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Hello? by [Wiemer, Liza]
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Gr 9 Up—Tricia is grieving her beloved grandmother's death, alienating her potter boyfriend Brian, and contemplating suicide. She makes a telephone call to her grandmother's old number and unexpectedly bonds with Emerson, a young man with a restless girlfriend, Angie. This call forever alters the course of their intertwined lives in the Washington Island and Sturgeon Bay sections of Wisconsin. They are connected in different ways to Brenda, an aspiring actress and screenplay writer haunted by a traumatic event from her past. Wiemer's debut is smart and character-driven. The five protagonists have distinct viewpoints and share them via different narrative styles: Tricia (prose), Brian (prose and drawings), Emerson (prose), Angie (free verse poetry), and Brenda (screenplay format). They are depicted as real teens living life on their own terms, making mistakes and learning and growing from them. Readers will appreciate literary references to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 19th-century transcendentalist essayist and poet whom Emerson is named after. Chapters open with Emerson quotes. Savvy popular culture fans will savor references to everything from Frank Sinatra's signature songs to Led Zeppelin to films like Psycho and 500 Days of Summer. The author successfully ties these threads together without weighing down the narrative. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy quirky coming-of-age stories and believe in the human connection.—Donald Peebles, New York Black Librarians Caucus


"Tendrils of destiny and healing weave together through this fearless exploration...of love, friendship, and family. Deeply moving!"--NYTBS author Tammara Webber of Easy and Breakable

"In her YA debut, Liza Wiemer has officially launched herself on the map with grace. Hello? is a powerful and brilliantly woven story of love, loss, and human connection that makes you believe in the world again. It owned my heart from the first page to the last. One of the most original books EVER."--Hannah McBride, The Irish Banana Review

"A sensitive and deeply drawn portrait of five teens who's lives intersect in both obvious and surprising ways. Liza Wiemer's characters are so real they keep off the page."--Leah Cypress, author of the Death Sworn Series

During the 1960's, Carole King released an album entitled Tapestry--a masterful weaving of story and song. A half-century later, author Liza Wiemer has mirrored that blend by wonderfully stringing together several forms of narration, one specific to each of her characters. Hello? is a truly remarkable and memorable story communicated in a superbly envisioned way.

(Paul Volponi, award-winning author of The Final Four, Game Seven, and Black and White)

"Brave, beautiful, and wholly original, this story about tantalizing connections and heartbreaking relationships will haunt you, fill you with hope, and leave you smiling." 

(Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island series)

“Liza Wiemer’s Hello? is a poignant tale of friendship, love, loss, and resilience. Told from multiple points of view, the richly drawn characters offer a powerful example of how connected we all truly are. This book will compel readers to consider the existence of destiny. Hello? grabbed me from the first page and pulled me right through to the gorgeous ending.” 

(Kristina McBride, author of One Moment and The Tension of Opposites)

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  • File Size: 3398 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary; UK ed. edition (November 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015GY3TSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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