Bea attends a new school and befriends the biggest social outcast. Together they develop a close platonic friendship because they both feel so different from everybody else.
How to Say Goodbye in Robot has a satisfying, quirky plot that keeps readers interested. Plot elements such as loyal listening to a late night radio show, agonizing over decisions regarding a close family member with severe disabilities, intentionally befriending social outcasts, and attending bizarre theme parties full of strangers were appealing in unexpected ways. Pink pages at the beginning of each chapter contributed to the freshness of this novel. One theme of the book is "understanding what to do if one's emotional responses to situations are not socially appropriate."