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Hello? Paperback – November 10, 2015
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"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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An easy and engaging book. I enjoyed all of the characters and their stories. I would definitely read another book by this author.Published 2 days ago by Suzy McFarfle
YA adult book that focuses on high school juniors and seniors. I'm a mom of preteens, and I'd say this is more for older teens and adults. Read morePublished 24 days ago by L. Witten
This is a great book for teenagers. If you think your child is sad and you're not sure why this is a good book to get them to read or listen to in audio. Read morePublished 24 days ago by vtmom
I loved this book! Couldn't stop reading it. What a great story. It's about love and loss and just finding one's self in order to live on and be happy. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Geri Lynn Novak
If you are a teenager, you might enjoy it. Adults, not so much!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This story seems kind of cliche when you read the description, but it's way more enticing as you read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Britt
Through love and friendship, choice and fate, the mundane and the divine, Liza Wiemer expertly weaves together five incredibly relatable teen stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heidi (YA Bibliophile)
I am a high school teacher and had my advanced and regular level classes read this novel. I was amazed by how this book resonated with almost all of my students. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory B Sheff