Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (Review)

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in BetweenHello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
by Jennifer E. Smith
YA Contemporary Romance
Hardcover & ebook, 256 pages
September 1st 2015 by Poppy
Summary

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.

  

My Review

HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN is a story about two high school graduates who have been inseparable best friends and boyfriend/girlfriend for the last two years and aren't sure what it means for them to go away to separate colleges as they start a new stage in their lives. The book takes place over mostly twenty-four hours as the couple relive old memories and make some surprising new ones. Like Smith's other books, the characters came alive and felt authentic. The dialogue was fabulous! Full of shared memories, banter, and more. If you enjoy contemporary YA or Smith's other books, then you should enjoy this one.

My favorite thing about this author's books are always her characters. I loved Aidan. Loved him. He was fun and he put his whole heart out there and wanted to hang on. I struggled with Clare a little. She was so stuck on her plan, not only for the time she has left with Aidan, but also for her life. She's so focused on it that she doesn't leave a whole lot to chance or change, even when there might be good reasons to do so. I wasn't sure about the answers for them both, but I did feel a little differently than they did. There were some other memorable characters as well that added to the story, but this was really Aidan and Clare's show.

The story had some climaxes, but it was more of a winding story as the characters went back and forth and had to decide where their relationship was going to be at in the end. I would have liked it a little cleaner in content, but it was also very realistic. I did love the ending. It was probably one of my favorite parts of the book. I loved what the end decision was and I loved Aidan's response. It fit, it worked, and it was lovely.

Content: Some swearing, innuendo, partying, drinking, and one suggestive (fade-to-black) scene.

Source: eARC from Netgalley, but read purchased copy.


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