How Many Letters Are in Goodbye? – Yvonne Cassidy

*I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* 

Every once in a while, as a reader you stumble upon a book so unique to other books that it leaves an impact in a way that other books don’t. For me, How Many Letters are in Goodbye? is one of those wonderful books. 

How Many Letters Are in Goodbye? centres around Rhea as she writes letters to her deceased mothers whilst she’s living  on the streets in New York. Throughout the book, as you see Rhea struggling but continuing to write letters, you learn about her past and her family’s past and how and why she has ended up homeless. 

What I loved the most about this novel is the way in which it tackles three topics which are normally ignored within YA fiction; homelessness, homosexuality and disability, and it does so boldly and brilliantly. The plot is well developed as are the characters, you’ll be best friends with Rhea in a matter of pages (or at least I felt like I was). 

How Many Letters are in Goodbye? is one of the most unique and brilliant YA novels I’ve read in a long time and I shall most definitely be picking up more of Yvonne Cassidy’s work in the future. I cannot recommend this book enough! 

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