Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
“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?... This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions”
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I really wanted to like this one. As I have said, I adore Smith's earlier novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and I have been reading the rest of her work trying to find another like it. For me Smith has never quite captured the sweet and exhilarating feeling of both traveling and finding love as she had in ...First Sight.
Still, there was nothing particularly bad about Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. The characters were fine, the setting was fine, and the plot was fine. Maybe that was the problem with the book, it was all so generic... and dragged out. The 'will they/won't they' for 240 odd pages was a little much. Basically the story is that, Clare and Aidan spend their last night before college trying to figure out if they should break up or try a long distance relationship because Clare is going to Dartmouth and Aidan to UCLA. Along the way they sort of try to visit their best moments by stopping at various places - where honestly nothing really happens. Smith introduces the reader to their friends and family, but you never get much of a full picture of anyone - especially Stella and Scotty who I wanted to know more about.
I understand that Smith was trying to capture those last few summer moments before college where everything is about to change and you are trying to figure out who you are going to be. For me I wished she had used more of that instead of the romance situation.
Words To Live By
"No, maybe it's better this way. Maybe we just have to learn to stop needing each other so much."
"Maybe it's okay to be a little lost."
"Maybe the world isn't full of signs so much as it's full of people trying to use whatever evidence they can find to convince themselves of what they hope to be true."