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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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Gr 8 Up—The author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Little, Brown, 2012) returns with a sentimental story about high school sweethearts who, on the last night before they leave for college, revisit meaningful locations to decide the fate of their relationship. Clare is the levelheaded and logical pragmatist who thinks they should break up. Aiden is the romantic and spontaneous optimist who thinks they should stay together. But this work is not just about their relationship; it's about the frightening and exciting transition that all new college students go through as they leave everything they've known behind and venture into the unknown. For Clare, high school, her friends, her hometown, and all of what felt so important to her for so many years already seem tinged with nostalgia and are miniscule compared to the life ahead of her. Many readers will be able to identify with that feeling and with the realistic characters and experiences presented in Smith's latest work. VERDICT Students approaching the college transition, those who have already experienced it, and fans of romantic, realistic fiction will most enjoy this relatable, emotive story.—Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
Praise for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between:
"What keeps [the story] fresh and on the literary side of the genre are engaging, closely observed characters, Clare and Aidan among them, portrayed with such intimate, intense authenticity that readers too feel invested in their choices. Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith's oeuvre."―Kirkus Reviews
"Students approaching the college transition, those who have already experienced it, and fans of romantic, realistic fiction will most enjoy this relatable, emotive story."―SLJ
"Fans of sentimental and intelligent romances will be drawn to this smart approach to relationships."―School Library Connection
"Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is the love story of Clare and Aidan, high school sweethearts who spend one last day together before college separates them, possibly forever. It's also the love story of good friends, of home, of what used to be and what's to come. This latest stunner from Jennifer E. Smith will linger in your aching heart. (But it's a good ache. The best kind.) It's an ache that comes from characters who are so real they breathe, and a relatable story that generates feels-lots of them- on every page."―Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
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Do I agree? Not really. I did enjoy this story, but I think maybe the plot was too far from my own experience to really get engrossed.
For instance, as noted in the summary, Clare and Aiden have been together for a few years. I didn’t have a high school boyfriend. I also didn’t go to college too far away from home (though I did move out). I had also ditched the high school scene kind of early to do some early college work.
That being said, there was a lot of tension and emotion that I could relate to. There is something so surreal and unbelievable about graduating high school and leaving for college. Even though you’ve spent four years with a group of people (provided you attended the same high school for all four years), those last days feel like a rush cramming memories and goodbyes. There is pressure to make it memorable. If you can make it memorable, then maybe it will last. Though, deep down you know things are going to change.
Another thing I love about Smith’s books are her flawed characters. Clare is self-absorbed. Not in a mean girls way, but in a “I’ve got big things going on and I’m failing to recognize other people do too” kind of way. And it was refreshingly normal. There is a lot of hurt and cutting words are exchanged, but it’s motivated by fear, change, and loss rather than a desire to wound someone. So, while it would have been easy to be annoyed by Clare or Aiden or any of the rest of the characters, I was just sympathetic.
So, while I wouldn’t say it was better than Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, it was definitely on par with Smith’s other novels, and I can’t wait to read the next one.
As if this didn’t already pique my interest – come on, you gotta’ admit, this one sounds cuuute – I had two really good blogging friends (shout-out to Amber and Kara) telling me, reading a book by this author was a must. Though I would have eventually gotten around to reading them, I’m glad a review copy did arrive on my doorstep, “forcing” me to sit down, and become lost in its charms. Saying this probably isn’t fair since this is the only of Jennifer’s I’ve read, but this book, somehow seemed… different.
Clare and Aiden are amazing characters. I loved how “unpolished” they were. They were average teenagers on the cusp of changes and bigger decisions yet they were unique. I never once questioned their love or relationship, which flows naturally and reads authentic in every situation. I was swept into their whirlwind night, flip-flopping in my opinion of what the endgame was to be (and I may or may not have read ahead… but I’ll never tell). The interesting side stories and memories the characters inspire is charm personified. Basically, when I turned the last page, I was left wondering why I’d not read one of Jennifer’s books. This might have been my prologue to her works, but it won’t be the epilogue. Lighthearted when it counts, poignant when it should be, and appropriately emotional, 'Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between' should be on your “must” list for this fall. In short, you’ll despise having to say “goodbye” to this charmer.
Content: I honestly don't remember much of issue in this novel. There are a few minor profanities and perhaps a sexual reference or two, and a "fade to black" type sex scene.
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