In this latest Young Adult novel by Jennifer E. Smith, she talks about the FIRST: Love, Relationship and Heartbreak.
I’ve been a big fan of Jennifer E. Smith since I first read This Is What Happy Looks Like. I love her long and witty titles and I even adore her more when I met her in person during her book signing last year! Prior to the book signing, Jen E. Smith informed her Filipino readers that she is already working on her fourth YA novel and set to be released on September 2015!
When I saw that Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between is part of the upcoming blog tour for September, I signed up immediately and I was very ecstatic when the copy had sent to me for a book review.
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?
What I like about the story:
The Stop Overs. In every relationship, remembering how you started for me is a cool thing. Instead of chapters, HGAEIB are divided into ‘Stops’. These are the places that Clare and Aidan went when they met; they began as a couple and during their relationship. My favorite is Stop #7 Fountain (Heartbreaking!). I love how Jennifer Smith thought about this concept!
The 12 hours penalty before saying good-bye. How can you spend the last twelve hours of being together for the last time? Are you going to follow the well-planned list, going to stick with some surprises or go with the flow? Clare and Aiden realizes that while the minutes passes, they are things that they should let go and accept.
Meet the third choice. In every relationship, there are only two options when lovers have to break up or stay for each other: grow apart or grow together. I didn’t know that there is another option: Will come back to each other LATER. A scary word for a couple because there are a lot of things that can happen in the span of time being apart.
Quotes and pages to remember:
Stella to Clare:
“He’s an idiot. But he’s your idiot.”
“Because love wasn’t something you could take back. It was like a magic spell. Once you said the words, they were simply out there, shifting and changing everything that had once been true.”
How it ends:
A surprising prologue with twist of a question and a decision.
Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between is the most realistic book that Jeniffer Smith has written yet. I recommend this novel for those who want to fall in love, be in a relationship or who want to remember their FIRSTS. Good job Jen E. Smith!
Perk’s rating: 4/5
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Thank you Pinoy Book Tours for the Advance Reader’s Copy!