Goodbye for Now (2020)

Goodbye for Now Laurie Frankel Goodbye for Now In the spirit of ONE DAY comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the st century Sometimes the end is just the beginning Sam Elling works for an internet dating company but he still can t get
  • Title: Goodbye for Now
  • Author: Laurie Frankel
  • ISBN: 9780385536189
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
Goodbye for Now Laurie Frankel In the spirit of ONE DAY, comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the 21st century Sometimes the end is just the beginning Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can t get a date So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the cIn the spirit of ONE DAY, comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the 21st century Sometimes the end is just the beginning Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can t get a date So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr and Ms Right.When Meredith s grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother Mining from all her correspondence email, Facebook, Skype, texts Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive It s not supernatural, it s computer science.Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help people through their grief And thus, the company RePose is born The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good bye, there is someone who can t let go In the meantime, Sam and Meredith s affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that once tasted, you can t live without But what if one of them suddenly had to This entertaining novel, delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump in the throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life both real and computer simulated Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own.
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  1. Jessica

    There is a difference between a book that is sad because it thoughtfully explores a sad topic and a book that feels emotionally manipulative because it just throws a lot sad events in your face and tells you how sad they are Whether a book comes down to one of or the other is, I think, a matter of personal experience It comes down to how much the book resonates with you and reflects the ways you ve lived those sorts of sad things This one, to me, felt like it fell into the second camp And I don [...]

  2. Larry H

    There are no words to describe how I m feeling now that I ve finished Laurie Frankel s hopeful and heartbreaking Goodbye for Now I absolutely loved the book although it really affected me emotionally, and I m also sad I m done with it.Sam Elling is an extremely intelligent computer programmer who works for an internet dating company He creates an algorithm to find your perfect soul mate, and testing it out on himself, meets the love of his life, Meredith, who works for the same company The bad n [...]

  3. K

    Eh Fascinating concept Mediocre execution.What would grieving for a deceased loved one be like if a computer could generate a sort of alter ego for the loved one, using all of the loved one s e mails, video chats, etc to generate a facsimile of the loved one to communicate with you Would that be a very good thing or a very bad thing This question lies at the heart of Goodbye for Now Our protagonist, a computer geek named Sam, has shown himself to be brilliant at using computer programming to red [...]

  4. Nicole

    Mithilfe eines Computers hat Sam seine Traumfrau Meredith gefunden Als deren Oma Livvie stirbt, versucht er sie zu tr sten Er l sst seinen Rechner aus alten E Mails von Livvie eine neue Nachricht generieren, wie die Oma sie geschrieben haben k nnte Meredith ist begeistert Sie will weiter mit ihrer virtuellen Livvie kommunizieren Und sie will anderen ebenfalls die M glichkeit bieten, auf diese Weise mit ihren geliebten Verstorbenen in Kontakt zu bleiben Doch damit beginnen die Probleme Und auch d [...]

  5. Marlene

    Originally published at Reading RealityWhat happens to us after we die is the province of religion and philosophy The ones we leave behind go through an entirely different process, we grieve the loss We mourn the hole that person has left in our lives we heal the broken places, we eventually move past it.But what happens when, out of a different kind of love, someone uses technology to short circuit that grieving process If you can stay in denial indefinitely, are you healed, or are you just bro [...]

  6. M

    3.5, to be totally honest, and like a three But I feel that a book like this needs to be viewed in two different ways the what, and the how The what here is awesome, the how not so much I will therefore start with the what.Many authors will tell you that their stories are often born about by a simple game of what if What if a star pitcher broke his arm, what if the world began to freeze over, what if everyone died and one person remained And now we have the big what if what if after people died [...]

  7. K

    I laughed, I cried, I honestly loved this book Goodbye for Now is a truly unique novel that focuses on how we love, how we grieve and how we let go Sam, a computer programmer, works for an online dating company and develops a program that can match people with their one true soul mate by looking at their true interests and honest online communication Sam tests the program on himself and is matched up with Meredith, a woman who works just down the hall from him their relationship quickly proves t [...]

  8. Linda

    All the reviews were good so I decided to dive into this intriguing concept I began this book curious to learn if technology really can ease the mourning process when a loved one or friend passes on I came away with mixed feelings on the subject It s certainly not for everyone The choice to use a service such as Sam creates is as individual as we are Mourning is a process, steps to being OK in the world without your beloved Talking to a computer version of a treasured human being would appear to [...]

  9. Katie Kenig

    I loved this book, even if it did break my heart just a little.Sam is a great computer programmer So great, in fact, that he creates an algorithm for his workplace a computer dating service that actually lets people find their soulmates And fast He tests it, and finds his own soulmate, Meredith, who he falls hard for and vice versa from the first date The only problem is, when everyone finds their soulmate right off the bat, the company collects no monthly membership fees You see where this is g [...]

  10. Tamary Anderson

    I received this book for free through First Reads I loved this book so glad that I got a chance to read it Sam is a computer programming nerd He works for a online dating company and creates an algorithm to match people up with their one true soul mate He uses it on himself first and finds Meredith Turns out, the algorithm works TOO good the company is losing money Sam is fired and when Meredith s beloved grandma died, he begins a new job creating an algorithm to allow Meredith to communicate wi [...]

  11. Aja

    This was a NY Times editor s choice book and I have no clue why Cliche, boring characters, a predictable storyline, plus a needless hot yoga sex scene I almost threw up while skimming through OK idea, but poorly executed And SPOILER ALERT, I cry at EVERYTHING so when you try to tug at my heartstrings with the death of a main character and I feel nothing, that is some really bad writing.

  12. Allizabeth Collins

    Description Sam Elling gets fired from an internet dating company after designing a ground breaking algorithm that actually calculates a person s soul mate The problem The software works too well, and after one date, prospective customers find the one and cancel their membership Fortunately, that is how Sam meets Meredith the girl of his dreams But the couple hit a rough patch when Meredith s grandmother, Livvie, dies.Meredith is inconsolable, her grandmother being one of the most influential pe [...]

  13. Kelly Roll

    Goodbye for now is well written and it certainly brings up a variety of questions regarding death I appreciated the questions raised in the novel such asHow long should we try and hang onto our loved ones and how healthy really is it to keep revisiting a computer projection that can never change while we do Can technology used in this way really help with the grieving process and or help people come to grips with unresolved issues Is social networking harmful in that it isolates instead of getti [...]

  14. Kim McGee

    Saying goodbye is hard So what if you didn t really have to Sam is a computer programmer with a heart of gold He develops a great program that helps you find your soul mate and it really works because Sam finds his in Meredith After Meredith s beloved grandmother passes away Sam sees that Meredith isn t ready to let go so he develops another wonderful program that lets her share emails with her grandmother This leads to another level and viola they are in the business of talking with the dead En [...]

  15. PopcornReads

    Book Review Giveaway Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel had a book cover I couldn t resist It s funny the things that draw you to a book cover, isn t it When I read the publisher s description, I couldn t figure out what link the story had to the cover but I was intrigued enough that I wanted to find out I m so glad I did This is a story about love and loss, of relationships we hold dear, but with a unique twist that only social media and the internet could provide It s definitely going to appeal [...]

  16. Elizabeta

    I m so annoyed by this book A great idea deals with AI where you get to talk with people you lost But the characters are soooo boring even when they were trying to be funny , the dialog is unrealistic who talks like that , relationships between them are unbelievable I just couldn t care less about them 95% of the book is about them, about their feelings and boring conversations Too bad, because I really like the idea, but very meh execution.

  17. Gayle

    Full review at everydayiwritethebookblog.Goodbye For Now is a novel set in Seattle When it opens, Sam and Meredith are coworkers at an online dating company, Sam a programmer and Meredith in marketing Sam develops an algorithm that identifies soul mates, which identifies Meredith as his perfect match They start dating and fall in love, and all goes well until Sam is laid off and Meredith s grandmother dies Meredith is devastated, and desperate to make her feel better, Sam creates a program that [...]

  18. Anna Janelle

    Gorgeous Amusing Extremely relevant Heart breaking and thought provoking Goodbye for Now is a book that will live on in readers memories long after finishing the book.I m going to try and make the review of this book intentionally vague because it s a book that everyone should own, and hug, and cherish Discover on their own I really can t say HOW MUCH this book affected me given the current circumstances of my life People die That a given But the people that are left behind, grieving the loss of [...]

  19. Grace

    Author Laurie FrankelTitle Goodbye for NowDescription Sam is a computer genius He works for an online dating company and comes up with the perfect algorithm to allow people to find their soulmates He uses it to find his Meredith, who works in the same company When he gets fired for costing his company business, he uses his skills to help Meredith get over the grief of losing her grandmother by writing an algorithm that will duplicate her online presence When they decide to offer this service to [...]

  20. Dianna

    This is my first free book Was excited to have won it and anxious to read it As it turns out, was not disappointed As a self proclaimed computer geek, Sam works for an internet dating company and still cannot get a date Deciding to tweak the program, he develops one that matches people with their soul mates He finds his perfect mate, Meredith In the meantime, it works so well, the company loses the repeat customers that keeps them in business and he is fired When his girlfriend s grandmother, Li [...]

  21. Emily

    What a beautiful book I already know that this is one that will stay with me for a very long time Sam is a computer programmer who is fired from a dating service when the algorithm he s written to match people with their perfect mate works too well and starts losing the company business, but not before it s found him his own perfect match, Meredith However, soon after, Meredith s grandmother dies and Sam invents an algorithm to bring her back, analyzing her electronic correspondence The ramifica [...]

  22. Helen

    This novel was very moving, but has such an unusual premise that I think many people will pass it by It takes on issues of the role of technology in grieving The fact that this is such an odd juxtaposition made it fascinating to me In the story, emails and face chats the deceased left behind are used to help heal those who are grieving the loss While reading this book, I found myself thinking a lot about my father, deceased since 1998 It wasn t that I wanted to communicate with him in the way th [...]

  23. Nicky Robinson

    An interesting concept here A story around the idea that a software program could be designed, based on all of our online interactions with our loved ones, so that an algorithm could predict our responses to emails, sms, or even by video chat after we die So we could effectively still be communicated with by our loved ones The book explores the implications of this concept on the people left behind, and whether it helped or hindered the grieving process the question of which was not really resol [...]

  24. Lisa Stein

    Very interesting premise Heartbreaking in one way Soothing in another A wee bit creepy, as well Enjoyed reading it Something different.

  25. Rose

    Death and dying When people become experts, they know what to do Sam was not an expert on death and dying, until he wanted to help someone This is what happens when someone so smart wants to help They can t think like common people, so what is born is than what was ever expected This book will stay with me for a long time I am so happy I read it Thank you Laurie Frankel, for understanding grief and our feeble ways of dealing with it.

  26. Jill Elizabeth

    My review copy of Goodbye for Now was provided courtesy of LuxuryReading, which also hosted the original shorter post of this book review on August 2, 2012 The title and back cover blurb are pithy, the cover is whimsical airplanes flying in a perfect cerulean sky, dotted with just the right amount of wispy white clouds The story is pretty much as far afield from those two adjectives as possible though in the best of all possible ways.Goodbye for Now is ostensibly the story of Sam Elling, a compu [...]

  27. Lindsay

    It wasn t a miracle It was computer science Sam Elling is a genius but lonely software engineer working, ironically, at an online dating company creating wondrous algorithms that will find you your soulmate He cracked the code to your heart He runs the programme on himself and finds his match within the same company, Meredith Maxwell His invention is so successful he is fired because it works too well His next invention will change his life Meredith suffers a loss and Sam has a computerised answ [...]

  28. Tori

    Wow what a thought provoking novel I sure can t do it justice in this brief review I have recently been reading a number of books that have computer geeks as main characters Reamde, Ready Player One, and this one and this is probably the trend of the foreseeable future Computers impact so much of our lives, and, in some cases, overtake them anyway, this story is about Sam, a computer genius, who works for an online dating company After figuring out with an algorithm for how to find your soulmate [...]

  29. Emily

    Weird overall concept, but somehow beautiful and sweet While so much of the story focuses on death and lost loved ones, it ultimately was a story of life and the connections that bind us There was a sort of manipulative twist about two thirds of the way through, but then again, the inner flap synopsis than hinted that something like this was about to happen I feared that the rest of the novel would fall flat, but instead, was life affirming.Some laughter, some tears, some swelling of the heart. [...]

  30. Diane

    When Sam Elling creates an algorithm for the internet dating company that employs him that matches people with their soul mates, two things happen he gets fired and he meets his soul mate.The owner of the internet dating company decides that people actually finding their soul mates would end his company, which relies on people continuing to search for that perfect person, so he fires Sam.Sam s algorithm matches him with Meredith, who works in the company s marketing department We watch as they f [...]

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