Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Book Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.  We received a copy of Jennifer E. Smiths' book for an honest review.

About the book:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this new irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

Jennifer E. Smith's books are what I envision for the Young Adult genre.  They aren't to dark or heavy, but do have lessons of self-discovery and life mixed in.  They are clean and always great reads.  I was anxious to get my hands on her newest book and I was not disappointed.  Clare and Aidan are both leaving for college.  They have been dating for two years and are going to schools that are opposite coasts.  They are spending their last night reliving their relationship and deciding the future of it.  They go on a relationship scavenger hunt  to some of their spots.  They travel to the first place they met, first place they fought, first place they talked all night, etc.  Clare hopes these places will help them decide if they should stay together through a long distance relationship or break-up.  As they visit different spots a lot of memories are shared and new ones are made.  They meet up with friends and have some major drama along the way.  They discover truths about each other that they were not aware of.  The ending was not what I was expecting, but I thought it was perfect.

I loved the premise of this book and how each character evolves through the story.  They both have their own issues to work out and in a way they do.  Clare learns not to take the easy road and Aidan decides to just jump in to his life.  I like that there are struggles, because that is real life.  Everything isn't perfect with the characters, but again, that is life.  I enjoyed the message of hope and how, eventually, they were able to make rational, thought through decisions.  I felt good after reading this book and isn't that how we should feel after reading a book?  I can't wait for people to get their hands on this book and to read it.  I enjoyed it immensely and fans of Jennifer E. Smith will not be disappointed!

Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

JENNIFER E. SMITH is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In BetweenThe Geography of You and MeThis Is What Happy Looks LikeThe Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Storm MakersYou Are Here, andThe Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty languages.

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