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

September 1, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★½

Book Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. SmithTitle: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by: Poppy on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 256
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three-half-stars

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?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Windfall

One Line: A sweet story that readers of all ages can easily connect to and enjoy.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

It’s been a very long time since I read a Jen Smith book, but it’s good to know she still draws me in with her writing and characters. I like that she’s able to keep her theme of a short time span, yet being able to pack so much story into it. So many things can indeed happen in just one night, if you let it. I think this is a very good book for teens to read, especially those in similar situations. Here we have Clare and Aidan, about to leave for college the next day, trying to figure out of they should stay together or break up, and also trying to enjoy their last night together with each other, and with their best friends. A lot of secrets come out, some entertaining things happen, and in the end, I liked that Smith left readers with hope and satisfaction, at least, that’s what I got out of it.

The setting is in Chicago, Clare is about to head to the east coast and Aidan will be going to the west coast. Clare is the logical one, the one who always has a plan and a list for everything. She knows that long-distance relationships don’t usually work out and she’d rather end her relationship with Aidan on a good note rather than have some kind of big blow up down the line and then break up. Aidan, on the otherhand, thinks they can make it work and he doesn’t want to give up on them just yet. I liked that there was a lot of push and pull, back and forth from each character. Their minds, although decided, weren’t definite on their situation. I also liked how Smith seamlessly weaved their relationship story as the night progressed. It gave me a good idea about them and made it easy to connect. There were moments that I really liked Clare and Aidan individually, and then there were moments where I didn’t like them and I appreciated Smith being able to pull those kinds of emotions from me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an emotional book, it was just more thought-provoking than anything and like I said, I could easily see a teen reading and relating to this situation.

This would be the fifth book that Jen’s written in this style and I’m happy that she was able to keep up the excellent work. I still need to get around to reading those three books I missed in between her first and this one though, so it’s good to know that I’m sure to enjoy them as well. It takes a lot to get me to genuinely like a YA contemporary, so it’s safe to say that Jen’s books will appeal to all readers alike. Smith’s writing style reminds me much of Gayle Forman’s, although not quite as poignant, but also way more engaging with ending that leave me way more content than with Forman’s. I like them both in different ways though. Anyways, if you’ve been a fan of Smith’s already, you’ll want to read this latest one and even if you’re not, I’d still say read this. It’s quick, it’s light, it’s fun, and it’ll leave you feeling good from start to finish.

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