do when he left? Was it that they were above stupid relationship drama and sexual stuff? Because it was deeper than that. I know he's not real, but it'd be satisfying to know what happened... I keep imagining a sequel where Jonah's an an adult and he's being questioned by someone about his past... Or they reunite somehow...I just wish they would have stayed together. I know it's predictable and cheesy but I kept wishing that at the end they would have ran into each others arms, kissed and then ran away together, but I suppose they weren't really right for eachother romantically huh? Those stories about "real love" between a guy and girl that just isn't meant to be for some reason so they marry someone else, doesn't make sense to me. Like in 500 days of summer and stories in "chicken soup for the soul". The last page was... just... just... I have no words. I'm a freshman. I need a wider vocabulary. Anyway, I was kind of sad when it ended though... The book was amazing nonetheless. I think magical is a better word.
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Thanks for this note, dear reader. I know it's hard not knowing what happened to Jonah, but I didn't see any other way to end the book. I appreciate your thoughts about it!
-Natalie
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This book was like no other book I've ever read. I was in school when I finished it, and when I read the last page, I closed the book, and cried. Hard. People that something was seriously wrong. This is definitely one of my favorite books! I love hard Jonah and Bea were more than friends, more than best friends, more than boyfriend and girlfriend, even more than family. Like the book says, there's no specific word to identify them as. Their friendship was so real, and that's what made it beautiful. I wish there was a sequel! But all I really want to know is if Jonah is okay. Maybe he killed himself out of depression?! But I know he wouldn't do that. he loves Bea too much and he knows how it feels to loose someone you love, and he doesn't want her to go through that. Thanks for an amazing book!
-Colleen

I loved this novel. It has been a while since I read a really sad book and this one really hit the spot! Thank you so much for writing an exquisite and emotional novel. My only request is that you write a sequel. I fell in love with Bea and Jonah together and knowing that they're apart and lonely without one another is sad. Even if they don't end up together I would still like a little more closure through a second novel. It was great!

I wanted to write something about How to Say Goodbye in Robot, but I don't know if I can find the words. I adore it. The characters are all so wonderfully human- I think my favourite was Myrna, simply because she had so much charm and substance to her underneath her strange Elvis obsession. The late night radio show also really appealed to me, so much that after I'd finished I turned on my own radio for the first time in years! The depiction of different family situations was wonderful, as well, though I think my favourite moment in the book was when the two 'future guys' disappear from the inside of Kreeplax's bathroom.
On a more personal level, I wanted to thank you for writing about an intense platonic relationship like Beatrice and Jonah's. I've been searching for a book like this for a long time, and to finally find one so moving and well-written made me incredibly happy. I was up all night finishing it, texting quotes to my- well, Beatrice and Jonah never did come up with a word- with captions like "OH MY GOD??!!!" and "I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH". The ending is also fantastic- I cried so much!
Basically, thank you so much for writing this book. I feel like I'll carry it with me for a long, long time, and I'm begging all my friends to read it so they can feel the same.

Hello...I just wanted to say that this book is absolutely lovely. I've always wished for a friendship like that...they're just so much harder to come by in real life haha...anyway, this book made me cry, and books rarely do, so creds to you for such a wonderful and original story.
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Thank you all, dear Readers.
-Natalie
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I've read The Secret Tree and How to Say Goodbye in Robot and I love both of them! They have such intriguing plots, especially How to Say Goodbye in Robot. When I reached the end of that I was freaking out because I hoping that I'd know what happened to Jonah. Like what became of him or if he ever made contact with Bea again. Even though I was sad that I didn't find out, I thought it was a great way to end it. But, feel free to write a sequel or even and epilogue! It was really amazing how real the story felt and how serious the situation was. It's like one of my top favorite books!!!
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Thank you very much, Anonymous Reader!
-Natalie
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I have read this book so many times. I think part of the reason is because I feel the same way as Beatrice and Jonah do with a lot of my friends. The only problem is I cry every time I read it. I always hope that Jonah will return or Beatrice will find him, and every time it never happens. I know so many people have told you to write a sequel, but I really need one. Thank you so much for your amazing writing, you have inspired me as a writer, as I want to be one in the Future as Kreeplax would say. All the best in your Future writing.
-Robot Girl
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Thank you, Robot Girl. It makes me very happy to know that there are readers out there like you. I wish you good luck with your Future as a writer! I'm sure you'll be a wonderful one.
-Natalie
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Hi, my name is Olive. I wanted to know if you would wright more books like THE SECRET TREE, my daughter loved it and wanted a sequel. So I would hope you would consider it.
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Hi Olive,
I will definitely consider a sequel. Nothing is planned at the moment, but it is possible in the future. I hope it will happen!
-Natalie
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Hey this us me again....that was random...I put in my own name instead of your:( Yeah im a clumsy lady:) Anywasy ignore that!!!!

Hey Kieran Scott!!!
How To Say Goodbye In Robot was amazing! I loved it soo much! It is one of my faves now!
I was just wondering... was the ending intended for Bea and Jonas to one day got married, or something like that? Or did you want Jonas to remain a mystery......
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Thank you! I'm flattered to be confused with Kieran Scott. I always intended for Jonah's fate to be a mystery--that's one reason I'm reluctant to write a sequel. I like the mystery ending.
-Natalie
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Have you ever thought about making how to say goodbye in robot into a movie? i garrentie every one would watch it
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I would love that. Unfortunately, it's not up to me. But if anyone wants to make a movie of ROBOT, please let me know!
-Natalie
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Ok. So I normaly don't read these type of books- the realalistic type, I mean, if it's real, why do you need a book for it? Ya, so then I read your book... POINT TAKEN!! I loved this book! It is my favorite book ever- and let me tell you, that is a VERY hard ladder to climb, and this just shot staight to the top! I started about ten last night and read till 1:40am. I only read till 1:28am. I never do that. EVER!! I finished it this morning though- I was sad! I wish I could read more :) But I'm satisfied with the book, it has a good ending. Thats a very hard thing to come by- a good book that has a good ending (that doesn't mean I don't want an addition to this book;)
Hehe- Yours truely,
Masks And All
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Dear Masks And All-- Thank you very much! I'm so glad you liked the book. Realistic books are not the same as real life, and they can be wonderful. I am honored that you added my book to your list of favorites.
-Natalie
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I love how to say Goodbye in Robot! I was just wondering if there was a sequel, what would you write it about(friendship between them, moving on)? and what category would you put the book in Romance of friendship?
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Tough questions! I can't say for sure how a sequel would turn out until I write it, but I think it would show Bea and Jonah moving on and then reconnecting somehow. I would not call the book a romance but I would call it a love story, if that makes sense.
-Natalie
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I Love this book!!! It gave me a different meaning of friendship. Thanks for writing this wonderful book!!!
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How to say goodbye in Robot was such a great book! It made me cry sooo much! Ther book was great because there was love between your characters without PDA. It was so amazing!!!! SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks to both of you! No plans for a sequel right now, but maybe someday.
-Natalie
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Hi Natalie! I am halfway through your book and I cannot put it down!! I'm trying to find something like the Night Light Show in my town but I can't find anything... Are there actually stations like that?(:
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Radio shows like The Night Light Show are very rare. I don't know of one that exists right now. There was a show in Baltimore in the 1990s called Legends Radio: Over Fifty Overnight, but the host died and it's no longer on the air. That show was a big inspiration for the Night Lights.

The closest I can come now to a show like that is Coast to Coast AM, a national late-night call-in show that covers aliens, ghosts, psychics, and things like that. Check their web site, www.coasttocoastam.com, to find a station where you can hear it.
-Natalie
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Oh my gosh!!Honestly this is one of THE BEST books I've ever read!everything seemed so real and you really made me feel like I as a part of the story and I was Beatrice when she was with Jonah.this book was a very satisfying read and I'm glad I got it!the ending was a little sad though,I really think they should've been together,they were perfect!!thanks for writing such a great book it really was amazing!I can't wait to read it again and also some of your other books!to anyone reading this you MUST read How To Say Goodbye In Robot,you won't regret it!! :)
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This book is amazing!!! I totally loved it!!i think it's really cool how you had the characters and how they were different but still loved each other and got to be so close.really awesome book but the ending made me cry!!!so sad!!
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Thank you so much, both of you!
-Natalie
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It is 6 in the morning and I just finished your book! I couldn't put it down at all! I absolutely LOVED it!! I would definitely like a sequel although I liked how this ended. Maybe an epilogue of a little encounter between Jonah and Bea in the future? :) Pretty please? I really really enjoyed the book! Happy writing :)
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This is a very popular topic! Thank you for your kind words. An epilogue is a very interesting idea. I will think about it!
-Natalie
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HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT NEEDS A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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I'm so glad you love the book! I'm not sure about a sequel, though. Maybe someday.
Sorry! But thanks for the love.
-Natalie

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