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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

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"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)

Product Details

  • File Size: 3398 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary (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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A moving interwoven story about five teens, very cleverly and deeply written in different writing styles— prose, poetry, script— so seamlessly it's a feat for this debut novel. A great read for adults as well as teens.
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Adult literary fiction and poetry are my go-to reads, and once or twice a year I’ll crack the spine of a YA novel that’s touted to have a special “something” that sets it apart. HELLO? by Liza Wiemer has earned its place in that category. Wiemer tackles tough issues, and she does it in a fresh and creative way by gambling on her ability to weave together a story told from five distinct viewpoints. Plus, the gutsy format pays off and adds texture to this coming-of-age story where teen angst, grief, uncertainty, and heartbreak are explored in deeply personal and realistic ways. This is a touching, thoughtful, and uniquely executed story that I highly recommend.
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I absolutely loved this book. I actually bought this book as a gift for my 13 year old son but selfishly I wanted to read it too... and I'm so glad I did! As a busy mom of 3, I have very little free time for myself, and I could not wait to sneak in as much time as I could so I could read this book. It was worth every penny and minute I spent on it. I absolutely loved the characters and how Liza Wiemer weaved their stories together. Each character's POV was presented in their own personal style which I thought was clever and very refreshing. Most importantly - I admire how the author addresses some very serious yet realistic situations that kids - especially teenagers - may face in school and among their peers. I think I'm finally ready to share this book with my son - unless I read it again :)

To Ms. Wiemer - Thank you for bringing those issues to light, offering various perspectives on how to address them via your characters, and offering resources for those who may need help. I cannot wait to read more from you! Keep them coming!
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I loved this book and could not put it down.
I really liked the fact that the different characters had different styles of narration and felt it made the book very easy to quickly get invested in the story and distinguish between the characters. Every young adult, and everyone for that matter can identify with at least one of the characters. This should be a must read for every high school student to create a platform to discuss friendship. love, loss and hope. For that matter, everyone who reads the book of any age, will enjoy this beautifully written tapestry of intertwining characters facing universal challenges.
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There are so many different openings I came up with to review Liza Wiemer’s miracle of a novel, “Hello?”, yet not one of them really works.

I thought of the REM song lyric, “Everybody hurts, sometimes.” In “Hello?”, everybody hurts at some point or another. Sometimes, it’s because of their own actions—a missed signal given or acted upon, a lie left to fester too long. Other times, the hurt comes from the death of a most-cherished loved one, or memories of long-ago wounds. Still others hurt because they don’t know how to relate to their loved ones’ pain—or when, simply, to give them the space and time they need to sort out their feelings.

I thought, too, of a really nasty curveball. In baseball, a great curveball comes out of the pitcher’s hand, and it looks so incredibly enticing—OMG, this guy made a mistake! I’m going to smash this into the cheap seats—then, right at the point the batter swings, the ball breaks sharply downward, and bat misses ball by a ridiculous margin. “Hello?” is full of curveballs. Liza Wiemer’s characters all have their secrets and scars (some scars metaphorical, others corporeal). When some of her characters think they know another’s truth, there’s the sharp break, and they’re off by a mile.

Similarly, as readers, we are kept back on our heels, as curveball after curveball leaps up at us from the page. Practically every time we know just what a person has been through or why they behave a certain way, there it is, and we’re left wide-eyed, wondering how we could’ve been so badly fooled.

This isn’t authorial trickery, though. It’s our own fault for expecting people—and characters—to be so easily predictable and shallow, that we can properly assume what lurks beneath their respective surfaces.
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Some times when I see a book and read the blurb I just know this is the next book I have to read. That happened with "All the Bright Places" and its one of my most treasured reads. That is happened with Hello? I knew this book was going to be epic, I knew I was going to love it and I knew that I would still be thinking about it once I finished it. I read this book straight through, all 400+ pages, I couldn't stop. So at 5am when my sleepy eyes read the last word I smiled and knew it was worth it. While I love my dystopian series, vampires, kick ass female heroines, and sultry contemporary couples I find the best books, the ones that touch my heart are the ones that deal with the realistic story lines. Ones that touch on subject that hit home with many readers. While most books concentrates on one subject like bullying, suicide, OCD, this book touched on many different scenarios. It centers around five characters that each are dealing with their own crisis, all these characters are strung together and one phone call begins a ripple effect that will change each of their future. These characters are written so eloquently and the story is heartbreaking beautiful. I defiantly shed some tears throughout this story and I hurt when the characters hurt. The way the chapters were written was different and I really loved it. It reflected each characters personality and helped me to be closer to them. The great unknown factor was heartwarming even more so because we get to see the effect it has on the characters Tricia and Emmerson, making you ponder does everything happen for a reason, is there such a thing as fate? The author has expressed that this story hits close to home and you can tell, she writes with such care for her characters hoping to provide a peaceful future for them , for her.Read more ›
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